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December 22 to December 28, 2019

The Weston Department of Public Works continued to fulfill its mission to construct and maintain the physical infrastructure that provides for the public's health and safety, to protect the environment, and to enhance the quality of life and ensure that Weston continues to be a desirable place in which to live and conduct business. The following is the weekly report, by division:

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2019 Roadway Reconstruction Program

  • Merriam Street (Sunset Road to Silver Hill Road) – There are a lot of moving parts that need to be completed prior to the roadway reconstruction taking place, including
  1. complete roadway drainage work between Westland Road and house no. 189 +/-, Westland Road and house no. 217, and house no. 245 +/- to Hallet Hill Road;
  2. Merriam Street Culvert Replacement over Cherry Brook;
  3. Water gate replacements on Merriam Street at Cherry Brook Road (holding utility pole is required);
  4. sidewalk (southerly section between Westland Road and Sunset Road which require easements) 

2020 Roadway Reconstruction Program

The Public Works team is developing our FY21 budget and is also planning our next construction season activities and design/permitting work. There is a great deal of coordination that goes into the planning. Depending on how well that goes, we will begin the roadway reconstruction work and utility work sometime in April 2020. Another aggressive construction season is being planned, which includes drainage, gas, water, and roadway work. This will be managed and balanced as the Town Center Project continues and the Josiah Smith Tavern project (Facilities managed) begins.

Anticipated roadway considered are the following (depending on other water, drainage, and gas work being completed):
  • Bogle Street (Rubber Chip Seal);
  • Conant Road (Rubber Chip Seal) – Colchester to Brook Road;
  • Ash Street (Mill and Overlay);
  • Church Street (Mill and Overlay) – Conant Road to RR;
  • Kings Grant Road - Spruce Hill Road to cul de sac;
  • Spruce Hill Road - Kings Grant Road to cul de sac;
  • Bay State Road - Spruce Hill Road to end;
  • Indian Hill Road - Kings Grant Road to end;
  • Webster Road - Church Street to Church Street;
  • Buckskin Road - Route 20 to town line;
  • Warren Avenue - Boston Post Road to Gun Club Lane;
  • Arrowhead Road - Bakers Hill Road to Bakers Hill Road;
  • Merriam Street - Silver Hill Road to Sunset Road;
  • Newton Street - #150 to South Avenue;
  • October Lane - Bakers Hill Road to Conant Road;
  • Spring Lane - Conant Road to end of roadway

Additional Road Work Not Affiliated with the Town's Roadway Program

  • See updates in "State/Utility Project Work" for projects impacting roadways:
    • National Grid gas main work
  • See updates in "Ongoing DPW Projects" for water/drainage, etc. work at:
    • Newton Street
    • Legacy Trail
  • See updates in "Consultant Work" for larger projects at:
    • Rt. 20 and Rt. 30 TIP projects
    • Ash Street sidewalk
underground gas main installation

State/Utility Project Work

  • Continuing to coordinate with Eversource on a number of outstanding issues in Town including double poles, poles guyed into trees, leaning poles and pole guyed with rope (Merriam Street), Hazard trees at/near power lines, etc.;
  • National Grid gas relay projects construction during the 2019 Construction Season:
    • Church Street (at/about Pigeon Hill Road) - work completed with the exception of crossing over the MBTA/rail trail; 
    • Newton Street - services completed and tie-in (weather permitted) anticipated completion Dec 12 and then cleanup;
    • Wellesley Street (669-654) - work is ongoing, aanticipated completion Jan. 1;
    • Sherburn Circle and Concord Road (1-81) - anticipate 2020 construction season start 
    • Kings Grant Road - completed
    • Arrowhead Road - anticipated completion date of Jan. 20
  • National Grid has submitted several permits for repairing long-standing gas leak locations;
  • Began working / coordinating National Grid gas relay/replacement (mains and services) for several roadways next construction season. Anticipate the annual meeting with NGrid after the holidays:  
    • 292-352 Winter Street
    • 74-147 Orchard Avenue (private roadway)
    • 4-54 Orchard Avenue (state roadway)
    • Bay State Road
    • Indian Hill Road
    • Webster Road 
DPW employees installing a drainage pipe

Ongoing DPW Projects

  • Wireless Meter Reading - All contracts are in place (3) and installation of meters and radios to occur over the next several months, and then activation of the system. Coordination with town accounting hardware is also ongoing (MUNIS). Notices for meter work and scheduling will be going out soon. See Weston.org/WaterMeters for more information; 
  • Newton Street Drainage (by church and Doublet Hill Area) - Town Engineer is working with several properties owners and others to secure easement rights for Phase II and Phase III drainage work; 
  • Merriam Street Drainage work (at/about Westland Road: between Westland and Silver Hill Road) – Still drainage work needed on the Hallet Hill Road portion of Merriam Street.  Town Engineering working with Town counsel;
  • Legacy Trail Project -  construction ongoing;
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Consultant Work Managed by DPW

