parking construction for rail trail

July 28 to August 3, 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

  • Cherry Brook Road and Pollywog Lane - Remaining Item is to cleanup signs, etc.;
  • Sylvan Road (entire length) - Pavement Marking (stop lines) remain;
  • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Shady Hill Road) - Pavement Markings (stop line, center lines, etc.) remain;
  • Wellesley Street at School Street Intersection - Milling and demolition work to begin the week of August 5;
  • Newton Street (from Wellesley Street to approximately #150 Newton) - Reclaim work to start the week of August 5;
  • Cliff Road and Winter Street - Pavement markings remain; 
  • Bogle Street - National Grid work to begin the week of August 5 to replace a section of main at/about Winter Street (which the DPW has been trying to get replaced for over 4 years). Rubber Chip Seal work will not take place until this work is completed. Based on schedules, won't occur until next construction season;
  • Pigeon Hill Road – Anticipate this work will take place after the Conant Road Underpass Project is completed;
  • Hilltop Road – Anticipate this work will take place after the Conant Road Underpass Project is completed
  • Old Road – Anticipate this work will take place after the Conant Road Underpass Project is completed
  • Gail Road – Drainage work at Gail and Oak Street has been completed.  Roadway work will follow.  Schedule has not yet been set;
  • Pembroke Road - National Grid replacing the gas main and service prior to roadway work.  Anticipate their work duration approximately 3-4 weeks;
  • Merriam Street (Sunset Road to Silver Hill Road) – There are a lot of moving parts that need to be completed prior to the roadway reconstruction taking place, including:
    • complete roadway drainage work between Westland Road and house no. 189 +/-, Westland Road and house no. 217, and house no. 245 +/- to Hallet Hill Road;
    • Merriam Street Culvert Replacement over Cherry Brook;
    • Water gate replacements on Merriam Street at Cherry Brook Road (holding utility pole is required);
    • sidewalk (southerly section between Westland Road and Sunset Road which require easements) 

Town Center Improvement Project

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    • Drainage work from the westerly end of the Town Green to to property number 483 ongoing;
    • Verizon manhole/vault installation continues;
    • Traffic Management Plans - modified daily to maximize available parking for the businesses

Additional Road Work Not Affiliated with the Town's Roadway Program

  • See updates in "State/Utility Project Work" for projects impacting roadways:
    • Conant Road (rail trail) 
    • Concord Road/ Church Street parking at spurs (rail trail access)
    • National Grid gas main work
  • See updates in "Ongoing DPW Projects" for drainage work at:
    • Newton Street
    • Loring Road
    • Legacy Trail
    • Water main/drainage projects
  • See updates in "Consultant Work" for larger projects at:
    • Rt. 20 and Rt. 30 TIP projects
    • Ash Street sidewalk
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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.;
  • Rail Trail Projects:  
    • Eversource and DCR Rail Trail Project – Substantially completed.  Eversource is working to close out outstanding items with Conservation Commission;
    • Conant Road Underpass Project (DCR) – Roadway opened to thru traffic and will be opened during non-working hours. Detours may still be used for critical space needed activities (i.e. final paving work, etc.). There is still a lot of work to complete including sidewalk, grading and loaming, and pavement marking work, etc. There is still work to complete below the roadway as well including paving, treatment to the interior culvert, and trail shoulders, etc.  It is anticipated that all work will be completed by mid-August;
    • Concord Road Spurs and Church Street Spurs Parking Areas (Town) – Anticipated future work includes but is not limited to curbing, sidewalk, final paving, grading and loaming, and pavement markings, etc.  It is anticipated that this work will be completed by mid-August;
    • DPW / DCR coordinated with MassDOT to address concrete spall and graffiti issues for Concord Road and Church Street bridges over the Rail Trail
  • National Grid gas relay projects proposed for construction during the 2019 Construction Season:
    • Church Street (at/about Pigeon Hill Road) - anticipate work occurring mid to late August; 
    • Newton Street - work is ongoing
    • Pembroke Road - work is ongoing
    • Bogle/Winter - work is anticipated in August 5
    • Sherburn Circle, Wellesley Street (669-654), and Concord Road (1-81) - schedule spreadsheet should be resolved at an NGrid/DPW meeting the week of July 26 
  • National Grid has submitted several permits for repairing long-standing gas leak locations.
DPW employees installing a drainage pipe

