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May 5 - May 11, 2019

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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2019 Roadway Reconstruction Program

(Round 1)

  • Cherry Brook Road and Pollywog Lane have been reclaimed and binder installation is scheduled for the week of May 13th, followed by structure adjustments (raising), driveway apron work, final paving work, loaming and seeding;

(Round 2)

  • Sylvan Road, Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Shady Hill Road) - Timing of completing other portions of project will then dictate remaining schedule;
  • Gail Road -  National Grid needs to complete tie-in from old gas main to new gas main installed last June, which is anticipated to occur May 16th; 
  • Pembroke Road - National Grid needs to replace existing gas main prior to roadway work;  
  • Intersection of Wellesley Street and School Street and a portion of Newton Street planned this summer after school lets out; 
  • Rubber chip sealing on Cliff Road and Brown Street is anticipated to occur mid-July;
  • Pigeon Hill Road, Hill Top Road, and Old Road will be reconstructed after the Conant Road Underpass project is completed as Pigeon Hill Road is the detour for that project;
  • Merriam Street (water gates, drainage work (construction), drainage work (design), sidewalk work (design), and the Merriam Street Culvert Replacement 

Additional Road Work Not Affiliated with Roadway Program

  • See updates in "State/Utility Project Work" for projects impacting roadways:
    • Conant Road closure and detour
    • National Grid gas main work
  • See updates in "Ongoing DPW Projects" for drainage work at:
    • Newton Street
    • Loring Road
    • Merriam Street/ Cherry Brook Road / Bemis Street
  • See updates in "Consultant Work" for larger projects at:
    • Rt. 20 and Rt. 30 TIP projects
    • Concord Road/ Church Street parking at spurs
    • Ash Street sidewalk
    • Town Center Improvement Project
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State/Utility Project Work

  • 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.;
  • Continuing to coordinate with Eversource and MassDCR on the Rail Trail Project:  
    • Punchlist items are anticipated to be finished the spring with the next phase of construction; 
    • Conant Road Closure and Underpass Construction. Temporary gas main work schedules for May 15-16 and fabrication of precast underpass will be completed and then installed early to mid June - Conant Road closure and detour anticipated during the time to install the new underpass;
    • Concord Road Spur Parking Spaces and Church Street Spur Parking Spaces – Contract executed.  Shop drawings being submitted and reviewed.  Tailgate meeting scheduled for May 17th to review status of all the above;
    • DPW and DCR is attempting to coordinate with MassDOT to address concrete spall and graffiti issues for Concord Road and Church Street bridges over the rail trail.  See specific updates below.
  • DPW met with National Grid Representatives the week of January 21 to review 2019 construction season. NGrid to supply DPW with updated work schedule. NGrid’s gas relay projects proposed for construction during the 2019 Construction Season:
    • Newton Street - work is ongoing
    • Gail Road - work anticipated to be completed May 16
    • Pembroke Road - work will start after Gail Road completed 
    • Sherburn Circle, Wellesley Street (669-654), and Concord Road (1-81) - schedule is unknown 
  • National Grid has submitted several permits for repairing long-standing gas leak locations. These are currently under review and are anticipated to begin work in April
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Ongoing DPW Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station – work continues with electrical and gas; 
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the Southside Drainage Project - Pre-bid scheduled for May 16;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - Electrical work with work started and completed over the next several weeks, then plumbing work, then SCADA work, then calibration of system;
  • Cemetery Restoration Phase II - headstone rehabilitation contract ongoing;
  • Newton Street Drainage - First piece of drainage work by Land Sake is under construction – Trench paving work outstanding for Phase I.  A couple of structures will be installed after NGrid moves its old gas main once the new gas main is live.  Town Engineer is working with several properties owners and others to secure easement rights for Phase II and Phase III drainage work; 
  • Loring Road Drainage work (by #83) - No work completed this period;
  • Merriam Street Drainage work (at/about Westland Road) – Pre-construction meeting with contractor held on April 26.  Message boards set up week of April 29 with anticipated work between Cherry Brook Road and Bemis Road anticipated to start the week of the May 13 +/-
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Consultant Work Managed by DPW

