Barnes Road project continues for a few more weeks

Shoulder widening and resurfacing on Barnes Road will continue for a few weeks. - Brian Dowd

Construction on Barnes Road in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs will continue for the next few weeks.

Edgartown town administrator James Hagerty told The Times in an email that the town is completing the remaining half-mile of shoulder widening and resurfacing that was started in the spring of 2017. The shoulder will be about 18 inches wider on each side of the road.

The project should be completed in about three to five weeks, weather permitting, Hagerty said.

Oak Bluffs highway superintendent Richard Combra told The Times the road is old, and has always been “pretty narrow.” With lots of traffic — especially from big trucks — the road’s edge was collapsing.

Oak Bluffs is doing the same shoulder widening and resurfacing work Edgartown is doing, continuing from the Edgartown–Oak Bluffs border to the rotary.

“Widening [the road] 18 inches will help preserve the life of the road,” Combra said.

Combra echoed Hagerty’s timeline, and said he hopes the project will be completed in a few weeks, hopefully by Dec. 1.