Ongoing DPW Projects

  • Wireless Meter Reading - All contracts are in place (3) and the permits for collector are in progress. Coordination with town accounting hardware is also ongoing (MUNIS). Notices for meter work and scheduling will be going out soon. Then the installation of collector sites, meters and radios will occur over the next several months, and then activation of the system. See for more information; 
  • Black Oak Pump Station –  substantially completed; 
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the Southside Drainage Project - Anticipate work starting on the pipe work just north of Ledgewood.  Town Engineer has coordinated with impacted residents;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project -  Substantially completed. Outstanding work is generator;
  • Cemetery Restoration Phase II - headstone rehabilitation contract ongoing;
  • Newton Street Drainage - 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) - Substantially completed.  Final trench paving work in a couple of months remaining;
  • Merriam Street Drainage work (between Westland Road and Cherry Brook Road) – Work ongoing.  Anticipate using the detour
  • Legacy Trail Project -  construction to begin soon;
  • Water: Lead Link Removals (over 60 locations) – Work ongoing.  Anticipate being the in the West Cliff neighborhood next and anticipate completing 1-2 services per work day.  It is anticipated that this work will be substantially completed by beginning of September;
  • Water: Lantern Lane and Old Coach Road – Anticipate starting this work in late August / early September
a birds-eye view of the town center plan

Consultant Work Managed by DPW

  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 30 Roadway Reconstruction TIP Project - roadway, sidewalk, drainage improvements, intersection improvements, etc. Next action items: tweak presentation based on May 29 meeting; present to the Board of Selectmen first meeting in October; and submit the 25% design plans to MassDOT in the Fall / Winter 2019. Project info at;
  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 20 Intersection Improvement TIP Project - (signal at Boston Post Road/Wellesley Street/Boston Post Road By-Pass) - A brief summary of the progress to date was provided to the Board of Selectmen on July 30th.  Anticipate being before the Board at the first September meeting to solicit comments prior to the formal 25% Submission to MassDOT in the Winter of 2019. Project info at;
  • 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. Warren Ave on hold;  
  • 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;
  • 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.  Presented at the Board of Selectmen on July 30 to discuss recommendations of the report.  Action item is to prepare Article for December 2019 Special Town Meeting;
  • Overseeing consultant design and preparation of specification for Cemetery Tomb Restoration.  Draft plans provided and comments provided back to consultant
engineering drawings for stormwater drainage


  • Currently reviewing 5 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 60 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection; 
  • Set up a temporary special speed zone on School Street between Brook School Apartments and Wellesley Street to 30 mph
  • Traffic Engineering Consultant Services - two assignments issued; 
  • 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.;
painted water hydrant

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 41 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 4 final reads;
  • Conducted annual large meter testing;
  • Inspected 1 water service at the main and corporation for low volume;
  • Continue to read meters;
  • Continue to paint hydrants;
  • Overseeing the removal of the lead links on contract being executed by Engineering Division
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • 2 cremation interments
  • Cut and trimmed grass at Linwood Cemetery and other park and cemetery locations;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • 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 25.80 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 80 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 940 lbs.;
  • Processed 2 cardboard containers – 10.36 tons;
  • Processed 1 bulky plastic container – 1.24 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 11.03 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs –7.21 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 4.15 tons;
  • Process 1 container of scrap wood – 4.10 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 2,100 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 840 lbs;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 2.20 pounds;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 4,080 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;
  • Cut and trimmed the grass around the property.
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Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • Hot patching potholes: Ash, South, Oak, and South Section;
  • Respond to Misc. calls for service:  17;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadway and/or culverts: Pinecroft Road, Pine Street, South Ave.;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs:  Highland at 30, Hilltop Road, Chestnut, Wellesley;
  • Assist lead link contractor with detour on School Street;
  • Inspect Catch Basin / Drainage system / Video:  Pigeon Hill, Hilltop, Old, Conant, Pinecroft;
  • Repair/Clean/Inspect drain manhole / catch basin: Outlet at Old Road;
  • Pave Basins: Black Oak;
  • Fixed washouts / repair roadside washouts:  Ash, Ridgeway, Bakers Hill;
  • Mowing and trimming including flail mowing:  North and Middle sections, and Service Request and Division List;
  • Clean and service equipment:  Dump trucks and backhoes;
  • DIGSafe Markouts: Scotch Pine, Black Oak; 
  • Cooks Pond Pump Station: Pump functioning properly;
  • Respond to Flooding Calls: Sherburn Circle;
  • Assist Paving Contractor:  Newton Street and School Street;
  • Street Sweeping:  Dean, Ridgeway, Columbine, Chiltern; 
  • Assist Water Division:  Water Main break at Kendal Green Parking Lot and South Avenue;
  • Continue work list creation of:  Skinny Overlay and Flail Mowing
  • Test and Inspect potential new mowing equipment:  MassDOT vendor at transfer Station
maintenance of a DPW truck

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 1 school bus, 1 police vehicle, and 12 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 3 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  State inspections on Town Fleet, H-15 tail light bulbs, sander stands

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