2018 snow

December 30, 2017 - January 6, 2018

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:

drainage design

Administration/Engineering Division

Paving and Roadwork

  • Fairview / Montvale and Newton Street drainage design work is nearing completion and construction work will take place before roadway reconstruction occurs, which is anticipated for next spring / summer;  
  • DPW continues to work on drainage designs and obtaining 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 - final landscaping and final cleanup, including removal of work trailers, is anticipated to occur over the next several weeks.  MassDOT and its contractor are non-committal with schedule to complete;
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects -
    • Church Street at/about Pigeon Hill Road - project currently on hold;
    • Wellesley Street, including Bass Pond Road (Rockport Road to town line) is ongoing – NGrid working on services; 
    • Conant Road / Colchester Road gas main replacements ongoing – NGrid working on services;
    • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Cliff Road intersection plus or minus) - gas main replacement anticipated to start after Wellesley Street is complete, which will be deferred till 2018;
    • Gas relay projects proposed for the 2018 Construction Season – Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Oak Street), Gail Road, Pembroke Road, Sherburn Circle, the continuation of Wellesley Street (699-654), Newton Street, and Concord Road (1-81).
  • 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.

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project ongoing – Engineering for generator move and final landscaping and screening underway.  Town Engineer  had neighborhood meeting and  is working on obtaining necessary easement;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project.  Bid opening scheduled in February 2018;
  • 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 readvertised within the next week or two. Bid opening scheduled in February 2018.
  • Continuing to coordinate with Eversource relating to the proposed rail and gravel work on the railroad bed (Wayside Rail Trail).  Work in Weston will be deferred until spring 2018

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 from whom an easement will be required; 
    • Merriam Street Sidewalk Project - several easement issues remain. Upcoming meetings include Planning Board (January 31st), Conservation Commission (January 23rd), and Community Preservation Committee (January 16th).  Several site walks have taken place;
  • 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. Design work completed for drainage work 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 intersection at Boston Post Road/Church Street/School Street;
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading, meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700).  Bid documents have been published.  Proposal due end of January 2018; 
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts.  Design ongoing. 
  • Completed Phase I of the Tree Inventory, Assessment, and Recommendations by the consultant for the town's Scenic Roadways. Data is being reviewed and compiled for incorporation into the GIS database


  • Completed the in-house design for Water Main Replacements at Columbine and Dean Roads.  Bid Opening end of February 2018;
  • Currently reviewing 5 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 50 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection
frozen meter

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 5 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 8 final reads;
  • Read water meters cycle three;
  • Conducted 1 emergency DigSafe;
  • Responded to 5 frozen water meter calls to replace;
  • Responded to 0 low-pressure calls;
  • Responded to 0 dirty water calls;
  • Did assist with sanding and plowing operations on January 4-5th

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 0 cremation interment;
  • 2 graves dug with casket interments;
  • Assisted the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe, as necessary;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Assisted with snow sanding and plowing operations, January 4th  and 5th
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 2, 100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 37.12 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 460 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 500 lbs.;
  • Processed 2 cardboard containers – 7.31 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 5.94 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 0 tons;
  • Ran 0 shuttles for grass/leaves – 0 tons;
  • Ran 0 shuttles for brush /logs – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 4.05 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 2,300 lbs;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 0 tons;
  • Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 0 tons;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 340 lbs;
  • Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 0 lbs;
  • Processed pickup of medical sharps – 100 lbs; 
  • Processed 1 pickup of light bulbs – 0 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit as needed;
  • Did assist with snow sanding and plowing operations on January 4-5th

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Hot patching potholes: none;
  • Prepare for winter and small equipment repairs: various chain saws;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadways:  none;
  • Pickup deer removals:  none;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: finished Kendal Green parking lot signs;
  • DPW yard maintenance:  none;
  • Oversee tree removal contractor:  none;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  Glen Road and Pigeon Hill Road;
  • Cleaned and serviced all deicing equipment;
  • Responded to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal, etc.;
  • Inspect and/or as necessary all mailbox call locations;
  • Refill sand barrels - none;
  • Spot sanding:  all public buildings, bus barn, and miscellaneous call spots;
  • Plow and shelf snow drift areas:  Newton Street, Ash Street, Church Street, and Glen Road;
  • Plow and snow blow all sidewalks;
  • Snow removal in Town Center;
  • Store 3,500 gallons of liquid deicer;
  • Conducted sanding and plowing (14” blizzard conditions) operations on January 4, 5, and 6th (spot sanding due to drifting snow)

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 5 school buses, 3 police vehicles, 7 DPW trucks and other equipment, 0 recreation vehicles, and 1 school grounds vehicle;
  • Performed 2 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  School bus inspections, school bus fuel freezing issues;
  • Performed 12 repairs on sanders/plows: snow storm 1-4/5-18 multiple small vehicle issues; 
  • Did assist Highway Division with sanding and plowing operations, January 4-5, 2018

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