Could Tewksbury Residents See a Smoother Drive on Route 38?

According to the Lowell Sun, $10 million could be approved to fix a two-mile stretch of road on Route 38.

Potholes could be fixed on Route 38 in Tewksbury. (File Photo)
Potholes could be fixed on Route 38 in Tewksbury. (File Photo)
It's a bumpy ride for Tewksbury residents driving on Route 38. But funding that is a part of the proposed transportation bond bill recently approved by the Massachusetts State Senate may be paving the way for a better commute.

During Tuesday night's Board of Selectmen meeting, the Lowell Sun reported that $10 million was added to the $13 billion transportation bill by Sen. Barry Finegold. The money is designed to upgrade the roads on a two-mile stretch of Route 38 that Tewksbury officials say is in need of desperate need of repairs and could be deterring businesses from opening their doors in town.

"It's a state road, and I can't understand why all these agencies can't figure out how to pave Route 38," said Selectman David Gay, according to the Lowell Sun report. "It's killing bringing business into this town."

What is your take on the Route 38 project? Does this stretch of road present the worth potholes in Tewksbury? If not, where is the worst? Let us know in the comments section below.
Mary March 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Thanks for getting back to me LLH. I do think when the article was written is should have said what area they were thinking of resurfacing.
Patti J March 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Hopefully the entire road will be fixed. I hit a pothole by 495 and had to replace a rim and tire to the tune of $500 :( filed a claim but denied.
Bob March 13, 2014 at 03:11 PM
Donna, Anything 38 IS the states issue. It is a state road and the town has to go through the state to have anything done like Wilmington did when the train station was upgraded. BTW - I am glad you recognize that there is an issue with recruiting businesses into town. Now we can all find a solution.
Donna Marie Robitaille March 13, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Bob, I understand Rt 38 is always a state issue ,as it is a state road. That does not mean our problem to solve the need for safe turn in and exits on our Main Street is their responsibility. I do not like that fact. This has been made clear to the Town of Tewksbury. The example I gave for across from the Country Club is a perfect situation for how to make things safe and who the State Highway Department feels should pay. It may very well be that Selectman Gay and other town officials are not aware of the previous decision by town hall to use funds provided from the Tewksbury Country Club's commitment to build sidewalks in front of their business. Therefore the Country Club had no sidewalks. It is a story of good intentions by town hall to fix a problem. What we did good (or bad) there survives the present town officials. What the town of Tewksbury learned should be talked about. The present Town Manager and Board of Selectmen should examine what happened and discuss this for residents to better understand the unfortunate fact that Tewksbury is stuck holding the tab for sidewalks on Route 38.
Donna Marie Robitaille March 13, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Joe L. There is funding at certain times for fixing pot holes. But what is there on Foster Rd. is described best by you and should not wait to be addressed. It strongly appears that when the road was built over after performed work, it was not done properly. The contractor should be at the next Selectman's meeting.


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