Transit Bus Transfer Center project in final stages
Last portion involves expanding Wareham Alley
The Washington County Transit Bus Transfer Center Project will include a new building for the transit center, a parking lot for Washington County employees, and expansion of Wareham Alley. (By Caleb Calhoun, Staff Writer)
"We are putting the final touches on the project," Slocum said. "Hopefully, it will be finished in the second or third week of July."
According to Slocum, the last part of the project has involved expanding Wareham Alley from the Transit Center to Jonathan Street.
"We plan to add sidewalks and expand the area," he said. "This will make it more pedestrian friendly."
A story published in early May reported that federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would pay for that part of the project. The cost of adding sidewalks to the alley would be around $125,000, the story said.
"Because of the American Disabilities Act, we've improved access to the alley for disabled people as well," Slocum said. "This is another way for us to help all pedestrians."
The Washington County Transit Bus Transfer Center project began in August 2010, after the Washington County Commissioners voted in June to award the contract for the project to Callas Contractors Inc., according to a published report in April.
The project involved the construction of a new building in the same location, the 200 block of West Franklin Street, for the Washington County Commuter bus system. It also included a new parking lot for Washington County employees, and the expansion of Wareham Alley.
The project was expected to cost about $1.5 million, according to published accounts from last June.