water main break
Weston's Water Division working late into the night making repairs

November 27 - December 2, 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:

fresh pavement

Administration/Engineering Division

Paving and Roadwork

  • North Avenue Roadway Resurfacing Work – Layout for final pavement markings completed.  Pavement markings were scheduled, but weather issue prohibited completion; 
  • Merriam Street (Concord Road to Sunset Road) – Pavement markings where scheduled. Long line work (center line and edge line) postponed due to weather constraints; 
  • Fairview / Montvale roads and Newton Street drainage design work has begun and must be completed prior to a roadway reconstruction. We continue to work on drainage designs and 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, is anticipated to occur over the next several weeks. It is anticipated that the signs will be installed the week of December 4th with signal inspection to occur shortly thereafter. MassDOT and its contractor are non-committal with schedule to complete;
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects -
    • Summer Street - gas main replacement work is ongoing with anticipated completion by the week of December 4th;  
    • 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 replacements ongoing;
    • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Cliff Road intersection plus or minus) - gas main replacement  anticipated to start after Wellesley Street is completed
  • Coordinating 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.
  • Continuing to coordinate with Eversource relating to the proposed rail and gravel work on the abandoned rail bed (future Wayside Rail Trail).  It is anticipated that work in Weston will begin the week of December 4th

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project ongoing – Engineering for generator move and final landscape and screening is underway. Town Engineer held neighborhood meeting and is working on necessary easement;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project.  Re-advertised bids opened. and Engineering is evaluating bids;
  • 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 - the project is anticipated to be re-advertised withing the next week or two;
  • Town Center Improvement Project - coordinating design decisions from the Town Center Planning Committee, the project consultant, and the various utility companies regarding the burying of the utilities portion of the design moving forward.  Eversource and Verizon work orders have started. Working on Comcast and Town Fiber work orders

Consultant Work

  • Overseeing consultants’ work on several sidewalk design projects – Latest plans available for viewing online. 
    • Warren Avenue Sidewalk Project - DPW has reached out to 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 Concept Sidewalk - overseeing consultants’ work on concept designs. Quotes from consultant firms for final design and permitting received.  Funding 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; 
  • Submitted a Route 30 (South Avenue) roadway reconstruction 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 Improvement Project.  The consultant is awaiting design decisions from the Town Center Planning Committee on the parking area in front of Fire Station and retail complex across the street. Consultant has reached out to Eversource and Verizon to incorporate their portions of the work into the design documents; 
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading, meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700); 
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts.  Design is ongoing
  • Continued the Tree Inventory, Assessment, and Recommendations in the field work with the tree consultant. Just under 4,000 public trees on scenic roadways have been inventoried and assessed three weeks into the program


  • Currently reviewing 6 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 56 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection


  • Preparing FY19 DPW Operating Budget
dig safe

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 46 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 4 final reads;
  • Continue to read water meters cycle one;
  • Inspected 4 new water services main to house;
  • Conducted repairs to water main break;
  • Conducted 1 service leak repair;
  • Responded to 0 low-pressure calls;
  • Responded to 0 dirty water calls
fall clean up

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 0 cremation interments;
  • 4 graves dug with casket interment and one dis-interment and re-burial of 1 grave;
  • Cleared leaves at Linwood Cemetery (ongoing activity);
  • Assist the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe as necessary;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 2, 100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 24.5 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 1,440 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 1,640 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 4.78 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 3.15 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 0 tons;
  • Ran 2 shuttles for grass/leaves – 14.72 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 4.36 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 2.64 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 3,140 lbs;
  • 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 – 60 lbs;
  • Processed pickup of medical sharps – 0 lbs; 
  • Processed 1 pickup of light bulbs – 0 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleared leaves and cut grass around the property;
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit as needed

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Roadside mowing:  none;
  • Hot patching potholes: Ash Street and Winter Street;
  • Mowing islands and grass strips:  none;
  • Prepared for winter and small equipment repairs: snow blower;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadways:  none;
  • Pickup deer removals:  none;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: Kendal Green Parking Lot, Highland Street, and Locust Road;
  • Catch basin / sinkhole repairs:  School Street (inspect for facilities pipe install), Ridgeway Road;
  • Prepare catch basins for repairs:  none;
  • Pave basins of the week:  School Street and Ridgeway Road;
  • Check and clear basin/waterways:  pump and inspect dry well basin for Engineering at Montvale and Fairview;
  • Catch basin inspection and marking:  none;
  • Skin overlay/grindings:  none;
  • Repair sidewalk pavement deficiencies:  none;
  • Sweeping:  none;
  • DPW yard maintenance:  none;
  • Gravel, loam and seed roadway shoulders:  none;
  • Traffic markings from last week (layouts and painting): Town House Road and Kendal Green parking lot;
  • Roadside/island/sidewalk leaf pickup: division mowing list starting on the north section;  clear sidewalk plow routes of leaves and debris;
  • Oversee tree removal contractor:  none;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  none;
  • Chainsaw training:  all highway / stormwater crews (off-site location);
  • Guardrail maintenance:  none;
  • Start snow stake installations- department list;
  • Continue sander calibrations and training;
  • Transport skid steer to Vehicle Maintenance division for service and return to transfer station;
  • Off-load and store catch basin and leeching structures - Highland Street;
  • 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, 1 police vehicle, 10 DPW trucks and other equipment, 0 recreation vehicles, and 1 school grounds vehicle;
  • Performed 1 major repair on vehicles  with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  Prepared school buses for inspection cycle 2;
  • Continued repairs on sanders/plows;
  • Did NOT assist Highway Division with sanding and/or plowing operations this week

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