DPW Building

November 6 - 11, 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:

pavement markings

Administration/Engineering Division

Paving and Roadwork

  • North Avenue Roadway Resurfacing Work – Still working through the final pavement markings and grinding work schedule with the Town’s pavement marking contractor.  We are hopeful that work will be completed by the end the week of November 13th; 
  • Viles Street – Outstanding driveway apron work completed November 9th.  Final landscaping and cleanup work is anticipated for the week of November 13th; 
  • Locust Street and Merriam Street (Concord Road to Sunset Road) – Driveway apron work completed November 9th.  Final landscaping and cleanup work anticipated for the week of November 13th.  Pavement markings scheduled for the week of November 13th; 
  • Fairview / Montvale roads and Newton Street - drainage design work has begun and must be completed prior to a roadway reconstruction;
  • DPW continues to work on drainage designs and obtaining necessary easements before roadway work can be planned on Newton Street

State/Utility Project Work

  • Route 30 (South Avenue) and Wellesley Street Signal Improvement Project - sign installations, final landscaping, and final cleanup including the removal of work trailers, is anticipated to occur over the next several weeks. MassDOT and its contractor will provide the schedule to complete;
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects:
    • Summer Street - gas main replacement work is ongoing with an anticipated completion by Thanksgiving. There was an issue scheduling the final service conversion;  
    • Church Street at/about Pigeon Hill Road - project currently on hold;  
    • Wellesley Street including Bass Pond Road (Rockport Road to town line) - is ongoing;
    • Conant Road / Colchester Road - gas main replacements ongoing;
    • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Cliff Road intersection plus or minus) - gas main replacement anticipated to start after Wellesley Street is complete.  Possibly more to come on Glen Road schedule depending on weather
  • Coordinating 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), etc.
  • Continuing to coordinate with Eversource relating to the proposed rail and gravel work within the abandoned railway bed (Rail Trail Project).  It is anticipated that work in Weston will begin the week of November 27th

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project - ongoing with Engineering for generator move and final landscaping and screening currently underway.  Town Engineer will conduct an outreach prior to advertising work is completed and is working on obtaining necessary easement;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project - Re-advertised bids opened and Engineering is evaluating bids;
  • 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.  Town Engineer working on securing necessary easements;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - the project is anticipated to be re-advertised in fall;
  • The Town Center Improvement Project - trying to move forward with design decisions as it relates to burying utilities from the Town Center Planning Committee, the consultant, and the various utility companies. Town checks were issued to Eversource and Verizon for the undergrounding design work

Consultant Work

  • Overseeing consultants’ work on several sidewalk design projects – Latest plans available for viewing online. 
    • Warren Avenue Sidewalk Project - DPW has reached out to impacted abutter of the project from whom an easement is required;
    • Merriam Street Sidewalk Project - several easement issues remain and the project has gone before the Conservation Commission and Planning Board.  Several site walks have taken place;
    • Ash Street Sidewalk Concept - overseeing consultants’ work on concept designs. Quotes from consultant firms for final design and permitting received.  Funding needed;
  • 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.  Submitted project for consideration 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 roads area).  Continue to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street.  Continued to work on design at Fairview and Montvale roads area;
  • Overseeing consultant concept / design work for Town Center Improvement Project.  Preliminary Plans submitted for review and comment.  DPW has provided preliminary review comments but is awaiting Town Center Planning Committee comments, as well.  The portion of the design contract for burying the utilities is being prepared by the consultant;
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading, meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700); 
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement, which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts.  Town won a $37,000 grant to review the sizing of the culverts in this area.  State contracts were signed last week and the required paperwork for the state was completed.  Anticipate a field meeting with state personnel week of November 13th


  • Currently reviewing 6 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 61 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection


  • Continue to field a number of complaints regarding high water bills, construction activities in Town, roadway reconstructions, etc.
  • Preparing FY2019 DPW Operating Budget
water meter reading