  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 30 Roadway Reconstruction TIP Project - roadway, sidewalk, drainage improvements, intersection improvements, etc. A brief summary of the progress to date was provided to the Board of Selectmen on July 30.  Anticipate being before the Board again after then first of the new year to solicit comments prior to the formal 25% Submission to MassDOT. Another Traffic & Sidewalk Committee meeting will be held. Project info at weston.org;
  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 20 Intersection Improvement TIP Project - (signal at Boston Post Road/Wellesley Street/Boston Post Road By-Pass) - a summary of the progress was provided to the Board of Selectmen on July 30 and on September 10 to solicit comments prior to the formal 25% submission to MassDOT. Town Engineer and consultant currently working with neighborhood to potentially modify the Town’s previous preferred alternate. 25% Submission to MassDOT after the new year. Project info at weston.org;
  • Overseeing several sidewalk design projects -  (Merriam Street and Warren Avenue) – Funding secured for the work; culvert replacement and drainage work on Merriam needs to take place; sidewalk project needs to be coordinated with roadway work. Warren Ave on hold;  
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts - decision matrix tabling being evaluated.  Engineering presented findings to Board of Selectmen and the Conservation Commission;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Ash Street Sidewalk Project - Design ongoing.  Consultant to presented progress prints to Traffic and Sidewalk Committee, but drainage, length of crosswalk and curbing issues/comments from DPW Director need to be resolved.  Town Engineer has outreached to MWRA about secure rights / easements to address previously mentioned concerns;
  • Overseeing consultant design and preparation of specification for Cemetery Tomb Restoration.  Draft plans provided and comments provided back to consultant
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  • Currently reviewing 8 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 59 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection; 
  • MS4 Stormwater Permit Annual Report – working on Year 2 requirements (ongoing);
  • Catch Basin Cleaning – cleaning to start April 2020;
  • Working with the Town’s Traffic and Sidewalk Committee on several items:  Love Lane, Chestnut Street, Sunset Road, Wellesley Street at Route 30 signal, mirrors, stop sign requests, sidewalk requests, crosswalk requests, etc.;
  • Ongoing Engineering Drainage Designs:
    • Hallet Hill at Merriam Street – priority for design and plan for 2020;
    • Pinecroft at Conant Road – second drainage project design for 2020, Surveys, plans, and preliminary drainage layout started.  NOI submittal to be prepared;
    • Newton Street – Survey to be started before or after Christmas in aqueduct area; the golf course’s engineer has told the golf course that the section of Newton Street drainage which will be directed towards the aqueduct area will not cause any negative impacts to the golf course – Newton Street drainage design started
underground installation of a water main

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 19 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 2 final reads;
  • Continued reading meters;
  • Repaired 1 fire hydrant;
  • Turned on 1 new water service and installed new meter and valves;
  • Oversaw the annual maintenance on both pump stations
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • One grave dug with casket internment
  • Brush cleanup at Linwood Cemetery and other park and cemetery locations;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Assisted Highway Division with plowing
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpster totaling  23.00 tons;
  • Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 920 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 5.44 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 1.52 tons;
  • Processed 1 bulky plastic container – 2.36 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container –  3.07 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 1,060 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles –  900 lbs;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 1.45 tons;
  • Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 1.58 tons;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 3,480 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleaned the trailer pit as needed;
  • Pick up litter and cleaned up around the site as needed
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Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • Hot patching potholes: All sections – 12/24 and 12/26 all sections;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadway and/or culverts:  12/27 all sections;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action: Summer Street, Hilltop Road, Pigeon Hill Road, Round Hill Road, Brook Road, Coburn Road, Bogle Street;
  • Check and Clear waterways:  12/24 all sections;
  • Cooks Pond Pump Station:  Operating normally;
  • Deicing (spot) Operations:  12/21/, 12/23, 12/26;
  • General Plowing and Sidewalk Plowing:  12/17 (DPW scrape)
  • Install Pre-mark manhole protection ring system:  2 at Police Station and 2 at Highland Street
maintenance of a DPW truck

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 6 school buses, 2 police vehicles, 15 DPW trucks and other equipment, and 2 school grounds vehicles, noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 122 pieces of rolling stock for the Town;
  • Performed 3 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  Bus No. 4 starter motor; Bus Inspections; Prep. 3 new buses

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