  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 30 Roadway Reconstruction TIP Project - roadway, sidewalk, drainage improvements, intersection improvements, etc.  Work has begun on the Functional Design Report (a MassDOT required submission). Consultant met with Traffic and Sidewalk Committee during the February meeting to discuss direction. Planning on meeting with MassDOT D-6 Office on April 12th to discuss progress. Neighborhood outreach by Traffic & Sidewalk Committee anticipated to occur for their meeting on May 29th. Project info at weston.org;
  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 20 Intersection Improvement TIP Project - (signal at Boston Post Road/Wellesley Street/Boston Post Road By-Pass) - intersection improvements, etc. Work has begun on the Function Design Report (a MassDOT required submission).Consultant/Town Engineer met with Traffic and Sidewalk Committee during April meeting to discuss direction of design and then setup a MassDOT D-6 meetingProject info at weston.org;
  • Overseeing consultant design and preparation of specifications for Proposed Concord Road Spurs and Church Street Spur Rail Trail Parking Areas - Installing erosion controls and tree protection.  Shop drawing submittals and reviews ongoing; 
  • Overseeing several sidewalk design projects -  (Merriam Street and 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 Ave on hold;
  • Overseeing consultant design work for drainage work for construction season 2016 (Newton Street and Merriam Street) - Continue to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street.  First piece of drainage work by Land Sake is nearing completion – see above for Phase I update;  
  • Overseeing consultant concept/design work for the Town Center Improvement Project -  Awaiting to award contract.  Contractor already submitting shop drawings. Project info and plans can be found at   weston.org/TownCenter;
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading - meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700). AMI and meter purchase contracts secured.  AMI installation bids opened;  Installation of Collector Sites (tank locations and Wellesley Street), installation of meters and radios over the next several months, and then activation of the system; 
  • 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 Board of Selectmen and the Conservation Commission;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Ash Street Sidewalk Project - Design ongoing.  Consultant to presented progress prints to Traffic and Sidewalk Committee, but drainage, length of crosswalk and curbing issues/comments from DPW Director need to be resolved.  Town Engineer has outreached to MWRA about secure rights / easements to address previously mentioned concerns;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Water Distribution Master Plan.  Received draft report and will be holding an update meeting the week of May 13. Once report is finalized, will try and arrange a meeting through the Town Manager with the Board of Selectmen to discuss the next steps;
  • Overseeing consultant design and preparation of specification for Cemetery Tomb Restoration.  Draft plans provided and comments provided back to consultant
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  • Currently reviewing 12 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 61 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection; 
  • Board of Selectmen signed temporary regulation and returned to MassDOT for final approval to set up a temporary special speed zone on School Street between Brook School Apartments and Wellesley Street. Next action item is to get approval from RMV as MassDOT forwarded to RMV for inclusion; 
  • Traffic Engineering Consultant Services - two assignments issued; 
  • 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.;
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Water Division

  • Completed approximately 59 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 3 final reads;
  • Repaired 1 broken water service shutoff;
  • Shut off 1 water service at curb for demolition;
  • Moved 1 water shutoff off the edge of the roadway prior to roadway resurfacing;
  • Continue to read meters;
  • Continue hydrant flushing program;
  • Attended the MassDEP Water System Awards which the DPW’s Water Division won an award; 
  • Responded to 1 low pressure call
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • 2 graves dug with casket interments;
  • Prepared flower and shrub beds in Linwood Cemetery and other park and cemetery locations for flowers and mulch;
  • Watered all the trees planted for Arbor Day;
  • Turned on the water faucets in Linwood Cemetery
  • Finished spring cleanups in Linwood Cemetery and other parks and cemetery locations;
  • Continued updating the cemetery spreadsheets for interments and lot owners
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpster totaling 26.64 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 1,340 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 1,660 lbs. (60 lbs for Town Cleanup);
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 6.44 tons;
  • Processed 1 container of plastic – 4.58 tons
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 14.45 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 1,120 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 1,560 lbs;
  • Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 80 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleaned the trailer pit as needed;
  • Pick up litter and cleaned up around the site as needed;
  • Cut and trimmed the grass around the property;
  • Prepared the flower /shrub beds for mulch
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Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • Hot patching potholes: twice during the week at various locations;
  • Skin Overlay degraded roadway surfaces:  Newton Street, Buckskin, South Avenue;
  • Respond to Misc. calls for service:  13;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs:  Chestnut, Highland Street and Kendal CommonRiverside Road;
  • Set up Detour for:  Route 20 at Summer Street (traffic accident); Cherrybrook Road and Pollywog Lane;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action: Concord Road, Summer Street, Chiltern Road;
  • Sidewalk Maintenance / Sweeping:  Conant Road, Lexington, Concord, Merriam, Wellesley, South Avenue;
  • Street Sweeping:  Completed spring sweeping for whole town;
  • Inspect and/or as necessary all mailbox call locations: Kendal Common;
  • Repair/Clean/Inspect drain manhole / catch basin:  Pembroke Street, Park at Orchard, Kendal Common, Deerpath at Highland;
  • Respond to Flooding calls: Rockport Road, Ridgeway Road;
  • Stormwater Conditions –  Colchester, Sears at Conant;
  • Pave Basins:  Pembroke, Deerpath, Park, Kendal Common;
  • Fixed washouts / repair roadside washouts:  Newton Street;
  • Check and Clear waterways:  Summer Street, South Avenue, School Street, Rockport Road, and Division list;
  • Prep. small winter equipment for storage, service mowers, trimmer, blowers, trailers for season service;
  • Clean and service equipment:  1 time;
  • DIGSafe Markouts:  Park Road, Cherry Brook, Deer Path, Pembroke, Chestnut;
  • Clean and organize material storage area;
  • Cooks Pond Pump Station:  1x restart after power outage;
  • Relieve Drain Blockage: Rockport Road;
  • Cleanup and Organize Brush Dump;
  • Assist Paving Contractor:  Cherry Brook Road and Pollywog Lane;
  • Repair Shoulder Erosion:  Hubbard and Bay State
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Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 15 school buses, 1 police vehicle, & 4 DPW trucks and other equipment, noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 122 pieces of rolling stock for the Town;
  • Performed 1 major repair on vehicle with Major/Significant maintenance activity: Bus inspections;

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