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 51 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 2 final reads;
  • Continue to read water meters cycle one;
  • Shut off all summer services;
  • Worked with the Wellesley Water Division to close interconnections between Weston and Wellesley;
  • Fixed water main break on Westgate Road;
  • Responded to high water bill complaints;
  • Responded to 0 low-pressure calls;
  • Responded to 0 dirty water call
planting bulbs

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 0 cremation interments;
  • 1 grave dug with casket interment;
  • Installed 0 foot markers;
  • Winterized the outdoor watering systems at Linwood Cemetery, DPW Building, and Community Gardens;
  • Cut, trimmed and cleaned in Linwood Cemetery;
  • Removed the garden hoses from Linwood Cemetery and stored them for the winter;
  • Assisted the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe as necessary;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Assisted the Weston Garden Club with the planting of 250 bulbs next to the sidewalk on the Town Green;
  • Coordinating efforts to get Central Cemetery gate repaired
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 2, 100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 42.17 tons;
  • Picked up municipal building recycling – 1,220 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 1,080 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 3.45 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 4.51 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 0 tons;
  • Ran 3 shuttles for grass/leaves – 20.02 tons;
  • Ran 2 shuttles for brush /logs – 11.27 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 3.70 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 580 lbs;
  • 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; 
  • Processed 1 pickup of light bulbs – 0 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Monitored and assisted residents at the Brush Dump – 76 vehicles;
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit as needed
leaf sweep

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Roadside mowing:  none;
  • Hot patching potholes: Concord Road, Spring Lane, Pembroke Road, etc.;
  • Mowing islands and grass strips:  none;
  • Small equipment repairs: 2, 16” chain saws;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadways:  Concord Road and Wellesley Street;
  • Pickup, chip, cleanup & transport storm debris:  3 days, town-wide;
  • Pickup deer removals:  Old North Road and Wellesley Street
  • Work with Eversource tree contractor:  storm tree removals on/in wires – Ash Street, Pine Street, Highland Street, and Conant Road;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: Center Street, Davenport and Chestnut;
  • Catch basin / sinkhole repairs:  North Avenue, Lexington Street, Ridgeway Road, Baystate at Spruce Hill, Winthrop Circle;
  • Prep. catch basins for repairs:  none;
  • Pave basins of the week:  none;
  • Check and clear basin/waterways:  jetted 2 partially blocked culverts on Lexington Street noting subject to further cleaning by Mass Mosquito Control;
  • Skin overlay/grindings:  none;
  • Repair sidewalk pavement deficiencies:  none;
  • Sweeping:  none;
  • DPW yard maintenance:  none;
  • Cleanup and reorganize brush dump:  none;
  • Loam and seed roadway shoulders:  none;
  • Oversee contractor for paving:  Final driveway apron paving on Merriam Street, Locust Road, Viles Street, Church Street, and Hobbs Brook Road;
  • Cut driveway pavement keys:  Viles Street, Merriam Street, and Locust Road;
  • Start roadside/sidewalk leaf pickup:  Webster Road, Church Street, Linwood Cemetery
  • Oversee tree removal contractor:  none;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  Woodridge Circle, South Avenue, DiBenedetto Road, Rockport Road, Granison, Boston Post Road, Colonial Way;
  • Guardrail maintenance:  none;
  • Transport metal waste to Transfer Station;
  • Assist Water Division with water main break repairs: Westgate Road;
  • Setup roadway detours:  Wellesley Street;
  • Oversee traffic markings contractor:  North Avenue, Viles Street, etc.;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal, etc.

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 14 school buses, 4 police vehicles, 11 DPW trucks and other equipment, 0 recreation vehicles, and 0 school grounds vehicles;
  • Performed 1 major repair on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  Bus  No. 25 fuel issue;
  • Performed 0 repairs on sanders/plows;
  • Did NOT assist Highway Division with sanding and/or plowing operations this week

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