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June 9 - June 15, 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

  • Cherry Brook Road and Pollywog Lane - Outstanding Item is hydroseeding;
  • Sylvan Road (entire length) - Paving (binder course) week June 17;
  • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Shady Hill Road) - Paved binder course June 14;
  • Wellesley Street at School Street Intersection - Engineer to mark out curbline for the intersection work.  Installation of drainage structures and piping.  The reconstruction to follow;
  • Newton Street (from Wellesley Street to approximately #150 Newton) - National Grid needs to complete service shift from old gas main to new gas main (anticipate being completed end of the week of June 17).  Then old gas man needs to be deadened.  Sections of the old gas main needs to be removed to install the last couple of catch basins and then this section of roadway is ready for reconstruction;
  • Rubber Chip Seal Program:
    • Cliff Road - anticipate June 24 to start
    • Winter Street - anticipate June 24 to start
    • Bogel Street - National Grid needs to replace a section of the gas main at/about Winter Street which the DPW has been trying to get replaced for over 4 years.  Rubber Chip Seal work will not take place until this work is completed
  • Pigeon Hill Road – Anticipate this work will take place after the Conant Road Underpass Project is completed;
  • Hilltop Road – Anticipate this work will take place after the Conant Road Underpass Project is completed
  • Old Road – Anticipate this work will take place after the Conant Road Underpass Project is completed
  • Gail Road – Outstanding work needing completion prior to roadway reconstruction is the installation of drainage at Gail Road and Oak Street which requires coordination with the MWRA for rights to flow their land.  Engineering work on said rights and drainage construction;
  • Pembroke Road - National Grid needs to replace existing gas main prior to roadway work;
  • Merriam Street (Sunset Road to Silver Hill Road) – There are a lot of moving parts that need to be completed prior to the roadway reconstruction taking place, including:
    • complete roadway drainage work between Westland Road and house no. 189 +/-, Westland Road and house no. 217, and house no. 245 +/- to Hallet Hill Road;
    • Merriam Street Culvert Replacement over Cherry Brook;
    • Water gate replacements on Merriam Street at Cherry Brook Road (holding utility pole is required);
    • sidewalk (southerly section between Westland Road and Sunset Road which require easements) 

Town Center Improvement Project

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  • Test pits by the contractor are anticipated the week of June 10th/17th ;
  • Drainage work from Fiske Lane to Concord Road +/- is anticipated for the week of June 17th

Additional Road Work Not Affiliated with the Town's Roadway Program

  • See updates in "State/Utility Project Work" for projects impacting roadways:
    • Conant Road (rail trail) closure and detour
    • Concord Road/ Church Street parking at spurs (rail trail access)
    • National Grid gas main work
  • See updates in "Ongoing DPW Projects" for drainage work at:
    • Newton Street
    • Loring Road
    • Merriam Street
  • See updates in "Consultant Work" for larger projects at:
    • Rt. 20 and Rt. 30 TIP projects
    • Ash Street sidewalk
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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.;
  • Rail Trail Projects:  
    • Eversource and DCR Rail Trail Project – There are still unresolved “punchlist items” remaining from the construction last construction season;
    • Conant Road Underpass Project (DCR) – Underpass construction started and anticipated to have roadway opened back up the week of July 1 +/- (weather and ledge removal for wingwalls impacting construction schedule).  Note that does not mean that the project is completed and the rail trail is still an active construction site. There will be delays and traffic managed to complete the sidewalk work, railing work, pavement work, etc.  Excavation work and installation of underpass anticipated for several weeks;
    • Concord Road Spurs and Church Street Spurs Parking Areas (Town) – Town to construct several parking stalls at Concord Road and Church Street spurs - see "Consultant Work" section below;
    • DPW is attempting to coordinate with MassDOT to address concrete spall and graffiti issues for Concord Road and Church Street bridges over the Rail Trail
  • National Grid gas relay projects proposed for construction during the 2019 Construction Season:
    • Church Street (at/about Pigeon Hill Road) - project currently being modified and anticipated going before the Board of Selectmen to modify their grant of location permit – Would anticipate work occurring mid to late August 2019; 
    • Newton Street - work is ongoing
    • Pembroke Road - to start soon 
    • 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.
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Ongoing DPW Projects

