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Abutters tour schools site

Concerns raised about noise, environment

Consigli Construction site superintendent John Laperle explains the site work to nearby abutters that is schedule to be performed soon. Abutters to the proposed middle/high school toured the site Monday evening and voiced their concerns. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
October 05, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Several residents are raising concerns about the work scheduled to begin soon on the new middle/high school.

During an official site walk Monday with construction officials, abutters said they were concerned with the effects of the blasting scheduled to be done as well as water runoff issues. The blasting would be part of the work to widen Torrey Road, on which the school will be built.

The school will open for the 2012 academic year and replace the current Southbridge High School and Mary E. Wells Middle School. The project is budgeted to cost $76.5 million, with the town contributing $22.7 million. The Massachusetts School Building Authority is shouldering the remaining costs.

Regarding blasting, Lisa Alesci, of Torrey Road, said she was concerned about the explosions damaging her home, which she said is registered as an historic site. She worries the blasting will destroy the home's original glass.

"I'm worried sick," she said. "You can't replace that glass."

She said she was told, during a July meeting at the DPW, that a jackhammer would be used to widen the road, and not blasting. She said she has inquired about the discrepancy and received no answer.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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