August 14 - August 20, 2022
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:
2022 Roadway Reconstruction Program
Utility work needs to be appropriately coordinated and completed, the following roads are expected to be worked on this construction season. Also note the gas main work being completed by National Grid in the utility work section below:
(April/May/June timeframe) – Permanent pavement markings installed thus completing the work for Round 1 paving work.
a) End of Kings Grant Road (Route 117 to Spruce Hill Road Intersection) – double barrel; b) Myles Standish Road; c) Plymouth Road; d) Bradford Road; e) Hancock Road;
- Merriam Street (Westland Road to Silver Hill Road) Including Sidewalk in this area as well… Rest of granite curbing is to be delivered the week of August 22nd (is what we have been told). Existing sidewalk demolition is tentatively scheduled to be continued on August 25th. Then installation of remaining curbing. Remaining granite curbing work (which is the critical path item schedule TBD – possible week of 8/22). Once the granite curbing work is completed, the sidewalk will be graded and binder pavement will be installed. Then the roadway structures will be adjusted and final pavement course will be installed.
- Hallet Hill Road – Structure adjustments completed. Next action item will be installing the top course of pavement. We are awaiting the contractor’s schedule for this activity.
- Willard Road – drainage work needed prior to reconstruction – anticipate work being started next construction season;
- Bemis Road – Drainage work needed prior to reconstruction – anticipate work being started next construction season;
- Longmeadow Road – anticipate roadway work starting the end of August / beginning of September;
- Spring Road – anticipate roadway work starting the end of August / beginning of September;
- Lantern Road – anticipate roadway work starting the end of August / beginning of September;
- Old Coach Road – anticipate roadway work starting the end of August / beginning of September.
(with gas main work still ongoing on Ridgeway Road we are anticipating that this round of paving will occur next construction season)
On the radar
- Bittersweet Road;
- Chiltern Road;
- Dean Road;
- Ferndale Road;
- Old Colony Road;
- Columbine Road
depending on how the season goes:
- Hickory Road – drainage work (crossings) first;
- Briar Lane;
- Walnut Road (public section);
Road Cutting after Paving Moratorium
Once paving is completed on any roadway in Weston, a five-year moratorium on pavement cutting is placed on that road. This is done to protect the investment made by taxpayers. A five-year schedule of anticipated roadway reconstruction is available on the DPW's web page under Capital Improvement Projects.
Town Center Improvement Project Ongoing Work
Outstanding work – Replacement trees still outstanding (10 locations) and remaining punchlist items ongoing.
State/Utility Project Work
National Grid Gas Relay Projects:
- 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;
- Eversource is conducting tree work (pruning and removals) on several streets in the middle/south section of Town starting along Route 20 to Love Lane to Highland Street to Pine Street, etc…anticipate crews being in Town for several weeks noting that they are currently not in town, but anticipate them returning later this summer.
Merriam Street Bridge over the MBTA (owned and maintained by MassDOT)
- Church Street – (at/about Pigeon Hill Road) Work completed with the exception of the crossing over the MBTA/Rail Trail – Draft of revised proposal of bridge crossing provided to DPW for review and comments
- Winter Street (Brown to Radcliffe Road) – Select Board grant of location held on 3/8/22 and GOL approved that evening with conditions.
- Wellesley Street (649 to Sylvan Lane) – Gas main replacement work ongoing and anticipated thru August / September 2022;
- Black Oak Road and Nobscot Road – Work Ongoing. Crew is to complete cleanup which we have been told will be completed week of August 22nd ;
Oxbow Road – Completed; Glen Road (from Oxbow to Wellesley Town Line) – Final trench paving work outstanding. Roundhill Road – Completed; Willard Road – Completed.
- Brook Road – Anticipate work starting end of August / beginning of September.
Bemis Road – Completed. Hallet Hill Road (11-15) – Completed.
- Ridgeway Road (170-250) – Gas main replacement work ongoing. Anticipate work going through end of August.
- There may be additional gas main replacement work later in the 2022 Construction Season, but the NGrid designs are not yet completed.
- It is anticipated that approximately 19810 LF or 3.75 miles of gas main will be replaced during the 2022 Construction Season.
