road construction

August 7 - 11, 2017

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:

paving work

Administration/Engineering Division

Paving and Roadwork

  • Brown Street Sidewalk Project - construction is ongoing with the overhead utility wires being relocated to new poles on Winter Street, then old poles will be removed.  Verizon lines were removed on 8/12/17;
  • North Avenue Roadway Resurfacing Work – Additional pavement markings work required at Lexington Street intersection.  Final pavement markings work in summer 2017.  Remaining work will include seeding and final cleanup (including scraping, cleaning, and painting railing on easterly side of roadway) in the spring/summer 2017; 
  • Sudbury Road and Ripley Lane -  driveway apron installed;
  • Additional roadway reconstruction work is anticipated to take place later this summer, but the schedule is driven by other work that needs to occur first. Work includes: Fairview Road drainage work completed; Viles Street gas main work is completed and the water work for the removal of lead link is completed, tap and sleeve is completed, new gate work is outstanding;  
  • Work on drainage designs and securing necessary easements on Newton Street continues. This must be done before planning the roadway work;  
  • The Merriam Street gas main project is well underway but will take most of the summer and likely end sometime in the fall

State/Utility Project Work

  • Route 20 Milling and Resurfacing Project – MassDOT has been made aware of some puddle issues.  MassDOT is also setting the schedule for milling and overlay work on Route 20 from School Street to I-95 Interchange;
  • Route 30 (South Avenue) and Wellesley Street Signal Improvement Project - work continues to move the overhead utility lines to the new poles.  Removal of existing utility poles is anticipated over the next several weeks followed by structure adjustments, final paving, pavement markings, sign installations, final landscaping, and final cleanup; 
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects on Merriam Street are underway.  Summer Street gas main replacement work started at the southerly end by River Road;

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project – Engineering for generator move and final landscaping and screening is underway.  Town Engineer will conduct an outreach prior to advertising the work is be completed;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project.  Anticipate re-advertising the project in the fall;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the Southside Drainage Project.  Attempting to secure the necessary easements for Phase 2 of the project.  Once completed, the permitting will be conducted with construction anticipated for spring 2018;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - Anticipate re-advertising the project in the fall;

Consultant Work

  • Overseeing consultants’ work on several sidewalk feasibility studies – Feasibility plans available for viewing online.  
    • Warren Avenue Sidewalk Project - DPW has reached out to two abutters of the project that require easements;
    • Merriam Street Sidewalk Project - several easement issues remain; the project has gone before the Conservation Commission;  
    • Highland Street Sidewalk Project is on hold.  Outreach by the Traffic & Sidewalk Committee conducted;
    • Ash Street Sidewalk Concept -  Overseeing consultants’ work. Outreach by the Traffic & Sidewalk Committee needs to be conducted;  
  • Overseeing consultant’s work on the modification of the Boston Post Road / Wellesley Street intersection study and the Boston Post Road / School Street intersection study.  Anticipate submitting project to the State as a TIP project;
  • Overseeing consultant design work for drainage work for construction season 2016 (Newton Street, Merriam Street, and Fairview/Montvale  Road area).  Continue to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street.  Continued to work on design at Fairview and Montvale Road area;
  • Overseeing consultant concept / design work for Town Center Project. Survey completed.  Drainage inspection ongoing / summarizing drainage recommendation. Design contract executed.  Portion of the design contract for burying the utilities being prepared by the consultant;


  • Currently reviewing 15 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 61 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 44 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3) and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 10 final read(s);
  • Finished meter reading cycle 3;
  • Shut off 1 water service;
  • Installed 1 temporary water meter;
  • Responded to 0 low-pressure calls;
  • Responded to 0 dirty water calls;
  • Painting fire hydrants and watering of planted trees continued

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 0 cremation interment;
  • 1 casket interment;
  • Cut and trimmed the grass in Linwood Cemetery;
  • Assisted the Transfer Station with the push down of the organic waste and metal containers;
  • Removed dead trees, pruned and weeded around Town Hall and the Town Green;
  • Cut and trimmed the Revolutionary War Memorial on Highland Street at/about Love Lane;
  • Cut and trimmed the grass at the “Entering Weston” sign on Route 20 at Boston Post Road (westerly)
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpster totaling 24.72 tons;
  • Picked up municipal building recycling – 1,020 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select town park trash – 1,980 lbs.;
  • Processed cardboard container – 5.46 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 2.29 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 0.0 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 9.72 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 0.0 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 4.0 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 2.51 tons;
  • Donations, various – 1.76 tons;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 0 tons;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottle and cans – 140 pounds;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Pumped the trailer pit as needed;
  • Cut and trimmed the lawn around the Transfer Station;
  • Rough cut the grass behind the compost bins with the flair mower;

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Roadside mowing at Highland Street, South Avenue, Wellesley Street, Park Road;
  • Hot patching potholes at Cherry Brook Road, Juniper Road, and October Lane;
  • Mowing islands and grass strips at north, middle and south sections of town;
  • Cleanup tree debris and remove hanger branches at   Autumn Lane, Ridgeway Road, Love Lane, Davenport Road, and Indian Hill Road;
  • Cut driveway aprons at Sudbury Road;
  • Oversaw driveway apron final paving at Ripley Lane and Sudbury Road;
  • Clean, service, and prepare mowing equipment for following week's use;
  • Assist Water Division with water main break on Cliff Road;
  • Traffic control for Sudbury Road and Ripley Lane;
  • Deliver notices of paving operations for Ripley Lane and Sudbury Road;
  • Signage and maintenance repairs at multiple locations;
  • Repair rattling drainage covers and grates on Highland Street and North Avenue;
  • Rotate compost area for aeration purposes at the brush dump;
  • Catch Basin Repairs on Colchester/Laurel Lane, Laurel Lane/Colchester Road, Scotch Pine Road, Ash Street, Cherry Brook Road, and Juniper Road;
  • Pave basins of the week at  Cherry Brook Road and Juniper Lane;
  • Retrieve message boards at  Sudbury Road;
  • Cleanup roadway construction debris at  Sudbury Road;
  • Transport gravel for School Department to the bus barn area at the middle school;

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, 4 police vehicles, 5 DPW trucks and other equipment, 0 recreation vehicles, and 0 school grounds vehicles;
  • Performed 0 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity;
  • Performed 0 repairs on sanders/plows

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