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January 26 - February 1, 2020

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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2020 Roadway Reconstruction Program - In Development

The Public Works team is developing its FY21 budget, which includes planning the next construction season activities and engineering design and permitting work.

There is a great deal of planning and coordination that goes into the overall roadway schedule and the annual roadway construction activities that also involve associated drainage, culvert, water, sidewalk, and utilities (National Grid) work. Depending on how well the coordination progresses, DPW will begin the roadway reconstruction work and utility work sometime in April 2020. Residents can expect another aggressive construction season, which will be managed and balanced with the Town Center Project, as that work moves above-ground, and the start of the Josiah Smith Tavern rehabilitation (overseen by the Facilities Dept.).

Roadways currently under review for the 2020 construction season are the following (some are dependent upon the completion of water, drainage, and gas work):
  • Bogle Street (round 2 of the Rubber Chip Seal program);
  • Conant Road (round 2 of the Rubber Chip Seal program) – Colchester to Brook Road;
  • Ash Street (mill and overlay);
  • Church Street (mill and overlay) – Conant Road to railroad;
  • 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
*(Remaining) 2019 Roadway Reconstruction Program
Merriam Street (Sunset Road to Silver Hill Road) –  a lot of moving parts remain and  need to be completed prior to the roadway reconstruction taking place. These include
completing the roadway drainage work between Westland Road and house no. 189 +/-, Westland Road and house no. 217, and house no. 245 +/- to Hallet Hill Road;
Merriam Street Culvert Replacement over Cherry Brook; water gate replacements on Merriam Street at Cherry Brook Road (utility pole holding  is required by Eversource); and the sidewalk installation (southerly section between Westland Road and Sunset Road require easements)

Town Center Improvement Project

Find construction updates - sign up for "Town Center Construction Project" email/text notifications Weston.org/StayInformed or visit project web page at Weston.org/TownCenter for three-week look ahead.

January Totals
As of Jan. 24, the total subsurface work completed since June of 2019 follows:
  • Substantial completion of drainage installation, including:
    • 26 of 30 catch basins
    • 19 of 20 drain manholes
    • 5 of 5 water quality units 
    • 2,400 of 2,800 linear feet of drain pipe
  • Substantial completion of water work installation, including:
    • 22 of 22 water services relayed 
    • 400 feet of water main at Boston Post Road and Center Street  
    • Two water gate replacements at Church Street and Conant Road remain
  • Electrical and telecommunication conduits in Church Street and Boston Post Road from School Street to Center Street installed
  • 68 of 69 utility manholes installed, including:
    • 28 of 29 Eversource
    • 17 of 17 Verizon
    • 21 of 21 Comcast
    • 4 Town Fiber
  • 17,350 of 17,700 linear feet of primary ductbank conduit installed, including:
    • 3,300 of 3,500 feet of Eversource
    • 5,350 of 5,400 feet of Verizon
    • 4,250 of 4,300 feet of Comcast
    • 4,450 of 4,500 feet of Town Fiber
  • 24 of 105 utility handholes installed, including:
    • 7 of 31 Eversource
    • 8 of 38 Verizon
    • 6 of 32 Comcast
    • 3 of 4 Town Fiber
  • 4,600 of 13,400 feet of secondary duct installed, including:  
    • 3,250 of 6,900 feet Eversource
    • 450 of 3,400 feet of Verizon
    • 750 of 2,800 feet Comcast
    • 150 of 300 feet Town Fiber
  • The construction schedule calls for the completion of subsurface work by the end of March 2020. All this work is dependent on the Utility Companies completing their work 
  • Businesses are open and parking is available - traffic Management Plans are modified daily to maximize available parking for the businesses;
  • Installation of secondary conduit runs ongoing (i.e. from the manhole in the roadway  to handholes at the edge of the right of way, etc.);
  • Drainage work by Town Hall continued;
  • Continue to feed wiring to pull various utility wires
  • The Town is scheduled to begin roadway construction (above-ground) in April 2020
  • Sidewalk and curb excavations and construction is scheduled to begin in May 2020

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
    • Coordinated gas main replacement through DPW
  • 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 has submitted several permits for repairing long-standing gas leak locations;