Town is attempting to work with MassDOT on more permanent solution to bridge carrying capacity. MassDOT has been silent since the temporary pier construction was built. Awaiting a response from MassDOT to very pointed comments and/or concerns and a request on status of permanent fix.Eversource Utility Pole and Infrastructure Upgrades on 117/North Ave & Winter Street (from Natick Town line to just north of Bogle Street)
Eversource crew indicated that all their overhead infrastructure is completed and the remaining work is the transfers for others (Crown Castle, Verizon, Comcast and
). The remaining double poles can be removed.MassDOT Newton-Weston bridge replacements and rehabilitations at I-90/I-95
– Scheduled Design Public Hearing (virtual) on 8/18/22. Visit MassDOT website for hearing information.
Ongoing DPW Projects & Consultant Work
Drainage and Culvert
- Southside Drainage – Phase III – design and permitting work completed. Neighborhood meeting occurred with one (1) participant. Next action items are affirming easement rights. Anticipate project startup Fall of 2022 assuming Engineering can finalize all necessary easements;
- 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 Select Board and the Conservation Commission.
- Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Sherburn Circle Culvert replacement which the Engineering Division anticipates startup end of August 2022. Anticipate work occurring through much of the Fall 2022.
(Overseeing Consultant Work On)
- Proposed Route 30 Roadway Reconstruction TIP Project (roadway, sidewalk, drainage improvements, intersection improvements, etc.) - approval of 25% plan submission was approved by the Board at a September 24, 2020 meeting. Formal 25% Submission to MassDOT October 2020. Town trying to get MassDOT to schedule 25% Design Public Hearing which is currently anticipated being September 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm (Virtual). Town will continue to work towards getting this project included in the TIP which is programed for FY 2026 in the MPO plan; Project info at weston.org ;
- Proposed Route 20 Intersection Improvement TIP Project - (signal at Boston Post Road/Wellesley Street/Boston Post Road By-Pass) - Project info at weston.org. Next action item: addressing comments received at the Public Hearing and then submission of 75% Highway Submission. Town will continue to work towards getting this project included in the TIP which is programed for FY 2026 in the MPO plan;
- Proposed Intersection Improvements at Highland Street and Route 20 (potential TIP Project) – Town Engineer and Traffic and Sidewalk Committee working with consultant on data gather aspect of this proposed project.
Ash Street Sidewalk Project – Failed to pass at Town Meeting.
- Warren Avenue – Funding secured for the work; culvert replacement and drainage work needs to take place; sidewalk project needs to be coordinated with roadway work. Warren Avenue sidewalk project has been shelved due to varying opinions on the design of the sidewalk and placement
Highland Street – Rehabilitation project including the addition of two crosswalks at Highland Meadows. Remaining work this construction season is loaming and seeding and final cleanup. The crosswalks will not be constructed until there is a signoff on the approved plans. The ADA ramps were built on the sidewalk side of Highland Street.
- Wireless Meter Reading - See Weston.org/WaterMeters for more project information.
- Resident Notices for Meter Upgrades: June 18th. First letters send out to Cycle #1 (north section of town);
- GPS coordinates collected on all current infrastructure installations;
- Three remaining Collector Antenna sites prepped for installations – work completed;
- Meter Upgrades at DPW completed and operating on new system – Approximately 50% operational (1915 customers). Meter supply shortage the issue…currently taking in excess of 4 months to get an order of water meters.
- Paines Hill Tank Replacement Design – Consultant contract not executing pending review of land and zoning issue with Town Counsel and Working Group set up by the Town Manager and Select Board to review land and zoning issues. Select Board meeting held on January 11th to discuss zoning change and land exchange issues. Zoning By-Law change did not pass at May 2022 Town Meeting.
- Coordinating with Developer on Park Road and Recreation Road Development – Including but not limited to roadway modifications on Park Road which is in the permitting phase, water main replacement/upgrade which is ongoing, closure of old water wells which is substantially completed with project closeout paperwork outstanding.
- Coordinating with Public Tree RFP – Participate in process relating to public tree RFP thru the Town Planner’s office. Contract is being managed by the Town Planner.
