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May 11, 2020

Construction to resume at $132M Polar Park

Photo | Grant Welker Construction of Worcester's $132-million Polar Park will soon continue.

The City of Worcester plans to allow some construction projects to move forward beginning Monday, following a month-long shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, City Manager Edward Augustus said during a Sunday press conference.

“You won’t see full-fledged construction,” Augustus said. “That’ll probably start the week after.”

In the interim, sites will begin staging equipment and preparing for work to resume, he said. The $132-million Polar Park project and $200-million South High Community School renovation were among the projects slated to pick back up in the coming week, according to Augustus.

Augustus told the WBJ Podcast on April 13 if the Polar Park construction resumed before June, the construction should finish on time for the Worcester Red Sox to make their debut in the city in April 2021.

Construction sites will have to comply with several new rules intended to help curb any potential spread of the coronavirus. This includes implementing a city-approved plan for safety, as well as signing an affidavit confirming that the safety plan will be adhered to. Inspectors will also be on site to monitor compliance, Augustus said.

Augustus said many other communities continued essential projects under Gov. Charlie Baker’s guidance, which allowed for certain construction work to move forward. Worcester halted all work, Augustus said, out of an abundance of caution. 

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