Town Center Improvement Project
The Town Center Improvement Project is the first opportunity in over a hundred 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.
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 the myriad design and engineering challenges that face any project of this size.
- 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
March 18th Special Town Meeting - 7:00 p.m. at the Weston High School
At the November 2018 Special Town Meeting, voters chose to pass-over the appropriation request for construction funds to advance this project in favor of rebidding the project and bringing it back to a spring Special Town Meeting in March. The warrant is available online.
The Town Center Planning Committee has written two articles to describe different aspects of this massive project:
- Town Center Project: Traffic and Safety Improvements
- Town Center Project: Open Space, Parking & Utilities
- Town Center Project: Cost Breakdown and Tax Impacts
A public information meeting detailing the project was held on Nov. 17, 2018, and the video and presentation of which is available below:
- WMC video of Nov. 17th info session
- Nov. 17th presentation
- Nov. 27th Special Town Meeting presentation
The Open Space Plan, Tree Selection, and Tree plans are located below, along with the 100% construction plans.
- Legend, General Notes, Baselines, Tie-ins, Typical Sections - pgs. 1-17 (PDF)
- Construction Plans and Profiles - pgs. 18-31 (PDF)
- Signs and Pavement Markings - pgs. 32-39 (PDF)
- Drainage, Water, Sewer, Gas, Electric/Telecom, Utility Plans - pgs. 40-74 (PDF)
- Curb Ties and Grading - pgs. 75-89 (PDF)
- Construction Details and Temporary Traffic Controls - pgs. 90-105 (PDF)
- Construction Phasing - pgs. 106-139 (PDF)
- Electric, Lighting, Site Power, and Existing - pgs. 140-163 (PDF)
- Landscape Plans - pgs. 164-185 (PDF)
- Cross Sections for Boston Post Rd - pgs. 186-211 (PDF)
- Cross Sections for Side Streets - pgs. 212-230 (PDF)
This work was initially driven by the need to replace the gas mains running through the center of town. The Board of Selectmen, realizing that the Post Road would need to be reconstructed as a result of National Grid’s gas work, as well as the need to address deferred infrastructure reconstruction, created the Town Center Planning Committee to consider other physical improvements more holistically, including the design and appearance of this important area.
The 2016 Special Town Meeting voted to approve design and engineering fees for the Town Center's Master Plan concept. The 2017 Annual Town Meeting approved the funds for the design and engineering fees to bury the utility lines and poles.
Approval of the design and engineering fees for both the master plan and the burying of the utilities has allowed for the concepts shown on the "Historical Context" page and "Project Views" page to move forward for further development, including a public input session for designs held on June 13th and the development of preliminary road construction plans. The design boards from the public input session are physically located outside the auditorium of Town Hall.
Follow the progress of the Town Center Planning Committee by subscribing to receive notification of posted meeting agendas and minutes, and watch for notices of upcoming public design meetings.