October 24 - October 30, 2021
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
2021 Roadway Reconstruction Program
Utility work needs to be appropriately coordinated and completed, the following roads are expected to be worked on this construction season. This also includes crack and chip sealing programs. Also note the gas main work being completed by National Grid in the utility work section below:
- Ash Street – TBD as sidewalk project at Town Meeting did not pass
- Kings Grant Road after drainage work is complete
Spruce Hill Road – Completed. Bay State Road – Completed. Buckskin Road & Whispering Lane – Completed.
- Newton Street (150 Newton Street to Route 30) – Gravel backup, loaming and seeding ongoing and then final cleanup. Project is substantially complete.
- Spring Road – Anticipate next construction season.
There are two water services from the water main to the curb stop that need to be replaced prior to any roadway work which were relayed October 6th.
- Wellesley Street (milling) – next construction season
- Ridgeway Road (milling) – next construction season
- Linden Circle – next construction season
- Stonecroft Road – next construction season
- Winter Street (section)
- Hallet Hill Road
- Bittersweet Road – next construction season
- Hickory Road – next construction season (gas work underway)
- Briar Lane – next construction season
- Stony Brook Road – next construction season
- Old Colony Road- gas work anticipated first
- Ferndale Road – gas work anticipated first
- Columbine Road – gas work anticipated first
- Dean Road – gas work anticipated first
- Chiltern Road – next construction season
- Lantern Road – next construction season
- Old Coach Road – next construction season
- Longmeadow Lane – Next construction season
- Walnut Street (section) – Next construction season
Anticipate Crack Sealing Program completed
Road Cutting after Paving Moratorium
Once paving is completed on any roadway in Weston, a five-year moratorium on pavement cutting is placed on that road. This is done to protect the investment made by taxpayers. A five-year schedule of anticipated roadway reconstruction is available on the DPW's web page under Capital Improvement Projects.
Town Center Improvement Project Ongoing Work
Eversource - At the Church Street approach, the relocation of overhead lines (only Verizon remains) to new poles still outstanding, then double poles can be removed.
Comcast – completed with the exception of at the buildings. Director is not happy with the look at some of the building interfaces and have expressed the same to the utility company.
Verizon – completed with the exception of at the buildings. Director is not happy with the look at some of the building interfaces and have expressed the same to the utility company. Outstanding work include overhead line transfer at Church Street pole across from Conant Road.
Permanent Signs - work ongoing.
Hardscaping – The majority of the hardscaping is completed. The furnishings for the various park areas will be arranged per the direction of the Landscape architect.
Outstanding work – There will be a couple of trees replaced in the Spring 2022 as there was not good stock at the nurseries; finish controls for tight tank installation on Center Street, final landscaping then compile punchlist to be completed.
State/Utility Project Work
National Grid Gas Relay Projects:
- 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.;
- National Grid has submitted several permits for repairing long-standing gas leak locations;
- NGrid is looking to do tree work (pruning and removals) on several streets in the south section of Town.
Merriam Street Bridge over the MBTA (owned and maintained by MassDOT)
- Church Street – (at/about Pigeon Hill Road) Work completed with the exception of the crossing over the MBTA/Rail Trail – Draft of revised proposal of bridge crossing provided to DPW for review and comments
Sherburn Circle and Tyler Road – Gas Main work completed. Chiltern Road – Gas Main work completed Bittersweet Lane – Gas Main work completed Hickory Road – Gas Main work completed
- Old Colony Road / Ferndale Road / Columbine Road / Dean Road – Gas main replacement ongoing. Anticipate a couple months to complete, approximately end of November;
- Winter Street (Brown to MassPike) – proposed hearing will be required with Select Board and pavement restoration needed curb to curb.
