Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Water Use Restrictions in Effect


The City of Northampton Department of Public Works (DPW) is implementing a water use restriction for users of the Northampton Public Water Supply. Limiting water use, especially non-essential outdoor water use, is needed to ensure a sustainable water supply and to protect stream flow for aquatic life

An immediate ban on nonessential outdoor water use is required. The following water uses are not allowed between 9am and 5pm.
  • Irrigation of lawns except by means of handheld hose
  • Washing of vehicles, other than by commercial car wash
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks
  • Production of food is exempt from restrictions. 
The City’s water supply system is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP requires that water restriction be implemented when stream-flow in the Mill River drops below a certain quantity of flow (26.3 cubic feet per second) for a 3-day period. The water restriction can be lifted when the stream flow rises about that level for 7 consecutive days. The City will notify the public when the water restriction is lifted. Please visit the DPW website for water conservation tips.

Any person found violating these water restrictions is subject to the fines established in Chapter 325 and Chapter 40 of the City Ordinances. These fines are $100 for the first violation and $200 for the second and subsequent violations.

Edward S. Huntley, P.E.,
Director of Public Works.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Construction Update - Week of May 25th

For the week of May 25th, the following construction work is scheduled:
  • No work on Memorial Day
King Street
  • Wednesday-Friday:  Geeleher Construction will be replacing a sewer line across King Street from near Lia Toyota to near Lia Honda.
Florence and Ryan Road Intersection
  •  Tuesday-Wednesday:  Jack Goncalves & Son will be making two water main interconnections.
 Winslow Avenue
  • Thursday-Friday:  Jack Goncalves & Son will be installing water services.
 Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes, especially at the Florence and Ryan Road intersection and on King Street. Please obey directions from police officers and be considerate of the work area and other motorists. Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Warner Bros, LLC, under contract with MassDOT, will be working on Bridge Street from the I-91 overpass to Fair Street on Tuesday only, cleaning catch basins. The following week structures will be raised with paving anticipated to occur at the end of the week. Contact MassDOT District 2 at 582-0599 if you need more information.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Construction Update - Week of May 18th

For the week of May 18th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:
  • Warner Bros., LLC will be working on Sylvester and Bridge Roads. 
  • Jack Goncalves & Son will be replacing water lines on Florence Road and Winslow Avenue.
Bridge Road
  • Thursday:  Hydroseeding of disturbed areas.
Sylvester Road
  • Tuesday - Friday: Shoulder restoration and miscellaneous punch list items.
Florence Road near Pine Street, Ryan Road and Spring Street
  • Tuesday: Grading and temporary paving. DETOURS will be in place.
  • Wednesday: Valve connection for the Elks building
Winslow Avenue at Federal Street
  • Monday: Water main interconnection to Federal Street
  • Thursday & Friday: Water service connections on Winslow.
 Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes, especially at the intersections of Ryan and Florence Roads and Pine and Spring Streets. Please obey directions from police officers and be considerate of the work area and other motorists. Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Warner Bros, LLC, under contract with MassDOT, will be working on Bridge Street from Damon Road to Fair Street. The work this week will include some pavement reclamation near Orchard Street and general patching. Contact MassDOT District 2 at 582-0599 if you need more information.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bridge Street Paving Construction Starts May 14th

Warner Bros, LLC, under contract with MassDOT will be milling and paving Bridge Street from Damon Road to Fair Street beginning Thursday, May 14th.
  • Milling will occur on Thursday and Friday, May 14th and 15th
  • Cleaning and rebuilding of drainage structures as well as localized roadbed reconstruction will occur over the next few following weeks.
  • Final paving and striping is anticipated to be complete before the end of June.
Please obey directions from police officers and be considerate of the work area and other motorists. Contact MassDOT District 2 at 582-0599 if you need more information.

Annual Water Distribution System Flushing



The Northampton Department of Public Works, through the Water Division, will begin its annual systematic water main flushing program on May 18, 2015. Crews will be going out Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. for approximately 4 weeks.  The flushing will begin in the Ward 7 Leeds area and proceed through Florence and Bay State, continuing to downtown Northampton and Ward 3.  Water customers may temporarily experience low water pressure or discolored water while this work is completed.

The flushing program is performed at the recommendation of the Department of Environmental Protection to maintain high quality water standards.  For further information, contact the Northampton D.P.W. Water Division at 587-1097.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Unexpected Florence Rd Lane Closure Wednesday.

The Southbound lane of Florence Road between High Meadow and Indian Hill will be closed for construction by the Department of Public Works tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 between 7:30am and 2:30pm.

This closure is necessary to perform repairs to a collapsed manhole structure. There will be one lane open for traffic, please proceed with caution when approaching the work zone. Pay close attention to the Police Officers directing traffic, there may be frequent delays.