  • Wireless Meter Reading - All contracts are in place (3) and the permits for collector are in progress. Coordination with town accounting hardware is also ongoing (MUNIS). Notices for meter work and scheduling will be going out soon. Then the installation of collector sites, meters and radios will occur over the next several months, and then activation of the system. See for more information; 
  • Black Oak Pump Station – Work ongoing – Wall and landscaping work outstanding; 
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the Southside Drainage Project - Anticipate awarding contract based on reference check, etc. and work will begin after July 1;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - Punchlist and plumbing work remaining.  SCADA work, then calibration of system anticipated over the next several days;
  • Cemetery Restoration Phase II - headstone rehabilitation contract ongoing;
  • Newton Street Drainage - Continue to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street.  First piece of drainage work by Land Sake is nearing completion – see 2019 Roadway Reconstruction for Phase I; 
  • Loring Road Drainage work (by #83) - No work completed this period in the roadway;
  • Merriam Street Drainage work (between Westland Road and Cherry Brook Road) – Work ongoing though restricted.  Anticipate using the detour due to safety of the workers and public to complete this section of roadway – two structures and a length of drainage pipe remaining
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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. Next action item will be to tweak presentation based on May 29th meeting and then present to the Board of Selectmen and submit the 25% design plans to MassDOT in the Fall / Winter 2019. Project info at;
  • 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. Consultant/Town Engineer met with Traffic and Sidewalk Committee during April meeting to discuss direction of design and then setup a MassDOT D-6 meeting (anticipate June 18)Project info at;
  • Overseeing consultant and preparation of specifications for Concord Road Spurs and Church Street Spur Rail Trail Parking Areas - Installation of erosion controls and tree cutting and installation of tree protection anticipated the week of June 3.  The week of June 10 (weather permitting), it is anticipated that earth excavation work will start at Concord Road spurs; 
  • 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 – see above for Phase I update;  
  • 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.  Engineer will revise and resubmit report.  Anticipate a meeting with the Board of Selectmen at some point this summer to review recommendations, etc.;
  • 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 16 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 58 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection; 
  • Set up a temporary special speed zone on School Street between Brook School Apartments and Wellesley Street to 30 mph
  • 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 36 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 7 final reads;
  • Oversaw the removal on 1 lead link service;
  • Installed 1 hydrant meter;
  • Continue to read meters;
  • Continue to hydrant flush and paint hydrants;
  • Responded to 1 low pressure call
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • 1 grave dug with casket interment;
  • Cut and trimmed grass at Linwood Cemetery and other Park 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 22.24 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 1,780 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 1,300 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 5.42 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 4.10 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 5.01 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 4.59 tons;
  • Process 1 container of scrap wood – 6.77 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 3,030 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 1,580 lbs;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 1,300 pounds;
  • Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 4,320 tons;
  • 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 and cut grass on the landfill cap
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Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • Hot patching potholes: All sections by Division list;
  • Respond to Misc. calls for service:  14;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadway and/or culverts: Love Lane, Park Road, Rockport Road, and North Avenue;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs:  Ledgewood, Merriam, North, Lexington, South;
  • Set up Detour for:  Glen Road and Sylvan Lane;
  • Check and Clear waterways:  all sections;
  • Mowing and trimming including flail mowing:  North and Middle Sections;
  • DIGSafe Markouts:  South section; 
  • Clean and organize material storage area;
  • Cooks Pond Pump Station:  Pump functioning properly;
  • Assist Paving Contractor:  Glen Road, Cherry Brook Road and Pollywog Lane;
  • Cleanup and Organize Brush Dump;
  • Street Sweeping:  Main Roadways in the North & South;
  • Provide tour of DPW facility for 24 6th and 7th graders from WMS and discussed stormwater with Q&A;
  • Load contractor trucks with sweepings for disposal;
  • Transport processed loam from Merriam Street Brush Dump to Linwood Cemetery;
  • Transport waste aggregate to disposal vendor;
  • Rotate Compost @ Brush Dump;
  • Retrieve traffic controls:  H.S. Graduation Area; Love Lane Charity Race
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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 9 school buses, 2 police vehicles, 8 DPW trucks and other equipment, 1 recreation vehicle, and 1 school grounds vehicle, noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 122 pieces of rolling stock for the Town;
  • Performed 2 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  G-5 transmission lines, B-1 coolant housing leak

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