aerial view of the town center
A bird's eye view of the current Church Street/Boston Post Road/School Street intersection, which will be safer and greener at the completion of the Town Center Improvement Project

October 13 to October 19, 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

  • Bogle Street - National Grid has completed the permanent trench pave of its trenches but DPW still needs to inspect the work. Anticipate any other pavement deficiencies will be address next spring before the Rubber Chip Seal Treatment is installed;
  • Pigeon Hill RoadPending work: berm, 1 layer of driveway aprons pavement installation, sidewalk excavation and grading (anticipate week of October 21) and binder installation (anticipate week of Nov. 4), then final roadway pavement installation (anticipate week of October 28), driveway apron and sidewalk work (anticipate week of Nov. 4), then loaming and seeding and final cleanup (anticipate week of Nov. 7);
  • Hilltop Road – See Pigeon Hill Road timeline;
  • Old Road – See Pigeon Hill Road timelines;
  • Gail RoadSee Pigeon Hill Road timelines;
  • Pembroke Road - See Pigeon Hill Road timelines;
  • 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) 

Completed Roadways

  • Cherry Brook Road;
  • Pollywog Lane;
  • Sylvan Road (entire length);
  • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Shady Hill Road)
  • Cliff Road and Brown Street - Rubber chip seal; 
  • Wellesley Street at School Street Intersection;
  • Newton Street (from Wellesley Street to approximately #150 Newton) 

Town Center Improvement Project

  • Find construction updates - sign up for "Town Center Construction Project" email/text notifications or visit project web page at for three-week look ahead
    • Verizon manhole/vault installation continues between Church St. and Town House Rd;
    • Conduit installation continues north on Church St. at/about Boston Post Rd. and School St.;
    • Water service work easterly; water work completed at BPR & Concord Rd.
    • 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:
    • National Grid gas main work
  • See updates in "Ongoing DPW Projects" for water/drainage, etc. work at:
    • Newton Street
    • 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
MCRT trail sign

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.;
  • Mass Central Rail Trail: trail open, DCR performing Cherry Brook culvert repair on Oct. 21
  • National Grid gas relay projects construction during the 2019 Construction Season:
    • Church Street (at/about Pigeon Hill Road) - work completed with the exception of the crossing over the MBTA/rail trail; 
    • Newton Street - work is ongoing
    • Wellesley Street (669-654) - work is ongoing;
    • Sherburn Circle and Concord Road (1-81) - schedule is unknown 
    • Kings Grant Road - work is ongoing;
    • Arrowhead Road - work is ongoing
  • 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 installation of meters and radios to occur over the next several months, and then activation of the system. Coordination with town accounting hardware is also ongoing (MUNIS). Notices for meter work and scheduling will be going out soon. See for more information; 
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the Southside Drainage Project - Work continuing on the pipe work at or about Pond Brook Circle and said properties. Anticipate completing work in November;
  • Cemetery Restoration Phase II - headstone rehabilitation contract ongoing;
  • Newton Street Drainage (by Church and Doublet Hill Area) - Town Engineer is working with several properties owners and others to secure easement rights for Phase II and Phase III drainage work; 
  • Merriam Street Drainage work (at/about Westland Road: between Westland and Silver Hill Road) – Still drainage work needed on the Hallet Hill Road portion of Merriam Street.  Town Engineering working with Town counsel;
  • Legacy Trail Project -  construction ongoing;
  • Water: Lantern Lane and Old Coach Road – Work continues.  Anticipate new main being completed mid-November

Completed Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project
  • Loring Road Drainage work (by #83)
  • Water: Lead Link Removals (over 60 locations +/-)
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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. A brief summary of the progress to date was provided to the Board of Selectmen on July 30.  Anticipate being before the Board again, possibly pushed to December, to solicit comments prior to the formal 25% Submission to MassDOT in the Winter of 2019. Another Traffic & Sidewalk Committee meeting will be held. 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) - Presented to the Board of Selectmen September 10 meeting to solicit comments prior to the formal 25% Submission to MassDOT in the Winter of 2019. Town Engineer trying to set up a neighborhood meeting October 18th with Winsor Way residents.  Town Engineer and consultant currently working with neighborhood to potentially modify the Town’s previous preferred alternative. Project info at;
  • Overseeing several sidewalk design projects -  (Merriam Street and Warren Avenue) – Funding secured for the work; culvert replacement and drainage work on Merriam 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 8 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 58 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 requires a temporary regulation. Board of Selectmen to approve temporary regulation at October 23 meeting.  Next action item is perform speed study; 
  • 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.;
  • Ongoing Engineering Drainage Designs:
    • Hallet Hill at Merriam Street – created hydrologic model and investigated existing drainage system;
    • Pinecroft at Conant Road – preliminary layout of proposed drainage in the roadway has been completed;
    • Merriam Street - southerly end drainage (just north of Fox Chase Road) – finalize layout for 2 catch basins and water quality unit
autumn leaves in stormdrain

Stormwater Education

Stormwater pollution is the fastest growing type of water pollution in Massachusetts. It fouls our lakes, rivers, and streams, which is bad for our water supplies and outdoor activities -- and also for the fish and wildlife that live there.

