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September 11 - 16, 2017

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:


Administration/Engineering Division

Paving and Roadwork

  • North Avenue Roadway Resurfacing Work – Additional pavement markings work required at the Lexington Street intersection.  Final pavement markings work in summer 2017.  Remaining work will include seeding (partially completed this week) and final cleanup in the spring/summer 2017; 
  • Viles Street – Installed binder course on roadway and driveway aprons, installed berm at designated locations, and raised structures in anticipation of final pavement installation the week of September 18th (weather dependent); 
  • Locust Street and Merriam Street (Concord Road to Sunset Road) – Anticipate starting work on these two roadways once National Grid has completed its work on Merriam Street, which is anticipated the week of September 18th; 
  • Fairview / Montvale drainage design work has begun and must be completed prior to a roadway reconstruction.  
  • Work continues on drainage designs and obtaining necessary easements before roadway work can be planned on Newton Street

State/Utility Project Work

  • Route 20 Milling and Resurfacing Project – MassDOT has been made aware of some puddle issues.  MassDOT has set the schedule for the start of the milling and overlay work on Route 20 (from School Street to I-95 Interchange) to begin on September 17th (night work).  Anticipating all work to take approximately 10 working days;
  • Route 30 (South Avenue) and Wellesley Street Signal Improvement Project -Pavement markings to be installed September 16th and 17th (night work), then sign installations, final landscaping, and final cleanup will follow. 
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects:
    • Merriam Street is underway with anticipated completion at the end of September; 
    • Summer Street work is ongoing with anticipated completion October;  
    • National Grid is also planning work on Church Street at/about Pigeon Hill Road, Winter Street (South Avenue to Brown Street) which started September 15th, and Wellesley Street (Rockport Road to Bogel Street)

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project – Engineering for generator move and final landscaping and screening is underway.  Town Engineer will conduct an outreach prior to advertising the work that needs to be completed;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project.  The project is anticiapted to be re-advertised in the fall;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the Southside Drainage Project.  Attempting to secure the necessary easements for Phase 2 of the project. Once completed, the permitting will be conducted with construction anticipated for spring 2018;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project.  The project is anticiapted to be re-advertised in the fall;

Consultant Work

  • Overseeing consultants’ work on several sidewalk design projects – Latest plans available for viewing online.  
    • Warren Avenue Sidewalk - DPW has reached out to the impacted abutter of the project from whom an easement is required
    • Merriam Street Sidewalk - several easement issues remain and the project has gone before the Conservation Commission and Planning Board.  Several site walks have taken place;
    • Ash Street concept - overseeing consultants’ work on concept sidewalk plan. Outreach by the Traffic & Sidewalk Committee conducted;
  • Overseeing consultant’s work on the modification of the Boston Post Road / Wellesley Street intersection study and the Boston Post Road / School Street intersection study.  Anticipate submitting project to the State as a TIP project;
  • Overseeing consultant design work for drainage work for construction season 2016 (Newton Street, Merriam Street, and Fairview/Montvale  Road area).  Continue to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street.  Continued to work on design at Fairview and Montvale Road area;
  • Overseeing consultant concept / design work for Town Center Project.  Preliminary Plans submitted for review and comment.  DPW has provided preliminary review comments and is awaiting committee comments.  The portion of the design contract for burying utilities is being prepared by the consultant.


  • Currently reviewing 7 Stormwater Permits;
  • Issued 66 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection.

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 51 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 5 final reads;
  • Changed out 2 meters in one-meter pit;
  • Raised water service shutoffs on Viles Street;
  • Inspected all raised gate box covers on Viles Street;
  • Inspected 1 new water service;
  • Responded to 0 low-pressure calls;
  • Responded to 0 dirty water calls
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • 0 cremation interment;
  • 1 grave dug with casket interment;
  • Cut and trimmed the grass around Library;
  • Trimmed and pruned area on Newton Street at South Street;
  • Dug and poured 2 monument foundations in Linwood Cemetery;
  • Assisted the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe, as necessary;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Watered “new” town trees on the watering list
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 2, 100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 40.93 tons;
  • Picked up municipal building recycling – 1,240 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 1,200 lbs.;
  • Processed cardboard container – 7.28 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 2.08 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 0 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 7.30 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 4.23 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 0 tons;
  • Donations, various – 2.91 tons (assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books, and bikes);
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 0 tons;
  • Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 0 tons;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 0 lbs;
  • Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 0 lbs;
  • Processed pickup of medical sharps – 0 lbs; 
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Trimmed grass along the outside of the fence around the solar panels;
  • Installed new pump in the trailer pit and pumped the trailer pit as needed
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Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Roadside mowing - Ash Street, Montvale, Pigeon Hill Road, Fairview Road, Pinecroft Road, Wellesley Street (Route 20 at School Street), and Oak Street;
  • Hot patching potholes - Hancock, Webster Road at Gypsy Trail, South Avenue, and miscellaneous roads from the Division's list;
  • Mowing islands and grass strips -  All sections;
  • Oversee binder pavement installation - Viles Street;
  • Oversee berm installation - Viles Street;
  • Measured and set drainage and grade locations -  Viles Street;
  • Layout and mark berm and centerline areas -  Viles Street;
  • Oversee structure raising and replacement - Viles Street;
  • Remove culvert repair form, fill and grade to spec -  Viles Street:
  • Remove cinder blocks, replace with larger stones -  Drabbington Way island;
  • Small equipment repairs - brush cutter, compactor, and road saw;
  • Roadside loam and seed outstanding roadway construction areas - North Avenue;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadways - locations along Church Street, Summer Street, and Country Drive;
  • Traffic detours, signage and maintenance repairs - Viles Street, Sunset Road, Drabbington Way, Brown Street, and Route 20 (MVA);
  • Catch basin repairs - none;
  • Prepare catch basins for repairs - Woodland, Hillcrest, Kings Grant, Indian Hill, Glen Road, etc.;
  • Pave basins of the week - none;
  • Oversaw initial vegetative spraying from newly instituted Vegetation Management Program - Church Street, Wellesley Street, Ash Street, South Avenue, Brown Street, and Winter Street (per map);
  • Repair trench - none;
  • Meet with residents regarding brush (public) and road conditions (private) letters;
  • Skin overlay - none;
  • Clear flooded basins -  Boston Post Road and School Street;
  • Cut and prepare sidewalk for repairs (Double poles) - Winter Street;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service - roadside litter, low tree branches, objects in roadway, etc.

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 13 school buses, 0 police vehicles, 12 DPW trucks and other equipment, 0 recreation vehicle, and 0 school grounds vehicles;
  • Performed 3 major repair(s) on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity -  Bus radiators on Nos. 25, 23, and 11;
  • Performed 0 repairs on sanders/plows. 

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