Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Water Use Restrictions in Effect (09/01/2015)

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

Portion of Bikeway to close for culvert cleaning.

Thursday September 3rd and Friday September 4th, 2015, the Dept. of Public Works will be working on the King St. Brook and the sedimentation basin located at the end of the Northampton bikeway by Stoddard St. and State St and at the rear of Stop and Shop.

Bikeway users should take notice that the bikeway will be closed to all bike and pedestrian traffic between Adare Pl. and Stoddard St. during the days of construction between the hours of 6:30 am to 3:30pm. The bikeway will be open at all other times.

Pedestrians and bicyclists will be required to detour around the construction using Adare Pl., Prospect St. and Stoddard St.

Please be advised that there will be heavy equipment traveling up and down the bikeway at the closure location. For their own safety, all users of the bikeway will be turned back at the closure locations.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this construction process. The blog will be updated as needed during this week of construction.

Richard C. Parasiliti Jr.
Highway Superintendent/Tree Warden

Friday, August 28, 2015

Construction Update - Week of August 31st

For the week of August 31st, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Prospect Street, Woodlawn Avenue, Massasoit Street, Finn Street and North Elm Street
  • Monday: Warner Bros will be PAVING the remaining area Prospect Street, Woodlawn Avenue and the remaining area of Massasoit Street.
  • Tuesday-Thursday: Warner Bros will be installing traffic markings on all the above referenced streets.
  • Friday: Warner Bros will be constructing driveway transitions on Woodlawn Avenue and Massasoit street   
Maple Street
  • Wednesday-Thursday: Warner Bros will be constructing ADA compliant handicap ramps.
Warner Street - Hinckley Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Columbia Gas contractors may begin mobilizing for and replacing the gas line to allow the sewer replacement project to move forward. 
Leeds Rail Trail
  • Monday-Friday: Gagliarducci Construction will be constructing an extension of the Rail Trail from the Grove Avenue connector approximately 1/2 mile toward Williamsburg. The Rail Trail will be officially closed from Florence Street and from Grove Avenue for the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be complete in late fall.  
Connecticut River Levee Repair
  • Monday-Friday: Kingsbury Construction Co. will continue removing vegetation and stumps along the levee. Work is expected to continue through September. During construction, sections of the levee will be closed.
Industrial Drive
  • Monday-Friday:  Borges Construction has completed the sewer pipe installation along Bradford St. North to Industrial Drive and may be on site this week to prepare for paving. Final paving, surface restoration and cleanup is not yet scheduled.
Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained where possible, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes, especially along Prospect, Finn, North Elm, Woodlawn, Massasoit and Maple 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, August 21, 2015

Construction Update - Week of August 24th

For the week of August 24th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Prospect Street Finn Street and Woodlawn Avenue
  • Monday-Wednesday: Warner Bros, LLC will be constructing ADA compliant handicap ramps and repairing curbs
Pine Street and Florence Road
  • Monday-Tuesday: Jack Goncalves & Son will be paving trenches associated with the water line installation.
Maple Street and Clark Avenue
  • Wednesday: Warner Bros, LLC will be constructing ADA compliant handicap ramps and repairing curbs
Prospect Street, Finn Street and Pomeroy Terrace
  • Thursday: Warner Bros will be PAVING Prospect and Finn Streets and patching Pomeroy Terrace.
Woodlawn Avenue, Pomeroy Terrace, Massasoit Street, North Elm Street
  • Friday: Warner Bros, LLC will be PAVING Woodlawn Avenue and Pomeroy Terrace and repairing driveways on Massasoit Street and North Elm. 
Leeds Rail Trail
  • Monday-Friday: Gagliarducci Construction will be constructing an extension of the Rail Trail from the Grove Avenue connector approximately 1/2 mile toward Williamsburg. The Rail Trail will be officially closed from Florence Street and from Grove Avenue for the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be complete in late fall.  
Connecticut River Levee Repair
  • Monday-Friday: Kingsbury Construction Co. will continue removing vegetation and stumps along the levee. Work is expected to continue through September. During construction, sections of the levee will be closed.
Industrial Drive
  • Monday-Friday:  Borges Construction has completed the sewer pipe installation along Bradford St. North to Industrial Drive and will be off site this week. They will return later to do some paving and surface restoration.
Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained where possible, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes, especially along Prospect, Finn, North Elm, Florence, Pine, Woodlawn, Massasoit and  Pomeroy. 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, August 14, 2015

