Town Center Improvement Project

The Town Center Improvement Project is the first opportunity in over 100 years -- since the design and construction of the Town Green -- to enhance the quality of the Town Center by addressing pedestrian and traffic safety, parking availability, and an opportunity for a variety of public activities, as well as the appearance of the Town Center. This will be the largest road construction project in Weston’s history.

Over a four-plus year period, the Town Center Planning Committee, working with the Public Works Department, a team of engineers, landscape designers, and a planning consultant, has carefully addressed myriad design and engineering challenges that face any project of this size.

Access to Town Center businesses is supported and monitored, as "Businesses are Open" is a critical directive given to the construction team by the planning committee.

Construction Update - September 28th

Access to homes and businesses will always be maintained. Police Detail is on site. Follow signs for business parking or ask for help.

This week, the following work is expected:

  • Town Square work
    • sidewalk installation
    • Exhedra
    • planter curb
    • granite, brick, and cobble paving
  • Adjust frames and covers at Town House Rd, Church St and Brother's parking lot
  • Installation of the irrigation mainline
  • Install concrete base slabs in all locations
  • Secondary and lighting cable pulls
  • miscellaneous work at various locations

NOTE NIGHT WORK - surface paving is anticipated to start Oct. 4th for Town House Road, Church Street and Brother's parking lot. The work is anticipated to run two evenings.

NOTE 4-WAY STOP INSTALLATION (coming soon) - with traffic through the center remaining light, the Select Board has asked the project team to move forward with the installation of the 4-way stop configuration at Church Street, Boston Post Road and School Street (see image below) to help with familiarization of the new layout sooner rather than later. The final configuration will have parallel parking in the Church Street bank between the Town Green and First Parish Church and a right-hand only turn lane from Church Street. There is currently a utility pole that will need to be removed by the utility company for final completion.

See the Three-week Look Ahead Schedule (PDF) for the anticipated upcoming schedule.  

Construction is continuing under approved conditions, as outlined by the state.

General visual depictions of the upcoming surface work can be found on the Project Summary and Project Views  web pages. This also includes the historical context of the Town Green District.

town center 4-way stop

Town Square Exhedra

town square exhedra work

Town Square Granite

town square granite work

Sidewalk Reconstruction Sequencing

The following is the sequencing plan for the north side of Boston Post Road only. Two crews will be on site for this work. The sidewalk work for the south side of Boston Post Road is dependent upon on the status of the utility companies and the utility poles.That sequencing will be reassessed prior to that work. 

  1. Crew 1 begins by stripping the existing sidewalk, roughly 300-feet, and will install gravel ramps at driveways and walkways
  2. Crew 1 will install irrigation, lighting conduit and sleeves, and light-pole bases within the 300-foot work limit. When finished, they’ll lay rough-graded gravel and reinstall gravel ramps at driveways and walkways
  3. Crew 2 installs the curbing within the 300-foot work limit
  4. Crew 1 follows behind Crew 2 and fine-grades the sidewalk area within the 300-foot work limit
  5. Crew 2 follows behind the Crew 1 by pouring sidewalks within the 300-foot work limit
  6. As Crew 2 is finishing pouring the sidewalk with in these limits, Crew 1 will begin stripping the next 300-feet of walkway work limit

Notes:

  • Pedestrian access to homes and businesses will be maintained and coordinated with business/property owners 
  • Cones will be placed in roadway for pedestrian traffic where sidewalk is inaccessible 
  • Sidewalk closed signs will be placed at either end of inaccessible sidewalk. Signs will be placed at crosswalks ahead of inaccessible sidewalk to detour pedestrian traffic
  • Police details will be on site to assist pedestrian traffic
  • Area of curing concrete will be barreled and taped-off to access
  • Residents and business owners will be notified with door hangers 48-hours in advance of their driveway being poured. Driveways will be inaccessible for 24-hours while concrete is pouring. 
  • Areas of special sidewalk paving will be temporarily paved. These areas will be permanently paved all at once when all the sidewalk work is complete.

Access Ramp to Businesses

sidewalk pedestrian access ramp to businesses

Activity Duration 

  • Strip sidewalk, install irrigation and lighting conduit sleeves and light pole bases (if applicable), place gravel and rough grade, 100-linear feet/day
  • Install curbing 175-linear feet/day
  • Fine grade, 200-square yards/day
  • Pour sidewalk 22-cubic yards/day

Some of the above activities can occur simultaneously. All work is weather dependent. The sidewalk, at any given location, will be disturbed for at least 1.5 to 2 weeks from stripping existing to new sidewalk.

Parking

Some street parking may be closed during work hours. If you require access to a business, please ask for assistance if access is unclear.

  • Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained. 
  • If you need assistance accessing a business, please ask a police officer or ground crew member. 
  • If crews are working in front or near a retail shop, please look for signs indicating alternative parking areas. 

NO PARKING signs will be posted 24-hours in advance of road work. Barrels will be placed in the spaces that will not be available for parking. We ask that you take notice of these signs and refrain from parking in these areas during the posted hours. If the barrels are placed up on the sidewalk, then parking is allowed in the space.

Anticipated Work & Hours

Day work will begin at 7:00 a.m. and generally conclude around 3:00 p.m., though some days may go a bit longer. Anticipate site set up to occur prior to 7:00 a.m.

Refer to the "Three-week Look Ahead" document below for anticipated upcoming work. This document is updated weekly. 

As with all construction work, activities are anticipated as unexpected issues can arise and delay progress.

How to Follow Progress & Get Updates

A dedicated listserv has been set up for those interested in receiving construction updates and notifications via email or text. Subscribe at Weston.org/StayInformed and look for the "Town Center Project" under News Flash.

Project Description

  • Repair the curbs, streets, and sidewalks, including the required improvements for handicapped accessibility and drainage upgrades
  • Reconfigure the location of the curbs and sidewalks to create more continuous and ample sidewalks, safer crosswalks, new open space, and traffic-calming strategies
  • Remove the utility poles and overhead wires to allow for new trees to be planted along Boston Post Road between Colpitts Road and School Street

The Open Space Plan, Tree Selection, and Tree plans are located below, along with the 100% construction plans.

Final Construction Plans