October 30 - November 3, 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:

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Administration/Engineering Division

Paving and Roadwork

  • North Avenue Roadway Resurfacing Work – Additional pavement markings work required at Lexington Street intersection.  Final pavement markings work is anticipated for November.  Grinding work is scheduled for November 7th at night; 
  • Viles Street – Need to complete driveway apron work, final landscaping, and cleanup work – No work was done last week. Remaining work is scheduled for November 8th; 
  • Locust Street and Merriam Street (Concord Road to Sunset Road) – Final pavement course for the roadway was installed on November 3rd.  Remaining pavement work (driveway aprons, sidewalk aprons, etc.) is scheduled for November 8th. Pavement markings layout is scheduled for November 7th, at night. Final remaining work will include landscaping, pavement markings including centerline, crosswalk, etc., and final cleanup; 
  • Fairview / Montvale and Newton Street drainage design work has begun and must be completed prior to a roadway reconstruction;
  • DPW continues to work on drainage designs and obtaining the necessary easements before roadway work can be planned on Newton Street

State/Utility Project Work

  • Route 30 (South Avenue) and Wellesley Street Signal Improvement Project - Sign installations, final landscaping, and final cleanup, including removal of work trailers, over the next several weeks. MassDOT and contractor will provide schedule to complete;
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects:
    • Summer Street - gas main replacement work is ongoing with an anticipated completion around early November that trench work will be completed, as well;
    • Church Street at/about Pigeon Hill Road - project currently on hold;
    • Wellesley Street, including Bass Pond Road (Rockport Road to town line) -ongoing;
    • Conant Road / Colchester Road - gas main replacement ongoing;
    • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Cliff Road intersection - gas main replacement anticipated to start after Wellesley Street.  More information pending on Glen Road schedule
  • Coordinated 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), etc.
  • Coordinated with Eversource on the proposed rail and gravel work for its access road within the abandoned railway bed (future Wayside Rail Trail Project)

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project ongoing – Engineering for generator move and final landscaping and screening is underway.  Town Engineer will conduct an outreach prior to advertising work is completed. Also is working on obtaining necessary easement;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project - re-advertised bids opened and Engineering is evaluating;
  • 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.  Town Engineer working on securing necessary easements;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - project is anticipated to be re-advertised in the fall
  • Town Center Improvement Project - trying to get the burying of utilities portion of the design going as it relates to design decisions from the Town Center Planning Committee, the consultant, and the various utilities;
  • Worked with the Historical Commission regarding funding to move to Phase II of the Cemetery Restoration Project

Consultant Work

  • Overseeing consultants’ work on several sidewalk design projects – Latest plans available for viewing online. 
    • Warren Avenue Sidewalk Project - DPW has reached to an impacted abutter of the project from whom an easement is required; 
    • Merriam Street Sidewalk Project - several easement issues remain and the project has gone before the Conservation Commission and Planning Board.  Several site walks have taken place;
    • Ash Street Sidewalk Concept - Overseeing consultants’ work on concept plan and received quotes from consultant firms for final design and permitting. Funding is needed
  • 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.  Submitted project for consideration 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 roads area).  Continue to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street.  Continued to work on design at Fairview and Montvale roads area;
  • Overseeing consultant concept / design work for Town Center Project.  Preliminary Plans submitted for review and comment.  DPW has provided preliminary review comments but is awaiting committee comments, as well.  The portion of the design contract for burying utilities is being prepared by the consultant;
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading; 
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts. The Town won a $37,000 grant to review the sizing of the culvert(s) in this area and is awaiting signatures for the contract with state


  • Currently reviewing 8 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 59 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection


  • Fielded high call volume regarding water bills, road construction activities, and roadway reconstructions, etc.;
  • Preparing the fiscal year 2019 DPW operating budget

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 32 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 5 final reads;
  • Continue to read water meters cycle one;
  • Inspected new water service;
  • Worked with the Wellesley Water Division to open interconnections between Weston and Wellesley to supply them with water while MWRA completes repairs to their pipeline;
  • Installed new fire hydrant;
  • Responded to high water bill complaints;
  • Responded to 0 low-pressure calls;
  • Responded to 0 dirty water calls
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • 0 cremation interments;
  • 1 grave dug with casket interment;
  • Installed no foot markers;
  • Removed the suckers and trimmed the linden trees on Boston Post Road;
  • Cut, trimmed and cleaned in Linwood Cemetery;
  • Picked up branches in cemeteries and parks from the high winds and rain;
  • Assist the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe, as necessary;
  • Clean and service equipment;
  • Assist Highway Division with the pickup of storm debris in the north section of Town;
  • Conducted wall repairs through a contractor at Farmers Burial Ground;
  • Coordinating efforts to get Central Cemetery gate repaired
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpster totaling 24.20 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 1,5640 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 1,140 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 6.96 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 2.47 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 11 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 6.97 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 3.53 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 4.5 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 4460lbs;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 0 tons;
  • Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 0 tons;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 0 lbs;
  • Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 0 lbs;
  • Processed the pickup of medical sharps – 0 lbs; 
  • Processed 1 pickup of light bulbs – 0 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Monitored and assisted residents at the Brush Dump – 21 vehicles;
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit as needed
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Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Roadside mowing:  none;
  • Hot patching potholes: none;
  • Mowing islands and grass strips:  none;
  • Small equipment repairs: multiple chain saws;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadways:  wind/rain storm, 37 downed trees or large branches town-wide on Monday;
  • Pickup, chip, cleanup & transport storm debris:  3 days, town-wide;
  • Work with Eversource tree contractor:  storm tree removals on/in wires at Ash Street, Pine Street, Highland Street, and Conant Road;
  • Traffic emergency detours and signage and maintenance repairs: Route 30 at 4 intersections along Ash Street, Conant Road, Highland Street, and Pine Street also along Chestnut Street, North Avenue, and Wellesley Street;
  • Catch basin / sinkhole repairs:  none;
  • Prepare catch basins for repairs:  none;
  • Pave basins of the week:  none;
  • Check and clear basin/waterways:  all sections in Town during and post rainstorm;
  • Skin overlay/grindings:  none;
  • Repair sidewalk pavement deficiencies:  none;
  • Sweeping:  none;
  • DPW yard maintenance:  none;
  • Cleanup and reorganize Brush Dump:  none;
  • Loam and seed roadway shoulders:  none;
  • Oversee contractor for paving:  final paving on Merriam Street and Locust Road;
  • Pour concrete handicap ramp relocation:  Merriam Street at Merriam Village;
  • R&R granite pieces for ADA ramp relocation:  Merriam Street;
  • Oversee tree removal contractor: Love Lane (storm damage) and Conant Road;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action: Conant Road;
  • Guardrail maintenance:  none;
  • Remove split post and rail fencing:  none;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal, etc.

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 11 school buses, 0 police vehicles, 2 DPW trucks and other equipment, 0 recreation vehicles, and 0 school grounds vehicles;
  • Performed 1 major repair on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  Bus  No. 25 fuel issue;
  • Performed 0 repairs on sanders/plows;
  • Did NOT assist Highway Division with sanding and/or plowing operations this week

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