Monday, December 15, 2014

Park Hill Road Drainage Ditch Work

The Department of Public Works will be cleaning the drainage ditch that runs along the northerly side of Park Hill road starting on December 16, 2014 and continuing until December 23,2014.

This work will be done between the hours of 7am to 3pm, providing the weather allows for such work to take place. There may be single lane closures that require motorists to pay attention to large vehicles working and exiting the construction zone. Please drive slowly and cautiously when passing through the work area. Please check this blog for updates on this project.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Public Works Receives a Grant to Strengthen Water System Resiliency

The City of Northampton Department of Public Works has received a $9,800 District Local Technical Assistance grant from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to facilitate the evaluation and feasibility of intermunicipal water connections between Northampton and area communities including Easthampton, Williamsburg, Hatfield, and Southampton.

The work includes the development of a regional water system hydraulic model that will aid in determining how water can be shared between these communities during emergencies or other more routine situations. The engineering work also includes the schematic design of water system connections between each community.

An intermunicipal agreement between the 5 communities will outline the conditions of water sharing.  City Engineer, Jim Laurila, said: "This important grant will allow greater water supply redundancy for Northampton and the neighboring communities. This is an important step to ensure that the City has additional water supply options in the case of an emergency.  We appreciate the assistance of PVPC in making the City and our neighbors more resilient from a water supply perspective."

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holyoke Street Partial Closure

A section of Holyoke Street will be closed between Pleasant Street (Route 5) and Hawley Street starting on Monday, December 8, 2014 for approximately seven (7) weeks.  The section of Holyoke Street that will be closed to through traffic is at the railroad overpass near the intersection of Hawley Street.  Local traffic can still get as far as the overpass on either side.  The closure will take place Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This project may cause delays in travel time and the traveling public should seek alternative routes.

Repairs to the railroad overpass is contracted  through MassDOT as part of the Knowledge Corridor Project which will bring high speed rail service to Northampton and points beyond.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Damon Road Construction Update December 3, 2014

Today, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. milling of pavement on Damon Road (between King Street and Industrial Drive) and a portion of Industrial Drive will occur.

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. new pavement will be placed in the same area.

Friday, December 5, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. pavement markings will be placed in the same area.

This is a Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) project for the knowledge corridor which will bring high speed rail service to Northampton and points beyond.

There will be no road closures but expect delays.


Adopt a Hydrant Near Your Home or Business!

Winter brings a special concern to the Northampton DPW and Fire Department: Winter storms hide fire hydrants under a mountain of snow. In the event of a fire, firefighters lose precious time locating and shoveling out fire hydrants.  There are 1,200 fire hydrants in the City that may need clearing after a snow event.

The City, through the Department of Public Works (DPW), has been asked by Boy Scout Jesse Evers to be the benefiting agency of his Eagle Scout Service Project.  Mr. Evers has created a website called Adopt-A-Hydrant which allows businesses and homeowners to sign up and volunteer to clear snow from specific fire hydrants.

The DPW believes that his Adopt-A-Hydrant program will help improve public safety by informing residents and businesses where their hydrants are located and letting them get involved in a public way.

To adopt a hydrant near you, visit Adopt-A-Hydrant, create an account and enter your address to discover hydrants near you.  Click the hydrant that you would like to adopt – you can even give it a name – and you're done.

Thank you!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Old Springfield Rd Bridge Closed for Winter

The Northampton Department of Public Works will be performing the annual closing of the Old Springfield Road bridge for the winter on Tuesday November 25, 2014. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause motorists.  The bridge will reopen in the spring of 2015 after the flood season has ended.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Construction Update - Week of November 24th

Warner Bros., LLC will be working on shoulders and driveways on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday only. Remaining work on Sylvester Road is anticipated to be completed by mid-December before Warner Bros. demobilizes for the winter season.

Jack Goncalves & Sons has completed the crosswalk and sidewalk work on New South Street except for the installation of signs, which will be installed as soon as they are available. This remaining work will have only a minor impact on traffic.   

The reclaiming of Bridge Road from Jackson Street to Francis Street will begin in the Spring of 2015.

Motorists: please be aware of road construction operations, obey directions from traffic control officers and use caution when passing work crews. Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Construction Update - Week of November 17th

Jack Goncalves & Sons will begin working on New South Street between Main Street and Old South Street this week, relocating the pedestrian crosswalk at the rear of the Academy of Music to just before the bridge over the bike path. Work crews will begin by excavating sidewalk and resetting granite curbing.

The work will be ongoing over the next few weeks as weather permits. Sections of sidewalk will be closed, and pedestrians will be required to use the crosswalk at Main Street or Old South Street until the work is complete. Minor traffic delays may occur during this work and motorists may want to seek alternate routes.

Warner Bros., LLC will not be working in the City this week. Remaining work on Sylvester Road is anticipated to be completed by mid-December before Warner Bros. demobilizes for the winter season.

The reclaiming of Bridge Road from Jackson Street to Francis Street will begin in the Spring of 2015.

Motorists: please be aware of road construction operations, obey directions from traffic control officers and use caution when passing work crews. Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Friday, November 14, 2014

TREATED WINTER SAND AVAILABLE

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has treated winter sand available to City residents at its complex located at 125 Locust Street. The sand is mixed with salt coated with an organic de-icer. There is a limit of two (2) five gallon pails per citizen per visit. This is not for use by contractors.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Paving Construction Update - Week of November 10th

Warner Bros., LLC will be working on roadway shoulders and driveway aprons now that paving on Sylvester Road is complete. Line striping is anticipated to occur soon but depends on weather and contractor availability. Motorists should avoid driving on freshly painted lines. Minor traffic delays may occur during this work and motorists may want to seek alternate routes.

The reclaiming of Bridge Road from Jackson Street to Francis Street will not begin until the Spring of 2015.

Motorists: please be aware of road construction operations, obey directions from traffic control officers and use caution when passing work crews. Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Mayor's Report ~ Stormwater Utility Bills Explained

Mayor Narkewicz sits down with City Engineer Jim Laurila and Stormwater Manager Douglas McDonald to take a look at the role of the Storm Water and Flood Control Utility and how billing is determined.  Click here to watch (video:26min)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Paving Construction Update - Week of November 3rd

Warner Bros., LLC will is scheduled to complete paving of Sylvester Road on Monday and Tuesday. Work on shoulders and driveways will begin after paving is complete. Due to the narrowness of the roadway, Sylvester Road will be OPEN TO LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY during paving operations. All other traffic will be DETOURED along Chesterfield Road, Spring Street and Ryan Road. Please plan accordingly and seek alternate routes.

Completion of repaving the raised crosswalks on North Street and repair of the two sinkholes on Main Street in Florence is scheduled for Tuesday.

The reclaiming of Bridge Road from Jackson Street to Francis Street will not begin until the Spring of 2015.

Motorists: please be aware of road construction operations, obey directions from traffic control officers and use caution when passing work crews. Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.