New sidewalks have been installed at the Townsend town common. JACOB VITALI/LOWELL SUN
New sidewalks have been installed at the Townsend town common. JACOB VITALI/LOWELL SUN

TOWNSEND — Iconic Townsend Common has been spruced up, with new sidewalks running between Routes 119 and 113.

Roger Rapoza, superintendent of the Cemetery and Parks Department, said funding for the project came from a $70,000 state grant, with the town providing $25,000 for engineering costs. The sidewalks were a priority for his department because their condition had deteriorated and they were hazardous to common users.

Securing funding began prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Work started in the late fall and was temporarily halted due to frozen ground conditions brought on by winter weather. A site walk was performed on Friday, May 15, to review the final product and any lingering cleanup work.

Construction was completed by the Worcester-based company JAM Corporation. Rapoza said that 1,300 linear feet of concrete was used, totaling 110 cubic yards. The sidewalks are eight inches thick and weigh about 4,000 pounds.

“They’re not going anywhere,” Rapoza said.

Underneath the sidewalks is PVC piping installed in case the town decides it would like to run irrigation or wiring in the future. Rapoza said that doing so will prevent the need to cut the sidewalks in the future.

Rapoza also said that the project would not have been possible without the support of Town Administrator Jim Kreidler who played a “major role” and handled “a lot of paperwork” between the state, the bidding, and the contractor.

He hopes the town will take advantage of the finished product.

“It’s something that really needed to be done and with the funds being available, I think everybody is really going to enjoy having them out there,” Rapoza said.

Lifelong Townsend resident Albert “Tubby” Boucher, who has served on the Cemetery and Parks Commission for 54 years, said he was appreciative of the project and that it enhanced the beauty of the historic town common.

“It looks absolutely marvelous,” Boucher said.