weston dpw

July 29 - August 4, 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:

road work

Administration/Engineering Division

Paving and Roadwork

Drainage Work
  • Merriam Street (Sunset to Silver Hill Rd) - culvert replacement, water gate, and drainage work ongoing;
  • Newton Street drainage design work nearing completion

Calendar Year 2018 Anticipated Roadway Reconstructions
  • Gail Road, Pembroke Road, Webster Road, and Arrowhead Road will occur if the gas work (National Grid) can get completed this year;
  • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Shady Hill Road) will occur pending drainage work;
  • Merriam Street - pending culvert, drainage, gas, water gate, and sidewalk work;
  • DPW continues to work on obtaining easements on Newton Street before roadway work can begin
Next Anticipated Round Paving
  • Glen Road (Shady Hill to Oak/Cliff intersection), Winter Street (Rt 30 to Brown St), Highland Street (Pine St to Rt 30), Fairview Rd/Montvale Rd intersection
Completed Paving
  • Summer Street – pavement markings installed and replacement of guardrails  (anticipated late summer); 
  • Conant Road (Church Street to Woodward Lane) - pavement markings installed;
  • Concord Road (from Merriam Street to Sudbury Road) - ADA ramp and pavement markings installed;
  • Aspen Road, Juniper Road, Cherry Brook Road (from Juniper to no. 156) -  ADA ramp installs remaining

State/Utility Project Work

  • Route 30 (South Avenue) and Wellesley Street Signal Improvement Project - final landscaping and final cleanup ongoing.  MassDOT and its contractor are non-committal with schedule to complete;
  • 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.
  • Continuing to coordinate with Eversource and MassDCR on the Rail Trail Project -  Railing work continues.  Additionally, it is anticipated that final paving will take place August 2018.  DPW Director is continuing to work with Rail Trail Advisory Committee in setting up a consultant contract for proposed trail parking areas, etc. (draft proposal has been reviewed and consultant is modifying)
National Grid's Gas Relay Projects -
Proposed for construction 2018
all work on hold due to ongoing labor dispute
Sherburn Circle, continuation of Wellesley Street (699-654: petition approved by Selectmen), and Concord Road (1-81)

Current Constructionall work on hold due to ongoing labor dispute
  • Gail Road (11 - 27) with Pembroke Road to follow, Oak St (94 - 147) 
  • Newton Street (2 - 217)  


Drainage/Water Work
  • DPW continues to work on obtaining necessary easements on Newton Street before roadway work can be planned;
  • Black Oak Pump Station Project – Town Engineer  working on easement document with impacted property owner.  Town Engineer working with Eversource and property owner to address some/all pole concerns; 
  • Southside Drainage Project - The necessary easements for Phase 2 of the project have been secured.  The permitting will be conducted with construction anticipated for fall 2018.  Conservation Commission meeting upon receipt of all Phase II easement will be next action item
Progress Made
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - electrical, plumbing, and punchlist work remaining

Consultant Work

  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Warren Avenue Sidewalk Project;
  • Merriam Street Sidewalk Project - funding secured (Annual Town Meeting) for the work, culvert replacement and drainage work needs to take place, sidewalk project needs to be coordinated with roadway work;
  • Overseeing consultant design work for drainage work for construction season 2016 (Newton Street and Merriam Street).  Continue to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street;  
  • Town Center Improvement Project - DPW has provided review comments to the consultant on the submitted 30% plans (May 25th submission and are available on the Town website)
  • Wireless Meter Reading, meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700) - Contract award issued;
  • Concord Road Culvert replacement (which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts) - Decision matrix tabling is being evaluated


  • Currently reviewing 14 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 52 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection
water trees

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 45 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 5 final reads;
  • Inspected 1 new water service;
  • Installed 1 new large meter and turned on water;
  • Witnessed two water samples taken from contractors;
  • Continued meter reading;
  • Continued working on the lead and copper sampling plan for 2018;
  • Painting hydrants;
  • Continued watering tree list;
  • Responded to 1 low pressure call

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 1 cremation interment;
  • 1 grave dug with casket interment;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Cut grass at the Central cemetery, Solder’s Park, DPW/Police Station, Anniversary Park, Linwood Cemetery, and other park and cemetery locations as needed;
  • Rough cut the perimeter of Linwood Cemetery;
  • Pruned trees and shrubs in Linwood Cemetery and other park and cemetery locations as needed;
  • Removed some fallen trees at the Fiske Law Offices that are left over from the nor’easters;
  • Continued updating the cemetery spreadsheets for interments and lot owners
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 20.81 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 400 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 1,200 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 6.80 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 5.33 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes –3,430 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 820 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit as needed;
  • Pick up litter and cleaned up around the site as needed;
  • Cut the grass on the landfill cap and around the building;
stump grinding

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Hot patching potholes: various;
  • Oversee stump grinding contractor:  Pinecroft island, Old Colony, Boston Post Road, Glen Road, Wellesley Street, Highland Street, Conant at Pigeon Hill;
  • Cleanup stump grindings , loam and seed areas;
  • Oversee tree pruning contractor:  Ash Street, Nobscot Road, Love Lane, Black Oak, etc.;
  • Tree and tree limb removals: Loring Lane, Winter Street;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  several;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal;
  • Set up detours:  Highland Street, Glen Road and Winter Street;
  • Install catch basin and manhole ID markers – middle and south sections;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Saw cut driveways and work limits:  Highland Street, Glen Road and Winter Street;
  • Drainage repair pipe:  Glen Road;
  • Rebuild headwall, reshape and rebuild inlet and outlet swales that were filled with sediment:  Winter Street;
  • Replace 35’ culvert pipe across roadway:  Winter Street;
  • Oversee precast contractor:  Highland Street and Glen Road;
  • Oversee reclaiming with contractor: Highland Street, Winter Street and Glen Road;
  • Oversee grading and capping with contractor:  Highland Street, Winter Street, and Glen Road;
  • Finish prepping parking area for paving Police Station;
  • Load contractor trucks with waste and usable aggregate

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 3 school buses, 4 DPW trucks and other equipment, and 1 school grounds vehicle noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 122 pieces of rolling stock for the Town;
  • Performed 5 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  School bus inspections (registry);
  • Performed 4 repairs on sanders/plows: Weld and repair 4 large plows and overhaul sidewalk snow blower

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