- Wellesley Street (649 to Sylvan Lane) – Approved at the Select Board in June 2021. Permit submitted
Myles Standish Road - gas main and service work completed Plymouth Road – gas main and service work completed
- Hancock Road and Bradford Road - Gas main replacement ongoing. Anticipate a couple months to complete, approximately end of October for Bradford Road and then crew going to Hancock Road and anticipate mid-December to complete;
420 - 428 North Avenue – Pavement Restoration work anticipated June 2021 Briar Lane - completed 292-352 Winter Street - outstanding work to be completed
- Black Oak Road and Nobscot Road – NGrid submitted road opening permit and a field walk is required prior to start of work;
- Oxbow Road – NGrid Plans submitted and permit being reviewed.
MassDOT has lowered the bridge carrying capacity of the bridge from 6 tons to 3 tons
due to deficient superstructure elements. Note this was a new development as of June 11th
and the Town was in dialogue with MassDOT concerning options to increase the carrying capacity of said bridge in the short term and what are the long term options for this structurally deficient bridge. Short term solution (shoring installed)…..Town is awaiting MassDOT’s structures group to increase the carrying capacity of the bridge with replacement posting signs. Eversource Utility Pole and Infrastructure Upgrades on 117/North Ave & Winter Street (from Natick Town line to just north of Bogle Street)
The project goal is to gain system improvements for customers along this power grid. It is ongoing and is expected to be completed in 12 to 15 weeks which puts the project into the beginning of June (note that the Town is awaiting an update schedule from Eversource on status of their work). The overhead lines and the pole removals will follow.
All of the utility poles in this section will be replaced (72) and reconductored for system improvements. Tree pruning is completed. Eversource will be in contact with impacted customers as the project advances.
The DPW Director has asked for an update on Eversource completion schedule for their work as well as others (i.e. who is next on the overhead wire transfer), tree planting in Fall of 2021, etc. Eversource indicated that they will remobilize to North Avenue in September 2021 which has not yet happened. Latest update is that they will be having a crew working on this project 2-4 times per week depending on their work load. DPW Director has scheduled a meeting on November 29th
which was pushed to November 5th
due to the storm to further discuss activities remaining and estimated schedule.
Ongoing DPW Projects & Consultant Work
Drainage and Culvert
State TIP (
- Southside Drainage – Phase III – design and permitting work ongoing. Neighborhood meeting occurred with one (1) participant. NOI filed with the ConCom and hearing continued for a couple of weeks;
Newton Street Drainage (by church and Doublet Hill Area) – Work ongoing. Anticipate drainage work through week of August 23rd and then cleanup;
- 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 Select Board and the Conservation Commission
Overseeing consultant work on)
- Proposed Route 30 Roadway Reconstruction TIP Project (roadway, sidewalk, drainage improvements, intersection improvements, etc.) - approval of 25% plan submission was approved by the Board at a September 24, 2020 meeting. Formal 25% Submission to MassDOT October 2020. Anticipate MassDOT/Consultant Comment Review meeting occurring end of April / beginning of May. Project info at weston.org;
- Proposed Route 20 Intersection Improvement TIP Project - (signal at Boston Post Road/Wellesley Street/Boston Post Road By-Pass) - 25% Plans submitted to MassDOT on March 16, 2020. Anticipate hearing about a MassDOT Pubic Hearing will be scheduled. Project info at weston.org;
Ash Street Sidewalk Project – Failed to pass at Town Meeting.
- 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 Avenue sidewalk project has been shelved due to varying opinions on the design of the sidewalk and placement
Wellesley Street (from Chestnut Street to Route 30) – Work is substantially completed with exception of landscape work and cleanup which is scheduled the week of October 18th .
- Highland Street – Rehabilitation project including the addition of two crosswalks at Highland Meadows. Remaining work this construction season is loaming and seeding and final cleanup. The crosswalks will not be constructed until there is a signoff on the approved plans. The ADA ramps were built on the sidewalk side of Highland Street. There is still outstanding loaming and seeding to occur.
- Wireless Meter Reading - See Weston.org/WaterMeters for more project information.
- Resident Notices for Meter Upgrades: June 18th. First letters send out to Cycle #1 (north section of town);
- GPS coordinates collected on all current infrastructure installations;
- Three remaining Collector Antenna sites prepped for installations – work completed;
- Meter Upgrades at DPW completed and operating on new system – Approximately 35% operational (1257 customers).