We need resident to do their part for clean and healthy waterways. The following tips will help prevent stormwater pollution from your home.

Yard Waste - Rake 'em, Bag 'em, or Compost 'em. Just Don't Dump 'em

A lot of people think that because grass clippings, brush, and other yard waste are ‘natural’ it is okay to dump piles of them in the woods or wetlands. Dumped yard waste actually destroys the underlying vegetation and wildlife habitat. Leaf dumping near water bodies often results in flooding problems upstream and when too many decomposing leaves get in our streams, unnaturally high levels of nutrients can harm aquatic wildlife. 

In the fall, bag your leaves and bring them to the Transfer Station or the Brush Dump on Merriam Street. Don't dump them in a brook, ditch or storm drain, and don't leave them on the sidewalk or a storm drain. The Merriam Street Brush Dump opens for six consecutive Saturdays starting Oct. 19th and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The leaves are left to compost, which  creates very healthy loam. You can do this, too, at your home for your garden and landscaping.

Save your back altogether and swap the rake for a lawnmower. Mulch the leaves with the blade of your lawnmower set to the highest height. The minced leaves feed your grass and soil over the winter and helps to discourage weeds. By far the easiest and cheapest method to a greener lawn with no need for chemicals that leach into our waterways.

underground installation of a water main

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 36 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 3 final reads;
  • Continued reading meters;
  • Assisted the MWRA with collecting water samples from resident’s home;
  • Responded to multiple e-DigSafes;
  • Worked 2 nights with contractor for the Town Center shutting down and turning on water mains so new tees and gate could be installed;
  • Due to wind and rain storm event, dealt with multiple power outages and computer issues for pump stations;
  • Continued annual leak detection program
fall clean up

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 2 cremation interments;
  • 1 grave dug with casket interment;
  • Cut and trimmed grass at Linwood Cemetery and other Park and Cemetery locations;
  • Trimmed some branches along the tree line perimeter of the cemetery.
  • 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 23.17 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 840 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 1,360 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 5.70 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 2,900 lbs;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 7.69 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 6.91 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 3.37 tons;
  • Process 1 container of scrap wood – 4.87 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 540 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 1,120 lbs;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 580 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;
  • Monitored cars for new permits as needed;
  • Processed 36 vehicles at the Merriam Street Brush Dump
storm debris

Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • Respond to Misc. calls for service:  64;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadway and/or culverts: Pembroke Rd and 55 storm-related calls;
  • Oversee Tree Contractor (Bucket Crew):  Pinecroft, South, Lexington, Pigeon Hill;
  • Pickup Deer Removals: North Avenue;
  • Trash/Litter pickup:  Ridgeway at Pike Bridge;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs:  Clearing, 2 hr parking limit signs for PD, Hobbs Brook, Concord; 
  • Set up and program message board for PD on Route 20 and Reprogram for numerous functions;
  • Set up Detour for: Old Road, Pigeon Hill Road, Hilltop Road, Gail, Pembroke, Alphabet, South Ave traffic signal outage, and traffic controls for downed trees during the storm;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action: Chiltern, Old, Pinecroft, Buckskin, October, Pembroke, Legion;
  • Tree Canopy Raising and Trimming:  October, Montvale, Fairview, Pinecroft, Church;
  • Respond to Flooding calls: 13 storm-related locations;
  • Check and Clear waterways:  Division Priority List;
  • Mowing and trimming including flail mowing:  Prep. for Rail Trail grand opening, Concord, Montvale, Fairview, Pinecroft;
  • Clean and service equipment:  Cleaning and Painting;
  • Cooks Pond Pump Station:  Pumping normally;
  • Assist Paving Contractor:  Old Road, Hilltop Road, Pigeon Hill Road, Gail, and Pembroke;
  • Assist Structure Contractor:  Old Road, Hilltop Road, Pigeon Hill Road, Gail, and Pembroke;
  • Street Sweeping:  Conant, Rail Trail Parking Areas, Church; 
  • Assist Woodland School with Traffic Control for Food Truck Festival
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 6 school buses, 4 police vehicles, 15 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 4 repairs on sanders/plows:  H-20, H-15, S-14, and S-23 plow edges replaced

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