National Grid Gas Relay Projects

Remaining work from the 2019 Construction Season:
  • Church Street (at/about Pigeon Hill Road) - work completed with the exception of crossing over the MBTA/rail trail; 
  • Arrowhead Road - anticipated completion date of Feb. 14
Proposed work for the 2020 Construction Season. Scheduled meeting with DPW and NGrid on 2/12:
  • Sherburn Circle;
  • Concord Road (1-81) - the gas main work at Boston Post Road and Concord Road intersection has been identified to NGrid as a priority and must be completed before the Town Center Roadway Reconstruction begins;
  • Tyler Road;
  • 292-352 Winter Street;
  • 74-147 Orchard Avenue;
  • 4-54 Orchard Avenue;
  • 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), permits for collectors in progress, 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 -  anticipate work resuming in the spring
drain installation

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 Select Board on July 30.  Anticipate being before the Board again in February to solicit comments prior to the formal 25% Submission to MassDOT. 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 Select Board  on July 30 and Sept. 10 to solicit comments. Town Engineer and consultant worked with neighbors of Winsor Way to further develop the design. Received approval from Select Board on Jan. 21 to submit 25% design to MassDOT. 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
engineering drawings for stormwater drainage


  • Currently reviewing 7 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 58 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection; 
  • MS4 Stormwater Permit Annual Report – working on Year 2 requirements (ongoing), Met with consultant on 1/17/20 regarding current status of Town’s responsibilities and the MS4 2-Year 6 requirements;  the SWPPP and LTPPP for DPW and Transfer Station;
  • 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 – design 70% completed 2020 construction;
    • Pinecroft at Conant Road – draft plans  to review with Town Engineer;
    • Newton Street – Additional survey completed Jan. 30
    • Kings Grant Road - Preliminary hydrologic drainage design and layout to be incorporated into engineering plans
underground installation of a water main

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 29 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Continued working on meter billing;
  • Shut off 1 water service and fixed 1 lose water gate cover;
  • Fixed 1 water main break on Highland Street
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • Leaf pickup and brush pickup at Linwood Cemetery and other park and cemetery locations;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpster totaling  19.38 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling –960 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 880 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 5.71 tons;
  • Processed 1 container of plastic – 3.68 tons
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 4.97 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 300 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles –  800 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;
  • Packed containers as needed to maximize loads
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Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • Hot patching potholes: Park Road and Center Street;
  • Skin Overlay degraded roadway surfaces:  Center Street, Park Road, South Avenue, Deerpath Lane;
  • Respond to Misc. calls for service:  17;
  • Oversee Tree Contractor:  Stump grinding 1/29;
  • Traffic signage and mailbox and maintenance repairs:  Straighten signs at miscellaneous locations in north, middle and Arrowhead;
  • Set up Detour for: Highland Street (Black Oak to Deerpath);
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action: Bogle Street, Lexington, Pine Street, Pinecroft, Lexington, BPR, Bakers Hill, Sunset @ Laurel, Pigeon Hill;
  • Tree Canopy Raising and Trimming:  Kings Grant Area, Webster Road, Arrowhead;
  • Inspect Roadway Conditions:  (Driveway) at Pembroke Road;
  • Clean and service equipment:  1/28 and 1/31;
  • Cooks Pond Pump Station:  Operating normally.  alarm system install ongoing;
  • General Plowing and Sidewalk Plowing:  Sidewalk plowing/cleanup at Church Street (tree bottleneck/width area and by Tracks);
  • Assist Water Division:  1/27 & 28 water main breaks at Highland Street; 1/28 cleanup of water trench and add steel plates until it could be paved later in the week; 1/31/20 pave water main trench at Highland Street;
  • Create Inlet and Outfall List for Division and for MS4 Permit and GIS database:  Continue Middle and South Sections;
  • Setup Message Boards:  Intersection of Deerpath and Highland Street. 
  • Provide cones for Special Olympics Event at the High School.
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Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 9 school buses, 2 police vehicles, and 15 DPW trucks and other equipment, noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 127 pieces of rolling stock for the Town

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