- Paines Hill Tank Replacement Design – Consultant contract not executing pending review of land and zoning issue with Town Counsel and Working Group set up by the Town Manager and Select Board to review land and zoning issues.
Longmeadow Water Main Replacement – Working substantially completed the week of August 16th.
- Brook Road / Valley View Water Main Replacement – Project ongoing. We anticipate being completed by end of November 2021.
- Currently reviewing 18 Stormwater Permits;
- Approved 36 projects currently under construction;
- MS4 Stormwater Permit Annual Report –
Catch basin cleaning: Completed for this season;
- Meeting with MS4 consultant to discuss MS4 Phosphorus Control Plan (PCP) and additional updates;
- Year 3 MS4 Annual Report was submitted to the EPA and the MassDEP.
- 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.;
- Engineering Drainage Designs Ongoing / Construction Bid Documents advertised:
Hallett Hill at Merriam Street – Hallet Hill Road drainage completed and construction ongoing on Merriam Street; Newton Street – construction substantially completed;
- Kings Grant Road – Construction planned for 2021 and anticipated to be the next stop for the drainage contractor;
- Pinecroft at Conant Road – The project is ready for construction but it is looking like next Spring will be the startup;
- Rolling Lane – Final drainage design and plan preparation in progress;
- 520 Glen Road – Conservation approved the Order of Conditions; Easement plan being prepared for construction and for maintenance of drainage.
- Completed approximately 81 DigSafes;
- Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
- Conducted 2 final read(s);
- Continued to upgrade meters and work on water billing;
- Began reading meters by hand as we await the water billing to go out with credits from last cycle;
- Began shutting off summer services including in the Town Center
- Installed 2 new large meters and valves and turned on water services
- Assisted the Fire Department with the generator at Paines Hill Tank
- Inspected 0 new water service;
- Responded to 0 low (no water call) pressure call(s);
- Responded to 0 water quality call(s);
Park and Cemetery Division
- 2 cremation interments;
- 1 grave dug with casket interments;
- Set 0 flush markers;
- Dug and poured foundations for 0 monument(s);
- Mowed Linwood Cemetery, Town Center, Town Hall, and Lamsom Park;
- Leaf cleanup at Town Hall, Town Center, Lamsom Park, and Linwood Cemetery;
- Washed trucks and serviced equipment.
Solid Waste and Recycling Division
- Processed 1 - 100-yard solid waste dumpster(s) totaling 14.06 tons;
- Picked up municipal office recycling – 320 lbs;
- Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 840 lbs.;
- Processed 1 cardboard container – 4.33 tons;
- Processed 0 glass container – 0 tons;
- Processed 0 container of plastic – 0 tons;
- Processed 0 bulky plastic container – 0 lbs;
- Processed 0 newspaper container – 0 tons;
- Ran 1 shuttles for grass/leaves – 7.44 tons;
- Ran 1 shuttles for brush /logs – 4.49 tons;
- Processed 0 metal container – 0 tons;
- Process 1 container of scrap wood – 2.36 tons;
- Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 1640 lbs;
- Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 700 lbs;
- Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 0 tons;
- Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 0 lbs;
- Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 0 tons;
- Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 0 lbs;
- Processed pickup of medical sharps – 0 lbs;
- Processed pickup of light bulbs – 0 lbs;
- Assisted with the pick-up of propane tanks – 0 tanks (0 lbs);
- Pickup auto batteries and wire recycling – 0 lbs;
- Swap Shed open on a volunteer basis;
- Cleaned the trailer pit as needed;
- Pick up litter and cleaned up around the site as needed;
- Packed containers as needed to maximize loads;
- Disinfected Solid Waste and Recycling areas daily;
- Seasonal cleanup around the Transfer Station;
- Food Composting – 2220 lbs.
