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April 14 - April 20, 2019

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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2019 Roadway Reconstruction Program (Round 1)

  • Cherry Brook Road, Pollywog Lane, Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Shady Hill Road) – anticipate completing drainage work (sub-drain installation) over the next couple of weeks;
  • Gail Road -  National Grid needs to complete tie-in from old gas main to new gas main installed last June; 
  • Pembroke Road - National Grid needs to replace existing gas main prior to roadway work;  
  • Water gates at Merriam Street and Cherry Brook Road anticipated being replaced the week of April 22nd;  
  • Preparation work (repair of deteriorated pavement) on Brown Street and Cliff Road is anticipated to occur the week of April 15th;
  • The Town’s Chip Seal contractor anticipated being mobilized in July
  • National Grid is anticipated to be replacing the leaking gas main at Bogle Street (from Winter Street to just south of the culvert) in advance of the Chip Sealing Program 
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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:  
    • punchlist items are anticipated to be finished in the spring when the next phase of construction picks up. 
    • DCR is responsible for the Rail Trail / Conant Road Underpass Construction. DCR and its consultant will hold a pre-construction meeting on April 11;
    • It is anticipated that work will be started April 2019 and be completed by July 2019. Conant Road will be closed for a period of time during construction and detours will be in place; 
    • Several contracts/contractors will be working on the rail trail – Eversource’s contractor, DCR’s contractor for the trail, DCR’s contractor for the Conant Road Underpass, and the Town’s contractor for the Concord Road and Church Street spur parking areas
    • DPW is attempting to coordinate with MassDOT to address concrete spall and graffiti issues for Concord Road and Church Street bridges over the rail trail 
  • DPW met with National Grid Representatives the week of January 21 to review 2019 construction season. NGrid to supply DPW with updated work schedule. NGrid’s gas relay projects proposed for construction during the 2019 Construction Season:
    • Newton Street - work is ongoing
    • Gail Road - work anticipated to be completed in April/May
    • Pembroke Road - work will start after Gail Road completed 
    • Sherburn Circle, Wellesley Street (669-654), and Concord Road (1-81) - schedule is unknown 
  • National Grid has submitted several permits for repairing long-standing gas leak locations. These are currently under review and are anticipated to begin work in April
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Ongoing DPW Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station – poured concrete for new generator pad; 
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the Southside Drainage Project - Anticipate receiving consultant design package Phase II by week of April 22nd and advertise project shortly thereafter;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - Punchlist work remaining – electrical and plumbing. Electrical work anticipated to start and be completed over the next several weeks;
  • Cemetery Restoration Phase II - headstone rehabilitation contract ongoing;
  • Newton Street Drainage - First piece of drainage work by Land Sake is under construction – Trench paving work outstanding for Phase I.  Town Engineer is working with several properties owners and others to secure easement rights for Phase II and Phase III drainage work; 
  • Loring Road Drainage work (by #83) - No work completed this period;
  • Glen Road Drainage work (Shady Hill Road to Wellesley Street) – Sub-drain work and cleanup remain. Anticipate contractor mobilizing the week of April 22nd
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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.  Work has begun on the Functional Design Report (a MassDOT required submission). Consultant met with Traffic and Sidewalk Committee during the February meeting to discuss direction. Planning on meeting with MassDOT D-6 Office on April 12th to discuss progress. 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. Work has begun on the Function Design Report (a MassDOT required submission).Consultant/Town Engineer met with Traffic and Sidewalk Committee during April meeting to discuss direction of design and then setup a MassDOT D-6 meetingProject info at weston.org;
  • Overseeing consultant design and preparation of specifications for Proposed Concord Road Spurs and Church Street Spur Rail Trail Parking Areas - Contract awarding process and signature in progress. Anticipate holding a pre-construction meeting the beginning of May; 
  • 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. Meeting to discuss Warren Avenue proposed sidewalk and various constraints to be discussed at next Traffic and Sidewalk Committee meeting;
  • 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 nearing completion – see above for Phase I update.  Work on Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Shady Hill Road) is nearing completion;
  • Overseeing consultant concept/design work for the Town Center Improvement Project -  March Special Town Meeting approved construction funds. Evaluating low bidder for Award of Contract. 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). AMI and meter purchase contracts secured.  AMI installation bids opened;  Installation of Collector Sites (tank locations and Wellesley Street), installation of meters and radios over the next several months, and then activation of the system; 
  • 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 Selectmen and the Conservation Commission. Funding pending Annual Town Meeting vote;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Ash Street Sidewalk Project - Design ongoing.  Consultant to presented progress prints to Traffic and Sidewalk Committee, but drainage, length of crosswalk and curbing issues/comments from DPW Director need to be resolved.  Town Engineer has outreached to MWRA about secure rights / easements to address previously mentioned concerns;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Water Distribution Master Plan.  Received draft report and is currently under review;
  • Overseeing consultant design and preparation of specification for Cemetery Tomb Restoration.  Draft plans provided and comments provided back to consultant
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  • Currently reviewing 8 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 59 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 which a temporary regulation would need to be setup.  Board of Selectmen approved temporary regulation at October 23rd meeting.  Next action item is to get approval from MassDOT; 
  • Traffic Engineering Consultant Services contract signed by Town; 
  • Working with the Town’s Traffic and Sidewalk Committee on several items:  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 48 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 3 final reads;
  • Installed 2 summer service meters and turned water on;
  • Inspected 2 new water services;
  • Continue to read meters