- MWRA Metropolitan Water Tunnel Program – Participating in update meetings with the MWRA and its consultant as they work towards the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).
- I-90 / I -95 (Route 218) Bridge Replacement projects – Scheduled Design Public Hearing (virtual) on 8/18/22. Visit MassDOT website for hearing information.
- Currently reviewing 7 Stormwater Permits;
- Approved 37 projects currently under construction;
- MS4 Stormwater Permit Annual Report –
- Preparation underway for MS4-Permit Annual Report for Year 4 (FY 2022) of the MS4 Permit; In-house meetings and discussion regarding the annual permit; additional training on the annual report requirements;
- New Public educational and outreach messages prepared for the fall season to be posted on line and mailed out
- The first phase of the Phosphorous Control Plan will be completed this current fiscal year, Year 5 of the mS4 Permit. Phosphorous is a concern in the environment, especially in water ways and stormwater, so there are continuous requirements in the MS4 permit for communities to reduce the phosphorous in stormwater.
- Working with the Town’s Traffic and Sidewalk Committee on several items: Chestnut Street, Sunset Road, stop sign requests, sidewalk requests, crosswalk requests, etc.;
- Engineering Drainage Designs Ongoing / Construction Bid Documents advertised:
- Rolling Lane – Contractor to start new drainage work in the next 2 weeks;
- 520 Glen Road – Drainage construction anticipated for 2022;
- Ash Street – drainage design in progress;
- Winter Street – Culverts and drainage conditions investigated;
- Hickory Road – Multiple drainage pipes to be replaced. And 1-2 drainage manholes needed. Contractor to meet with Town week of August 22nd to determine the number of structures to order.
- Completed approximately 49 DigSafes;
- Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
- Conducted 4 final read(s);
- Continued to upgrade meters and water billing;
- Continued repainting hydrants with summer help;
- Inspected 3 new water services;
- Shut off and turned back on 1 water service so plumber can make repairs;
- Fixed 1 water service leak with copper from main to curbstop;
- Responded to 0 low (no water call) pressure call(s);
- Responded to 0 water quality call(s).
Park and Cemetery Division
- 0 cremation interments;
- 0 grave dug with casket interments;
- Set 0 flush markers;
- Dug and poured foundation for 0 monument(s);
- Mowed Linwood, Town Hall, Town Green, Lamsom Park, Route 30/Newtown Street;
- Watered trees and annual town wide;
- Weeded DPW beds;
- Covered shifts at Transfer Station;
- Serviced equipment;
Solid Waste and Recycling Division
- Processed 0 - 100-yard solid waste dumpster(s) totaling 0 tons;
- Picked up municipal office recycling – 960 lbs;
- Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 1060 lbs.;
- Processed 1 cardboard container – 4.44 tons;
- Processed 0 glass container – 0 tons;
- Processed 1 container of plastic – 4.06 tons;
- Processed 0 bulky plastic container – 0 lbs;
- Processed 1 newspaper container – 9.91 tons;
- Ran 0 shuttles for grass/leaves – 0 tons;
- Ran 0 shuttles for brush /logs – 0 tons;
- Processed 0 metal container – 0 tons;
- Process 0 container of scrap wood – 0 tons;
- Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 60 lbs;
- Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 640 lbs;
- Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 0 lbs;
- Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 0 lbs;
- Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 0 tons;
- Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 0 lbs;
- Processed pickup of medical sharps – 0 lbs;
- Processed pickup of light bulbs – 0 lbs;
- Assisted with the pick-up of propane tanks – 0 tanks (0 lbs);
- Pickup auto batteries and wire recycling – 0 lbs;
- Swap Shed open on a volunteer basis;
- Cleaned the trailer pit as needed;
- Pick up litter and cleaned up around the site as needed;
- Packed containers as needed to maximize loads;
- Disinfected Solid Waste and Recycling areas daily;
- Seasonal cleanup around the Transfer Station;
- Food Composting – 2220 lbs.