- BULKY WASTE COLLECTION CHANGES started May 1st – See WestonMA.gov/BulkyWaste for details
- Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) - October 2021
- Merriam Street Brush Dump open Saturdays October 16th-November 6th 7:00AM to 3:00PM
Outside of Division:
- COVID-19: Personnel and Equipment SOPs;
- Respond to Misc. calls for Service – 20;
- Traffic Detours Setup & Removals: 10/25, 27, 28, 29;
- Inspect Roadway/Driveway Conditions: None;
- Employee In/Out of House Training: None;
- Cooks Pond Pump Station (drainage): Pump operating normally, 10/29;
- DIGSafe Markouts & Permits Requested: None;
- Message Board: Highland Street at Lookout;
- Deer Removal / Dead Animal Removal: 10/25 Deer;
- Cleaning and Servicing Equipment: As needed;
- Assist Water Division: None;
- Assist Park/Cemetery/Transfer Station Division: None;
- Assist Fleet Maintenance: None;
- Assist Engineering: None;
- Assist Police Department: None;
- Assist Fire Department – None;
- Assist Town Center Contractor – None;
- Assist Tree Contractor with Removals – None;
- Assist Paving Contractor (Lazaro) – None;
- Assist Hydroseeding Contractor: None;
- Assist Loaming Crew: None;
- Assist with/or Applying Pavement Markings: None;
- Assist Drainage & Video /Jet Cleaning Contractor: 10/25-26;
- Assist Grounds/Facilities: None;
- Assist Conservation Commission – None;
- Assist Recreation Department – None;
- Assist MassDOT: None;
Assist VMP Contractor: None – completed this season;
Assist Crack Sealing Contractor: None.
- Inspect Roadway Conditions: Various locations;
- Screen and Remove waste gravel material from Upper Yard;
- Sign and Mailbox Repairs and Installations and fence repairs: Various locations & new Love Lane turning restriction signs;
- Assist Stormwater Division – Clean & Clear Catch basins and waterways;
- Pavement Markings (temp) applied and/or removed: None;
- Remove debris from roadway: Tree debris 10/26-27;
- Skin Overlay: None;
- Pothole Patching and Trench Patching: Pothole patching 10/29;
- Wall Inspections and/or Repairs: None;
- Sidewalk & Island Leaf Cleanup: None;
- Sidewalk Sweeping: None;
- Repair Shoulder Erosion and/or Surface Degradation: None
- Mowing and trimming Islands and Grass Strips: None;
- Flail Mowing: None;
- Inspect Tree Locations: 10/27-28;
- Tree and/or Branch Removals and Debris Cleanup: 10/26-28;
- Tree Canopy Raising and Trimming: None;
- Cleanup Stump Grindings, backfill with Loam and grade: None;
- Loam and Seed: Loam 10/25, 10/27, 10/28, 10/29 Newton Street;
- Drain Line/Pipe Repairs: None;
- DMH/CB Inspections & Roadway ID Markings: 10/25-26 North section;
- Assist Highway Division: Downed tree cleanup;
- Street Sweeping: None;
- Check and Clear Waterways: 10/26-28;
- Respond flooding calls: 10/26;
- Jet Cleaning Drainage (DPW): None;
- Catch Basin Inspection, DMH rebuild: None;
- Install/remove Erosion Controls: None.
- Sand Barrels: None;
- Yard Loader for Material Storage: None;
- Deicing Operations: None;
- General Plowing: None;
- Sidewalk Plowing: None;
- Install and Prep Plow and/or Deicing Equipment: None;
- Remove Plows: None;
- Snow Removal: None.
Vehicle Maintenance Division
- Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on
- 11 school buses
- 4 police vehicle
- 8 DPW trucks and other equipment
- 1 recreation vehicle
- 0 school grounds vehicles
noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 131 pieces of rolling stock for the Town;
- Performed 2 major repair(s) on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity: W-2 spot lights, 1124 engine light;
- Fuel island, weekly inspection performed;
- Fuel tanks (0) gallons gasoline delivered; (0) diesel delivered;
- Facility tanks (0) gallons pumped, waste oil (0) gallons, Waste antifreeze (0) gallons; tight tanks (1700);
- Inspections: None;
- Road Call: Bus 17, W-2;
- Recalls: None;
- Division Project: None;
- Wash Bay Maintenance: None;
- Performed 0 repairs on sanders and plows: None
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