parking construction for rail trail

August 11 - August 17, 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

  • Wellesley Street at School Street Intersection - Excavation of existing sidewalk bituminous concrete completed.  Installation of curbing started.  Pavement leveling completed.  Complete curbing work to follow.  Gravel as necessary sidewalk areas to follow.  Placement of first course of sidewalk pavement to follow.  Anticipate final roadway paving the week of August 26;
  • Newton Street (from Wellesley Street to approximately #150 Newton) - Excavation of existing sidewalk bituminous concrete completed.  Complete curbing work to follow.  Gravel as necessary sidewalk areas to follow.  Placement of first course of sidewalk pavement to follow.  Anticipate final roadway paving the week of August 26;
  • Bogle Street - National Grid work continues and anticipate the completion of gas main replacement the week of August 19. NGrid will permanent trench pave trenches before November 26.  Anticipate any other pavement deficiencies will be address next spring before the Rubber Chip Seal Treatment is installed;
  • Pigeon Hill RoadConant Road Underpass Project is substantially completed.  National Grid will start its work at the intersection with Church Street anticipated August 26.  Once this work is completed, the Town will mobilize its paving contractor to start work in this area;
  • Hilltop Road – See Pigeon Hill Road timeline;
  • Old Road – See Pigeon Hill Road timelines;
  • Gail Road – Roadway reconstruction work Schedule has not yet been set;
  • Pembroke Road - National Grid replacing the gas main and service prior to roadway work.  Anticipate their work duration approximately 3-4 weeks;
  • 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) 

Completed Roadways

  • Cherry Brook Road and Pollywog Lane;
  • Sylvan Road (entire length);
  • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Shady Hill Road)
  • Cliff Road and Brown Street - Rubber chip seal; 

Town Center Improvement Project

  • Find construction updates - sign up for "Town Center Construction Project" email/text notifications or visit project web page at for three-week look ahead
    • Drainage work from the westerly end of the Town Green to to property number 483 ongoing;
    • Verizon manhole/vault installation continues between Church St and Town House Rd;
    • Conduit installation continues just east of School Street;
    • Traffic Management Plans - modified daily to maximize available parking for the businesses

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) 
    • 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:
    • Loring Road
    • Legacy Trail
    • Water main/drainage projects
  • 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 – Substantially completed.  Eversource is working to close out outstanding items with Conservation Commission;
    • Conant Road Underpass Project (DCR) – Milling and paving work completed the week of August 12.  Sidewalk concrete replacement, pavement markings, and finishing fencing work are outstanding.  There is still work to complete below the roadway as well including, treatment work to the interior culvert, shoulder work, etc.  It was anticipated that all work will be completed by mid-August. The punchlist of work needing completion is ongoing;
    • Concord Road Spurs and Church Street Spurs Parking Areas (Town) – Loaming and planting work completed. Anticipated future work includes but is not limited to seeding, pavement marking work, etc.  It was anticipated that this work will be completed by mid-August;
    • DPW / DCR coordinated 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) - anticipate work occurring August 26; 
    • Newton Street - work is ongoing
    • Pembroke Road - work is ongoing
    • Bogle/Winter - work is ongoing
    • 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.
DPW employees installing a drainage pipe

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; 
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the Southside Drainage Project - Anticipate work starting on the pipe work just north of Ledgewood.  Town Engineer has coordinated with impacted residents;
  • Cemetery Restoration Phase II - headstone rehabilitation contract ongoing;
  • Newton Street Drainage - Town Engineer is working with several properties owners and others to secure easement rights for Phase II and Phase III drainage work; 
  • Merriam Street Drainage work (between Westland Road and Cherry Brook Road) – Drainage work still needed on the Hallet Hill Road portion of Merriam Street.  Town Engineering working with Town Counsel;
  • Legacy Trail Project -  construction to begin soon;
  • Water: Lead Link Removals (over 60 locations) – Work ongoing.  It is anticipated that this work will be substantially completed by beginning of September with permanent trenching paving work still to be completed;
  • Water: Lantern Lane and Old Coach Road – Anticipate starting this work September 16

Completed Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project
  • Loring Road Drainage work (by #83)
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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. A brief summary of the progress to date was provided to the Board of Selectmen on July 30.  Anticipate being before the Board at the first October meeting to solicit comments prior to the formal 25% Submission to MassDOT in the Winter of 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) - A brief summary of the progress to date was provided to the Board of Selectmen on July 30.  Anticipate being before the Board at the first September meeting to solicit comments prior to the formal 25% Submission to MassDOT in the Winter of 2019. Project info at;
  • Overseeing several sidewalk design projects -  (Merriam Street and Warren Avenue) – Funding secured for the work; culvert replacement and drainage work on Merriam needs to take place; sidewalk project needs to be coordinated with roadway work. Warren Ave on hold;  
  • 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.  Presented at the Board of Selectmen on July 30 to discuss recommendations of the report.  Action item is to prepare Article for December 2019 Special Town Meeting;
  • Overseeing consultant design and preparation of specification for Cemetery Tomb Restoration.  Draft plans provided and comments provided back to consultant
engineering drawings for stormwater drainage


  • Currently reviewing 5 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 59 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 and perform speed study
  • 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 49 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 7 final reads;
  • Two water main shut downs;
  • Investigated old abandoned water main;
  • Continue to work on water billing;
  • Continue to paint hydrants;
  • Overseeing the removal of the lead links on contract being executed by Engineering Division
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • Cut and trimmed grass at Linwood Cemetery and other park and cemetery locations;
  • Set 3 flush markers;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • 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 16.81 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 340 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 920 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 11.53 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs –5 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 4.67 tons;
  • Process 1 container of scrap wood – 5.77 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 740 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 2,020 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
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Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • Hot patching potholes: Kings Grant Area;
  • Skin Overlay degraded roadway surfaces:  Tyler, Oakdale, Nobscot;
  • Respond to Misc. calls for service:  21;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadway and/or culverts: Wellesley Street, Circle Drive, Concord Road, Oxbow, and Ridgeway;
  • Oversee Tree Contractor: West Cliff Road;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs:  High School, Lexington Street, Blake Road, Park Road, Oxbow, Conant;
  • Set up Detour for: Cases Corner, School Street, Newton, Wellesley Street;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action: Glen Road (5), Lexington;
  • Repair/Clean/Inspect drain manhole / catch basin: Deerpath;
  • Mowing and trimming including flail mowing:  Middle sections, and Islands/grass strips & High and Middle School Fields and Roadways, Alphabet Lane, and Gail Field;
  • DIGSafe Markouts: Newton Street, Glen Road; 
  • Cooks Pond Pump Station:  Pump functioning properly;
  • Assist Paving Contractor:  Wellesley and School Street and Newton Street;
  • Pre-Construction Saw Cut Driveway aprons and Intersection:  Newton Street;
  • Street Sweeping:  South section, Cases Corner, Pembroke, Summit, Kings Grant Area, Old Colony; 
  • Inspect Wall Damage: Blake Road;
  • Transport catch basin stock;
  • Assist fence contractor:  Remove Brush, Buckskin Drive
maintenance of a DPW truck

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 10 school buses, 1 police vehicles, & 8 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 3 major repairs on vehicles withMajor/Significant maintenance activity:  Bus inspections, H-15 A/C leak, H-22 brake lines

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