- BULKY WASTE COLLECTION CHANGES started May 1st – See WestonMA.gov/BulkyWaste for details
- Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) - October 2021
Outside of Division:
- COVID-19: Personnel and Equipment SOPs;
- Respond to Misc. calls for Service – None;
- Traffic Detours Setup & Removals: 8/19 Walnut Road;
- Inspect Roadway/Driveway Conditions: None;
- Employee In/Out of House Training: None;
- Cooks Pond Pump Station (drainage): Pump operating normally, 8/17;
- DIGSafe Markouts & Permits Requested: None;
- Message Board: Merriam Street;
- Deer Removal / Dead Animal Removal: 0;
- Cleaning and Servicing Equipment: As needed;
- Assist Water Division: 8/19 water service repair;
- Assist Park/Cemetery/Transfer Station Division: None;
- Assist Fleet Maintenance: None;
- Assist Engineering: None;
- Assist Police Department: downed tree calls, trash pickup;
- Assist Fire Department – None;
- Assist Tree Contractor with Removals – None;
- Assist Paving Contractor (Lazaro) – 8/17;
- Assist Hydroseeding Contractor: None;
- Assist Loaming Crew: None;
- Assist with/or Applying Pavement Markings: 8/17-18;
- Assist Drainage & Video /Jet Cleaning Contractor: 8/15, 8/18;
- Assist Grounds/Facilities: None;
- Assist Conservation Commission – None;
- Assist Recreation Department – None;
- Assist MassDOT: None;
Assist Rubber Chip Stone Contractor: completed for the season Assist VMP Contractor: None; Assist Crack Sealing Contractor: None. Completed for the season.
- Inspect Roadway Conditions: Various locations;
- Screen and Remove waste gravel material from Upper Yard: None
- Sign and Mailbox Repairs and Installations and fence repairs: Sign posts straightening and maintenance;
- Assist Stormwater Division – Clear waterway/catch basins/culverts;
- Pavement Markings (temp) applied and/or removed: Kings Grant area/north section;
- Remove debris from roadway: Tree debris;
- Skin Overlay: None;
- Pothole Patching and Trench Patching: None;
- Wall Inspections and/or Repairs: None;
- Sidewalk & Island Leaf Cleanup: None;
- Street Sweeping: None;
- Repair Shoulder Erosion and/or Surface Degradation: 8/17 North Avenue;
- Mowing and trimming Islands and Grass Strips: 8/15, 8/16, 8/18;
- Flail Mowing: 8/15-18;
- Inspect Tree Locations: 15 Old Road;
- Tree and/or Branch Removals and Debris Cleanup: 8/19 various locations;
- Tree Canopy Raising and Trimming: Trimming around signs;
- Cleanup Stump Grindings, backfill with Loam and grade: None;
- Loam and Seed: None;
- Drain Line/Pipe Repairs: None;
- DMH/CB Inspections & Roadway ID Markings: None;
- Assist Highway Division: Downed tree and limb pickup;
- Street Sweeping: 8/16;
- Check and Clear Waterways: None;
- Respond flooding calls: None;
- Jet Cleaning Drainage (DPW): None;
- Catch Basin Inspection, DMH rebuild: None;
- Install/remove Erosion Controls: None.
Sand Barrels: None; Yard Loader for Material Storage: None; Deicing Operations: None; General Plowing: None; Sidewalk Plowing: None; Install and Prep Plow and/or Deicing Equipment: None; Remove Plows: None; Snow Removal: None.
Vehicle Maintenance Division
Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on
- 0 school buses
- 3 police vehicles
- 10 DPW trucks and other equipment
- 0 recreation vehicles
- 0 school grounds vehicles
noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 133 pieces of rolling stock for the Town;
- Performed 1 major repair(s) on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity: H-10 trottle pedal;
- Fuel island, weekly inspection performed;
- Fuel tanks (0) gallons gasoline delivered; (0) diesel delivered;
- Facility tanks (0) gallons pumped, waste oil (0) gallons, Waste antifreeze (0) gallons; tight tanks (0);
- Inspections: State Inspections – 0 inspection(s);
- Road Call: None;
- Recalls: None;
- Division Project: None;
- Wash Bay Maintenance: None;
- Performed 0 repairs on sanders and plows: None
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