Anticipated Schedule for
September 26 - September 30, 2022
Construction schedules are weather permitting and are subject to change.
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Last Updated: 9/26/2022
Town Common Renovation Project
While the project is ongoing, the Common will be CLOSED to the public. In addition, Garrity’s Way, the small one-way street in front of Town Hall will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians. One handicap accessible entrance to the main entrance of Town Hall will be maintained during the project. For more information on the project, visit the Town Common Renovation webpage. The contractor on the project is M.J. Cataldo. The renovation is expected to be complete later this year.
Eversource continues gas main construction on May, Highland Ave and Lindberg Streets.
Walker Pond Improvements
The Department of Public Works has contracted Woodall Construction to start the anticipated drainage improvements on Walker Lane. This is the first phase in cleaning stormwater flows in efforts to reduce Phosphorus and Sediment form stormwater runoff into the Walker Pond.
The contractor plans to continue construction of the vegetated filter strip, dig test pits in the locations of the proposed new drainage structures, and begin installation of the new structures.
We expect there will be some minor inconveniences during the construction such as no parking area along the side of the road where work is being performed. The contractor will need to add appropriate barriers and will provide notices during the construction and keep residents apprised of the project status.
Water and Sewer Updates
Dwight Road Parking Lot is currently closed while the Water & Sewer Division investigates the existing stormwater drainpipes and catch basins in the parking lot area for needed repairs.
The Department of Public Works has contracted Revoli Construction to install a new water main from Marked Tree Road at High Rock Street to Central Avenue at Pine Street. Each resident will be notified at least 48 hours in advance of a water shutdown. Water shutdowns will occur when the new main is connected at intersecting streets and when the house service connection is made. Generally, the contractor will completely install the water main in the street, and then connect all the services.
Contractor continues to install water main in Central Avenue in front of Claxton Field. Revoli will continue to connect houses to the new main on Marked Tree.
Due to safety concerns, there will be no parking on these streets while under construction. Construction duration is estimated at 12 weeks, weather dependent, for the contractor to complete the work. They will begin work on Marked Tree Road at High Rock Street and work toward Central Avenue.
***Due to the Monday holiday, Needham has approved a request from the contractor to amend their work schedule for this week to 7AM - 5PM to keep the project on schedule.
Concord St, Tower Rd, and Lasalle Rd Water Service Replacements
The Department of Public Works Water, Sewer and Drain Division contractor A.D. Paolini will have crews performing water service replacements on Concord St, Tower Rd, and Lasalle Rd.
Highway Division Updates
Micro-paving work was completed. We are currently scheduling to refresh pavement markings.
The Department of Public Works Highway Division has engaged contractor LAL Construction to reset existing granite curbing at the intersecting streets, remove asphalt, and install cement concrete with detectable warning panels on wheelchair access ramps. Abutters to existing wheelchair ramps should identify irrigation systems that are located within two feet of the ramps and trim any bushes that are encroaching on the ramp areas.
The intersection of Dedham Ave/Harris Ave/Warren St will be realigned. The geometric improvements with granite curbing will help reduce vehicle speeds, reduce pedestrian crossing lengths, and improve sight lines for all users. A Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) will be installed on Dedham Ave on the South side of Harris Ave. The push to operate RRFB system will help alert vehicle operators on Dedham Ave that a pedestrian is about to cross. All work will include ADA-compliant features, new pavement marking and signs. A water quality ground water recharge system will be installed in Harris at Dedham Ave.
Dedham Ave drainage improvements have been completed and Dedham Ave is open. Harris Ave (Dedham Ave to Fair Oaks Pk) remains closed. Drainage improvements continue.
Construction will primarily take place Monday- Friday from 7:00AM to 4:00PM and will be substantially completed by October 14, 2022.
The Department of Public Works Highway Division will be working with a hired contractor (All States Asphalt) to apply an asphalt-rubber surface treatment with aggregate. Due to weather delays the rubber chip seal application has been postponed to the week of Sept. 19th 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
The process involves an application of asphalt-rubber and stone cover to the roadway. This system seals and waterproofs the existing pavement and provides a new driving surface. This is an important and effective asset preservation process.
DPW staff will be preparing the road surface in advance of the application. During the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM we ask residents not to park on the roadway and refrain from any activity, which could result in water collecting on the roadway until the work is complete. Vehicles parked on the roadway will be towed.
***Due to weather delays the rubber chip seal application has been postponed on Country Way, Village Ln, Scott Rd, Woodbury Dr, Audrey Ave and Ina Rd. We will update when a new schedule is received.
The Department of Public Works Highway Division with hired contractor (D&R Paving) will start preparing the streets ahead of paving. Preparations will include edging back the loam berm and repairing potholes, adding a leveling course of pavement in areas to smooth out imperfections, and raising castings. Following the preparations, a wearing course “topcoat” of pavement will be placed. Asphalt low profile curbing will be added in areas to help control erosion in the berm.
Following the topcoat, driveway aprons affected by the paving will be adjusted. Loaming and seeding of disturbed areas will follow. This process will take an additional two to three weeks after final pavement has been completed. Watering the newly seeded areas twice a day using a handheld hose early morning and evening will ensure optimal results. Please do not park on the new asphalt curb or loam berm as it can be easily damaged.
Please remove any objects that have been placed on the sidewalk or on the loam berm ahead of construction and identify any irrigation that may be close to the roadway. We ask residents to not park in the roadway and refrain from any activity, which could result in water collecting on the roadway during construction and paving operations.
Please note that paving operations may cause delays in getting in or out of your street/driveway.
***Casting adjustments are currently being completed. Rain delays have pushed the paving schedule back. Paving is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday 9/28/22. Residents are encouraged to refer to the electronic message board on site with project status. The message board will be updated as the project progresses as inclemate weather is expected this week and will affect the schedule.
Needham-Newton Corridor Project
The schedule for this major infrastructure project is weather dependent and subject to change without notice. For questions or to report issues related to construction, please email the project team. You can sign up for project updatesfrom DOT here. To find information about this project, please visit the project website.
MassDOT's contractor, P. Gioioso & Sons, will perform paving operations along Highland Avenue in Needham between Webster Street and the I-95 ramps. To complete this work, traffic shifts and side street closures will be implemented from 7:00 PM on Sunday, September 25 to 5:00 AM the following morning.
***Due to inclement weather, the paving was halted and not completed as planned. Subsequently, the remainder of the intermediate paving between Gould St and Webster will be completed overnight Tuesday 9/27. The final surface paving is anticipated to occur overnight 10/7.
During this work, Highland Avenue westbound traffic will be maintained, but lane shifts will be required. Due to these lane shifts, turns onto Gould Street will be restricted. Drivers looking to access Gould Street should use the following detour:
- Turn right onto Webster Street,
- Turn right onto Central Avenue,
- Turn right onto Gould Street.
Access to Mills Road, Utica Road and Hunting Road will be closed at Highland Avenue. Residents will need to use Hunting Road at Kendrick Street
MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.