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February 11 - 17, 2018

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:

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Administration/Engineering Division

Paving and Roadwork

  • Newton Street drainage design work nearing completion and construction work will take place before roadway reconstruction, which is anticipated for next spring / summer;  
  • DPW continues to work on drainage designs and obtaining necessary easements before roadway work can be planned on Newton Street
Progress Made
  • Fairview / Montvale roads drainage design work complete

State/Utility Project Work

  • Route 30 (South Avenue) and Wellesley Street Signal Improvement Project - final landscaping and final cleanup outstanding.  MassDOT and its contractor are non-committal with schedule to complete;
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects -
    • Church Street at/about Pigeon Hill Road - project currently on hold;
    • Wellesley Street, including Bass Pond Road (Rockport Road to town line) – National Grid is working on remaining services;
    • Conant Road / Colchester Road – National Grid is working remaining services;  
    • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Cliff Road intersection plus or minus) - gas main replacement is anticipated to start after the Wellesley Street project is complete, which has been deferred to 2018 construction season;
  • 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.

New Project
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects proposed for construction during the 2018 Construction Season – Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Oak Street), Gail Road, Pembroke Road, Sherburn Circle, continuation of Wellesley Street (699-654), Newton Street, and Concord Road (1-81)

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project – Town Engineer  is working on the easement document and is working with Eversource and property owner to address some/all pole concerns; 
  • 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 continues to work on securing necessary easements. Conservation Commission meeting upon receipt of all Phase II easement will be next action item;
Project Progress
  • Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project - Bid opening occurred on February 15th and Engineering is evaluating bids and checking references. Continuing to work with consultant; 
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - Bid opening occurred on February 8th. Town to award contract to low bidder;
  • FY 2018 Water Main Improvements (Columbine, Dean with Chiltern as add alternate).  Bid opening held on February 15th. Town to award contract to low bidder

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 from whom an easement is required; 
    • Merriam Street Sidewalk Project - several easement issues remain. Meetings with the Planning Board (January 31st) and Conservation Commission (January 23rd- continued).  Several site walks have taken place;
  • 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;  
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts.  Design ongoing. 

Progress Made
  • Design work completed for drainage work at Fairview and Montvale roads area.  Anticipated annual drainage contract bid opening scheduled for February 22, 2018;
  • Overseeing consultant concept / design work for Town Center Improvement Project - Consultant is awaiting design decisions from the Town Center Planning Committee on the intersection at Boston Post Rd/Church Street/School Street;  Preliminary Eversource meeting occurred on February 6th.  Follow-up meeting schedule within next 4 weeks.  Preliminary plans anticipated by the beginning of April 2018; 
  • Wireless Meter Reading, meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700). - worked with consultant on RFPs and four proposals were received.  Currently evaluating submittals and anticipate completing on/before February 16th 


  • Completed the in-house design for Water Main Replacements at Columbine and Dean roads.  Bid opening occurred and contract award is forthcoming;
  • Currently reviewing 11 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 51 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection
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Water Division

  • Completed approximately 33 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 1 final read;
  • Working on water billing;
  • Installed one large water meter;
  • Oversaw contractor install new water service;
  • Oversaw repair of water main break on at Jericho Road;
  • Assisted with sanding and plowing operations

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 1 grave dug with casket interments including frost removal;
  • Assisted the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe as necessary;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Assisted Solid Waste & Recycling Division with solid waste and recycling pick-up from Town Buildings;
  • Cleared leaves from Soldiers Park, Newton Street at South Avenue, and other areas where possible;
  • Assisted the Highway Division with plowing and sanding operations
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpster totaling 22.97 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 1,280 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town parks solid waste – 1,700 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 6.09 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 3.81 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 1,520 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit as needed;
  • Assisted with snow sanding or plowing operations

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Hot patching potholes: all sections;
  • Skin overlay at degraded roadway surfaces:  Ash Street, Concord Road, Summer Street, Warren Avenue, and Center Street;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: various;
  • Jet cleaned and pumped blocked drainage system:  Pinecroft Road at Conant Road;
  • Catch basin inspections:  Town wide in preparation for construction season;
  • Cleaned and serviced all deicing equipment and plows:  serviced and Prepared for weekend response if needed;
  • Responded to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal;
  • Inspected and/or as necessary all mailbox call locations:  all outstanding locations;
  • Spot sanding:  Schools, Bus Barn, Wellesley Street, and Public Buildings;
  • Serviced pumps;
  • General plowing (2/18/18) and sanding operation (2/17/18 & 2/18/18)

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 9 school buses, 3 police vehicles, 10 DPW trucks and other equipment, and 2 school grounds vehicles;
  • Performed 3 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  Serviced 2 sweepers in anticipation of annual Street Sweeping Program and EGR cooler Bus #20;
  • Assisted Highway Division with sanding operations and plowing operations

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