Park and Cemetery Division

  • Continued with spring cleanup in Linwood Cemetery and other parks and cemetery locations and finished removing snow stakes from cemeteries and parks;
  • Assisted Solid Waste and Recycling Division with picking up solid waste at Town Buildings and the push down of containers;
  • Loam and seeded winter graves;
  • Continued updating the cemetery spreadsheets for interments and lot owners
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 2, 100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 38.92 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 540 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 1,160 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 5.94 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 8.75 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 8.97 tons;
  • Processed 1 aluminum container – 1.15 tons;
  • Process 1 container of scrap wood – 5.15 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 1,320 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 2,000 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleaned the trailer pit as needed;
  • Pick up litter and cleaned up around the site as needed;
  • Started the Spring Cleanup around the building and property
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Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • Hot patching potholes: 4 locations;
  • Respond to Misc. calls for service:  8 locations;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadway and/or culverts:  Continued roadside cleanup, south section;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs:  Pigeon Hill, School Street;
  • Set up Detour for:  Cliff Road and Brown Street (4 days);
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action: Bakers Hill, Summer Street, Aspen Road, Conant Road, Concord Road;
  • Street Sweeping:  Week 3 Sweeping Schedule;
  • Sidewalk Sweeping:  North Section;
  • Respond to Flooding calls:  Chiltern Road and Deer Path;
  • Oversee Drain Cleaning and Video:  Chiltern Road, Sears Road, Conant Road;
  • Check and Clear waterways:  All sections 1 time;
  • Clean and service equipment:  2 times;
  • DIGSafe Markouts:  North Avenue and Plymouth Road;
  • Assist Transfer Station – Drain Line Jetting & Pumping;
  • Assist Paving Contractor – Trench & Degradation Repairs before Chip Sealing in July on Cliff Road and Brown Street;
  • Load Contractor Vehicles with waste aggregate for disposal;
  • Assist Park/Cemetery – Transport gravel, Transport wood chips and compost;
  • Setup / Program Variable Message Boards:  Household Hazardous Waste Day, Brush Dump Schedule
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Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 4 school buses, 4 police vehicles, 13 DPW trucks and other equipment, and 1 recreation vehicle, noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 122 pieces of rolling stock for the Town;
  • Performed 3 major repairs on vehicles Major/Significant maintenance activity: H-22 remove snow blower install flail, H-23 remove plow, H-15 transmission cover replace;
  • Performed 2 repairs on sanders/plows: H-10 and H-12 removed and sealed up sander for the summer

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