Please try and take alternate routes if possible.

Thank you,
The DPW

Monday, May 11, 2015

Construction Update - Week of May 11th - REVISED

Important Construction Update

Jack Goncalves & Son will be replacing the water line on Florence Road from Wednesday May 13th through Friday May 15th.

Florence Road between Pine Street and Ryan Road will be CLOSED between 6 am and 5 pm.

DETOURS will be in place along Nonotuck, Bliss and Cross Streets. Please obey directions from police officers and be considerate of the work area and other motorists. Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Construction Update - Week of May 11th

For the week of May 11th, Warner Bros., LLC will be working on Bridge Road and Sylvester Road. Jack Goncalves & Son will be working on water line replacement on Riverbank Road, Winslow Avenue and Florence Road.

Bridge Road
  • Weather permitting, final paving of Bridge Road is scheduled for Monday, May 11th. During final paving Bridge Road between King Street and Hatfield Street will be maintained as WESTBOUND ONLY with DETOURS in place for all EASTBOUND traffic. Jackson Street and Cooke Avenue will be BLOCKED to THROUGH TRAFFIC at Bridge Road. 
  • Police officers will be stationed at Hatfield Street at both Bridge and North King Streets and at Jackson and Barrett Streets to facilitate traffic flow. Advance detour signage will be in place at key approach locations to the work area.
  • After final paving is complete, work on driveway paving and line painting will proceed.
Sylvester Road
  • Work on shoulder restoration and miscellaneous punch list items is scheduled for Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Riverbank Road
  • Water service tie-ins and permanent trench patching on Monday and Tuesday.
Winslow Avenue
  • Water main tie in to Federal Street on Wednesday depending parts availability.
Florence Road Near the intersection of Ryan Road and Pine Street
  • Water main installation could begin as early as Wednesday depending on parts availability.  
Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes, especially on Bridge Road and potentially at the intersections of Ryan Road, Florence Road and Pine Street and Spring Street. Please obey directions from police officers and be considerate of the work area and other motorists. Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Water Dept Receives Mass DEP Award

On May 5, 2015 the City of Northampton Water Department received two awards from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The awards were given out as part of 2015 Public Water System Awards Day.

Please click here to see the full press release.




Friday, May 1, 2015

Paving Construction Update - Week of May 4th

For the week of May 4th, Warner Bros., LLC will be working on Bridge Road on Monday through Thursday and Sylvester Road on Friday.
  • Work on Bridge Road will include the installation of bituminous curbing, sidewalk sections and shoulder restoration.
  • Work on Sylvester Road will include walkway tie-ins, shoulder restoration and miscellaneous details.
 Final paving of Bridge Road is scheduled for Monday, May 11th, weather permitting.

One way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes, especially on Bridge Road. Please obey directions from police officers and be considerate of the work area and other motorists.

Your patience during this reconstruction process is appreciated. Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Annual Hazardous Waste Collection Event to be held May 17, 2015



Northampton’s annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event will be held on the morning of Saturday, May 16th  at Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street.    During this event, pre-registered Northampton, Florence, and Leeds residents may bring hazardous household waste free of charge for safe disposal via a licensed hazardous materials handler.  Advance preregistration is required.  Participants will receive an appointment time to deliver their material to the event.

A wide range of unwanted household products with labels indicating the need for special handling or disposal will be accepted.  This includes household, garden and auto-related items with the phrase “keep out of reach of children on the label, or warnings that contents are caustic, toxic, corrosive, poison, flammable or dangerous.”  For more information visit www.northamptonma.gov/reduce-waste.

Residents must pre-register for the event by Noon on Monday, May 11 by calling 413-587-1570, ext 4306.  Detailed information will be sent by mail to registered participants.  Non-residents, businesses and institutions may participate in this collection for a fee by contacting Susan Waite at the Department of Public Works at 413-587-1059 or via email (swaite@northamptonma.gov).

Plant Pot and Pellet Bag Recycling Collection to be Held on May 9, 2015

The Reuse Committee will hold a collection and swap of plant pots, in conjunction with Northampton Education Foundation’s “Save Our Schools” Plant and Garden Market between 9am and 1pm on May 9 at Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street. The public is invited to bring unwanted rigid garden pots and plant trays. All collected pots and trays will be available to the public free of charge; remaining items will be sent to a regional recycling facility. Six-pack plant containers and other crinkly/non-rigid containers will NOT be accepted.
Pellet fuel bags will also be collected for recycling. Only dry and relatively clean pellet bags will be accepted. Participants are encouraged to stack the bags, loosely roll the stack, and place it in another empty pellet bag. This process will avoid the use of string and twine, which can contaminate the plastic resin at the recycling facility.
For additional information, call 413-587-1059 or visit www.northamptonma.gov/reduce-waste.