The first portion of a state project to reconstruct Route 14 in Pembroke is nearing completion.
The overall $7.6 million project, which began a year ago, involves rebuilding the roadway and other improvements along the 3.3-mile stretch of Route 14 from the Hanson town line to Washington Street (Route 53).
Town Administrator Edwin Thorne said the project was divided into a western segment -- from the town center to the Hanson line -- and an eastern segment -- from the town center to Route 53.
Work on the western segment, the focus of much of the construction to date, is expected to be completed in September, Thorne said, to be followed by the bulk of the improvements to the eastern segment.
The work includes widening and resurfacing the road, constructing sidewalks and curbing, drainage upgrades, and new culverts that will provide passageways for herring in their annual migration through town to spawning grounds in Oldham Pond.
The western segment upgrade also includes constructing a roundabout at Mattakeesett Street.
The construction, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018, is being funded entirely by the state. The town contributed about $200,000 to pay for engineering and the inclusion of some drainage work that was beyond the scope of the state project.
“Our Police Department and the contractor and Mass DoT have worked really well together and minimized the number of delays on the road,” Thorne said.John Laidler can be reached at email@example.com.