Main Street Resurfacing, Sidewalk Reconstruction, & Related Work

MassDOT Project 608297


Project Updates

As of 5/20/2022

MassDOT Advisory: Tewksbury

Overnight Paving Operations along Main Street (Route 38) and Colonial Drive


Work will be conducted nightly on Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24 during the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Temporary Detours will be in place

Tewksbury – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it will be conducting overnight paving operations along Main Street (Route 38) in Tewksbury. The work is to begin at the intersection of Main Street and Colonial Drive on Monday night, May 23, during the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., paving the northbound lane.  Traffic will be detoured in three separate phases as the paving progresses. The locations of the phases and detours are as follows:

Phase 1: Paving from Colonial Drive to Chandler Street.

Southbound traffic detoured right to Chandler Street, left onto Foster Street, and left onto Colonial Drive.

Phase 2: Paving from Chandler Street to Pleasant Street.

Southbound traffic detoured to East Street, left onto Lee Street, and left onto Chandler Street.

Phase 3: Paving from Pleasant Street to Nelson Street.

Southbound traffic detoured onto Summer Street and back to Pleasant Street.

The southbound lane of Main Street will be paved the following evening, Tuesday, May 24, during the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., utilizing the same phases and detours.

This work is part of a $4.6 million project for resurfacing and related work along a section of Main Street (Route 38). Work is expected to be completed in early Fall 2023.

Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed and use caution. Appropriate signage and messaging will be in place. The schedule for this work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are also encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real–time conditions.
  • Visit Mass 511, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.


As of 5/13/2022: MassDOT’s contractor, Newport, will be working nights next week due to daytime traffic concerns. They will continue to raise structures from Colonial Drive to Pleasant Street. They finished from Pleasant Street to Nelson Avenue last night. They will utilize the milling detours as needed.

Here is the anticipated work plan:

  • Sunday and Monday - Chandler to Pleasant 
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - Chandler to Colonial
  • Thursday - If needed


As of 5/11/2022: MassDOT will continue roadway operations on Main Street in Tewksbury on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 and Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. Appropriate signage, law enforcement details, and messaging will be in place to guide drivers through the work area. Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.


MassDOT Advisory: Tewksbury

Overnight Milling Operations along Main Street (Route 38) 

Work will be conducted nightly on Sunday, May 8, Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10, during the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Temporary detours will be in place

TEWKSBURY – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it will be conducting overnight milling operations along Main Street (Route 38) in Tewksbury.  The work is scheduled to be conducted in three phases, and will occur nightly on Sunday, May 8, Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10, during overnight hours from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. All work is anticipated to conclude by 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11.

The phasing, location and schedule for the milling operations will be as follows:

    Phase 1 - Milling operations will take place from Colonial Drive to Chandler Street on Sunday, May 8, from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. Southbound traffic will be detoured right to Chandler Street, left onto Foster Road, and left onto Colonial Drive.

    Phase 2 - Milling operations will take place from Chandler Street to Pleasant Street on Monday, May 9, from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. Southbound traffic will be detoured to East Street, left onto Lee Street, and left onto Chandler Street.

    Phase 3 - Milling operations will take place from Pleasant Street to Nelson Street on Tuesday, May 10, from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. Southbound traffic will be detoured onto Summer Street and back to Pleasant Street.

Police details will be deployed to safely direct traffic through the work zone utilizing localized signed detours and bi-directional traffic patterns during the milling work. 

This work is part of a $4.6 million project for resurfacing and related work along a section of Main Street (Route 38). The work is expected to be completed in early fall 2023.

Appropriate signage, law enforcement details, and messaging will be in place to guide drivers through the work area.

Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

All scheduled work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are also encouraged to:

    Dial 511 and select a route to hear real–time conditions.

    Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory

    information and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.

    Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.

    Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

Detour Maps

Sunday Night Detour

Monday Night Detour

Tuesday Night Detour


Project Overview

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is undertaking a major project to resurface approximately 1.6 miles of Main Street.  The project will encompass the area between Nelson Avenue to Colonial Drive.  Some areas of Main Street will be widened to accommodate both vehicles and cyclists.  Cement concrete sidewalks and vertical granite curbing will be installed along the corridor.  Guardrails will be replaced throughout the project limits.  The drainage system will be cleaned and repaired.  Additional drainage structures will be added where needed.  The work will include the installation of sediment and erosion control best management practices (BMPs) prior to the proposed activities.  The Project will improve safety, operations, and connectivity for all users, consistent with the Healthy Transportation Policy Directive (P-13-001 & E-20-001).  Specifically, the Project will enhance safety and connectivity by eliminating gaps in the sidewalk network, improving mid-block crossings and update intersection geometry to MassDOT standards to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  A notice of Intent was filed with the Tewksbury Conservation Commission and an Order of Conditions was issued on May 11, 2021.

Project Schedule

MassDOT’s Contractor, Newport Construction, has begun installing the construction warning signs along Main Street.  Work is expected to begin at the end of March/beginning of April.  The detailed project schedule is still being developed and will be made available as soon as possible.