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October 7 - October 13, 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:

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State/Utility Project Work

  • 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:  
    • Post and railing installation continues by DCR and is anticipated to continue until the end of October for this phase of the work;   
    • Paving work for this phase of the project is completed. Only binder course has been installed between Conant Road and Church Street as this will be the haul route for the Conant Road Underpass Construction Project next spring/summer; 
    • Outstanding work:  post and railing installation, loaming, seeding, pavement markings, signs, and final cleanup including removing erosion controls;
    • DPW Director worked with the Rail Trail Advisory Committee and set up a consultant contract for proposed trail parking areas, etc.  Preliminary plans being developed and will be shared first with abutters for input
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects proposed for construction during the 2018 Construction Season. All work subject to ongoing labor dispute:
    • Newton Street gas main replacement work is on hold due to NGrid work stoppage;  
    • Gail Road gas main replacement work  is on hold due to NGrid work stoppage. It is anticipated that Pembroke Road gas main replacement work will start after Gail Road completed;  
    • Sherburn Circle, continuation of Wellesley Street (699-654) petition has been approved by the Board of Selectman; and Concord Road (1-81) gas main replacement projects anticipated for construction season 2018, but subject to ongoing labor dispute  

Ongoing DPW Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project – Town Engineer is set to advertise project and is conducting last outreach to neighbors.  Town Engineer is also working with Eversource and property owner to address some/all pole concerns. Generator move / wall construction / landscaping contract has an anticipated bid opening on  October 31st
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the 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.  It is anticipated that the project will be before the Conservation Commission on a meeting in November /  December for Phase II work;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - Punchlist work remaining – bids for electrical work are due Oct. 19th;
  • Calendar Year 2018 Roadway Reconstructions
    • Fairview Road and Montvale Road Intersection - Reclaimation work and binder installation completed.  Final paving work, loaming and seeding, installation of necessary pavement markings, and final cleanup outstanding work;  
    • Winter Street (Route 30 to Brown Street), Glen Road (Shady Hill Road to Oak Street), Highland Street (Pine Street to Route 30) - Anticipated work over the next couple of weeks:  loaming and seeding, final cleanup, and pavement markings; 
  • DPW anticipates that Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Shady Hill Road) will be constructed next construction season after drainage work is completed; 
  • DPW anticipates Gail Road, Pembroke Road, Webster Road, and Arrowhead Road will occur next construction season if the gas work can get completed early next construction season after drainage work is completed;    
  • Summer Street - replacement of guardrail is anticipated this fall
  • Cemetery Restoration Phase II - Headstone rehabilitation contract ongoing.  Work anticipated to begin October 2018;
  • Newton Street Drainage - (by Land's Sake) Contractor mobilized.  First piece of drainage work by Land Sake is under construction – several structures installed this past week and roadway sawcut for main drainage line continue.  Work will continue for several weeks in Phase I of 3 phases of drainage work
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Consultant Work Managed by DPW

  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 30 Roadway Reconstruction TIP Project - roadway, sidewalk, drainage improvements, intersection improvements, etc.  Survey work nearing completion.  Completed wetland delineation.  Survey work to continue for the next several days.  Work has begun on the Functional Design Report (a MassDOT required submission). Project info at weston.org;
  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 20 Intersection Improvement TIP Project - (signal at Boston Post Road/Wellesley Street/Boston Post Road By-Pass) - intersection improvements, etc.  Survey  work has continued.  Traffic counts conducted as well as on the site observations during said traffic counts and to gather photos.  Work has begun on the Function Design Report (a MassDOT required submission). Project info at weston.org;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting on Proposed Concord Road Spurs and Church Street Spur Rail Trail Parking Areas - these are proposed parking areas for the rail trail.  Preliminary plans being developed. Plans are to be presented to impacted residents for input;
  • Overseeing several sidewalk design projects -  (Merriam Street and Warren Avenue) – Funding secured 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.  First piece of drainage work by Land Sake is under construction – several structures installed this past week and roadway sawcut for main drainage line continues;
  • Overseeing consultant concept/design work for the Town Center Improvement Project -  75% Plan submission to the Town  and comments from DPW provided to consultant.  Still coordinating with utilities to finalize design. Project info and plans can be found at   weston.org/towncenter;
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading - meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700).  Contract award issued. Preconstruction meeting set for October 10th. RFP for meter purchases and bid opening occurred on October 11th and we are moving forward with award of contract.  Consultant preparing an RFP for Installation of AMI and meters; 
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts - decision matrix tabling being evaluated.  Engineering presented findings to Board of Selectman and the Conservation Commission;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Ash Street Sidewalk Project - Design ongoing.  Consultant to present progress prints to Traffic and Sidewalk Committee;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Water Distribution Master Plan.  Consultant gathering data and setting up the calibration of the water system hydraulic model.  The vision for this plan is to lay out short term and long term capital plans relating to the water distribution system including water mains, gates, meters, water tanks, etc.  Anticipate final report in December 2018;
  • Overseeing consultant design and preparation of specification for Cemetery Tomb Restoration.  Draft plans provided and comments provided back to consultant


  • Currently reviewing 16 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 53 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection;
  • Attempting to convince MassDOT to reconsider its decision to not lower the special speed zone on School Street between Brook School Apartments and Wellesley Street;
  • Working with the Town’s Procurement Officer, prepare an RFP for Traffic Engineering Consultant Services;
  • Working with the state to eliminate (get a waiver) one ADA parking stall at Kendal Green Parking Lot due to non-use; 
  • Working with the Town’s Traffic and Sidewalk Committee, including:  Love Lane, Chestnut Street, Sunset Road, Wellesley Street at Route 30 signal, mirrors, stop sign requests, sidewalk requests, crosswalk requests, etc.
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Water Division

  • Completed approximately 32 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 2 final reads;
  • Oversaw the inspection and cleaning of the Paines Hill Tank;
  • Turned off 1 water service for demolition;
  • Continued reading water meters second round (i.e. summer reads);
  • Fixed 1 water service leak
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • 2 graves dug with casket interments;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Cut grass at Town Hall, Town Green perimeter, Linwood Cemetery and other park and cemetery locations;
  • Prune trees and scrubs in Linwood Cemetery, around Town Green, and other park and cemetery locations;
  • 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 dumpster totaling 25.70 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 1,360 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select park solid waste – 1,160 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 6.03 tons;
  • Processed 1 bulky plastic container – 2.23 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 9.89 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 14.79 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 6.61 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 6.5 tons;
  • Processed 1 aluminum container – 3.36 tons;
  • Process 1 container of scrap wood – 6.52 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes –1,040 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 940 lbs;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 1,680 pounds;
  • Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 5,280 pounds;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 4,240lbs;
  • Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 60 lbs;
  • Processed pickup of light bulbs – 1060 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;
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Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • Hot patching potholes: various;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadway and/or culverts: several;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal;
  • Checked and cleared waterways:  Division list, multiple calls for flooding, basins and drain manholes;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Oversee line painting contractor:  Route 117, Merriam Street, Glen, Highland, Winter, School, etc.;
  • Oversee paving contractors:  DPW Yard, Highland St;
  • Cleared upper DPW yard for all materials and stock in preparation of pavement surface renovations (as a result of the temporary police station impacts to pavement);
  • Assisted Water Division with water main break / gate installation:  Merriam Street;

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 12 school buses, 2 police vehicles, and 6 DPW trucks and other equipment, noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 122 pieces of rolling stock for the Town;
  • Performed 2 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  Bus #20 fuel tank; Bus #22 brake line and starter

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