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Posted on: May 29, 2019

Conant Road and Merriam Street Construction

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There is active construction on both Conant Road and Merriam Street and with detours in place, as detailed below. Anticipate additional time if traveling these roads and thank you for your patience as these critical projects are completed.


Conant Road

The portion of the road over the Mass Central Rail Trail will be closed starting June 3rd to approximately July 3rd as contractors for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), working with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT), reopens the long-blocked underpass of the bridge. This is the final phase of the state's Mass Central Rail Trail project and will allow for the unimpeded access on the newly installed rail trail from Wayland to the trestle bridge at the Waltham town line. The timing of this project involved the coordination of several utilities and state organizations, as well as the availability of state funds.


Conant Road Detour

The immediate area will be closed to traffic during construction as crews open up the road to install tunnel infrastructure. The detour will be in place at Conant Road to Pigeon Hill from the north side and traffic will be directed from Conant Road towards to Church Street on the south side. A map is available online with specific detail.


Merriam Street

Several portions of this roadway will be closed during the workday at various times over the next several weeks starting May 24th. This is to complete culvert and drainage infrastructure. Detours will be in place, as detailed below. Exact dates are unknown at this time and are dependent upon many factors including weather and phased work completion.


On June 7th (WHS graduation) - road work will be stopped at noon in order to relieve traffic from the north side to the Town Center.


Part 1: Drainage - Cherry Brook to Westland Road

Work has begun and is anticipated to take approximately two weeks to complete. The detour will be at Hallett Hill Road to Bradyll Road to Conant Road from the north side. From the south side, the detour will be at Baker's Hill Road to October Lane to Conant Road. A simple map is available online. The road will be closed during the workday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will reopen at the end of the workday. 


Part 2: Drainage - Westland Road to Willard Road+ (just south of the RR Bridge)

Work is anticipated to begin after Part 1 Drainage. The detour will be at Silver Hill Road. The road will be closed during the workday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will reopen at the end of the workday. 


Part 3: Drainage - Hallett Hill Road

Work is anticipated to begin after Part 2 Drainage (above). The road will be closed during the workday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will reopen at the end of the workday. The detour is expected to be Westland Road and Silver Hill Road. More detail will be released in advance of the project but is anticipated for the fall. A rough map is available online.


Part 4: Cherry Brook Culvert Crossing

Work is anticipated to begin after July 1st. The road will be closed for the duration of this phase. From the north side, the detour will be at Hallett Hill Road to Bradyll Road to Conant Road. From the south side, the detour will be at Baker's Hill Road to October Lane to Conant Road. A rough map is available online.


Part 5: Water Gate Replacements - Cherry Brook Road

This project is anticipated to be relatively quick to complete and to coincide with the culvert replacement above. No date is set and more information will be available in advance of the project. A rough map is available online.


Part 6: Roadway Reconstruction and Sidewalk Construction - Sunset Road to RR Bridge

This does not have a start time but is anticipated construction. Work is dependent upon the completion of the above-stated projects.


Rail Trail Parking Areas

The contract to construct parking areas at the roadway spurs off Church Street and Concord Road has been executed and a completion date set for August. More information to follow.


DPW Work Updates

Every week, the Department of Public Works publishes an update of work being managed by each division. This is released via email/text notification and can be subscribed to by visiting weston.org/stayinformed. Past issues are available online.

 

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