Construction Update - Week of August 17th - REVISED

For the week of August 17th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Chesterfield and Reservoir Roads
  • Monday-Tuesday: Warner Bros will be PAVING one lane starting at Shephards Hollow on Chesterfield Road and proceeding down Reservoir Road to the bridge near Musante beach. They will turn around at the bridge and pave the other lane back to Shephards Hollow.
 Woodlawn Avenue and Maple Street (Pine to Nonotuck Streets only)
  • Tuesday: Warner Bros will be PAVING.
Maple Street (near North Main Street)
  • Monday-Tuesday: The Northampton Water Department will be installing a water service that will require Maple Street to be CLOSED between North Main Street and the Fire Station.
North Elm and Massasoit Streets
  • Thursday: Warner Bros will be PAVING.
Prospect Street/Finn Street
  • Monday-Thursday: Warner Bros, LLC will be adjusting structures, constructing ADA compliant handicap ramps.  Traffic control loops will be installed at Finn & King Street on THURSDAY.
Pine and Florence Streets
  • Monday-Wednesday: Jack Goncalves & Son will be making service connections and main tie-ins on Pine Street.
  • Thursday: Water line trench PAVING. 
Prospect and Finn Streets
  • Friday: Warner Bros will NOT BE be PAVING. 
Leeds Rail Trail
  • Monday-Friday: Gagliarducci Construction will doing tree clearing in preparation for extending the Rail Trail from the Grove Avenue connector approximately 1/2 mile toward Williamsburg. The Rail Trail will be officially closed from Florence Street and from Grove Avenue for the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be complete in late fall.  
Connecticut River Levee Repair
  • Monday-Friday: Kingsbury Construction Co. will continue removing vegetation and making repairs from Venturers Field Road toward Hockanum Road. Work is expected to continue through September. During construction, sections of the levee will be closed.
Industrial Drive
  • Monday-Friday:  Borges Construction has completed the sewer pipe installation along Bradford St. North to Industrial Drive and will be off site this week. They will return later to do some paving and surface restoration.
Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained where possible, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes, especially along Chesterfield and Reservoir Roads, Prospect, Finn, North Elm, Florence, Woodlawn, Massasoit and Pine 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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bridge Road Lane Closures

The Department of Public Works Sewer/Stormwater Division will be performing repairs to 2 manhole structures on Bridge Road on Thursday August  13th, 2015 between the hours of 7am to 3pm. There will be partial lane closures on Bridge Road between Juniper St. and Beech St. and between Chestnut St. and North Elm St. Both of these partial closures will be in the EAST BOUND LANE ONLY. Motorists are asked to proceed with caution when approaching these work zones and expect minor traffic delays. Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Construction Update - Week of August 10th

For the week of August 10th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

North Elm Street/Prospect Street/Finn Street
  • Monday-Friday: Warner Bros, LLC will be adjusting structures (manholes and catch basins), constructing ADA compliant handicap ramps at sidewalk/street intersections and installing traffic control loops.
    Prospect Street
    • Monday-Tuesday: Geeleher Construction will be making a deep excavation sewer repair.
    Leeds Rail Trail
    • Monday-Friday: Gagliarducci Construction will doing tree clearing in preparation for extending the Rail Trail from the Grove Avenue connector approximately 1/2 mile toward Williamsburg. The Rail Trail will be officially closed from Florence Street and from Grove Avenue for the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be complete in late fall.  
    Pine Street
    • Monday-Friday: Jack Goncalves & Son will be making service connections and paving water line trenches.
    Industrial Drive
    • Monday-Friday:  Borges Construction has completed the sewer pipe installation along Bradford St. North to Industrial Drive and will be off site this week. They will return later to do some paving and surface restoration. 
    Connecticut River Levee Repair
    • Kingsbury Construction Co. will continue removing vegetation and making repairs north of and near Venturers Field Road. Work is expected to continue through September. During construction, sections of the levee will be closed.
     Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes, especially along Prospect, Finn, North Elm and Pine 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, July 31, 2015

    Construction Update - Week of August 3rd - REVISED

    For the week of August 3rd, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

    Prospect Street/Finn Street/Massasoit Street/Woodlawn Avenue/North Elm Street
    •  Warner Bros, LLC will be milling the following streets. NO PARKING signs will be posted to allow the work to proceed. Except for short periods, access to residences and businesses will be maintained.
      • Monday-Tuesday: Prospect and Finn Streets
      • Wednesday: Massasoit Street
      • Thursday: Woodlawn Avenue
      • Friday: North Elm Street (Prospect St. to #110 North Elm St.)
    Prospect Street
    •  Wednesday-Friday: Geeleher Construction will be making a deep excavation sewer repair. 
    Pine Street
    • Monday-Friday: Jack Goncalves & Son will resume working on the water main and service connections.
    Industrial Drive
    • Monday-Friday:  Borges Construction will continue installing a sewer main along Bradford St. North starting near the bike path and proceeding to Industrial Drive. 
    Connecticut River Levee Repair
    • Kingsbury Construction Co. will begin removing vegetation and making repairs. Work is expected to continue through September. During construction, sections of the levee will be closed.
     Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes, especially along Prospect, Finn, Massasoit, Woodlawn, North Elm and Pine 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, July 24, 2015

    Construction Update - Week of July 27th

    For the week of July 27th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

    Various Streets
    • Monday-Friday: Sealcoating, Inc. will continue crack sealing various city streets beginning in the western end of the City and working easterly. The list of streets to be crack sealed, based on available funding, can be found here: http://northamptonma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3760
    Hawley Street
    • Tuesday-Friday: Geeleher Construction will be making a deep excavation sewer repair.
    Industrial Drive
    • Monday-Friday:  Borges Construction will continue installing a sewer main along Bradford St. North starting near the bike path and proceeding to Industrial Drive.
    Prospect Street/Finn Street/Massasoit Street/Woodlawn Avenue
    • Beginning the week of August 3rd Warner Bros., LLC will be milling these roadways and adjusting manholes and catch basins.
    Connecticut River Levee Repair
    • Kingsbury Construction Co. will be removing vegetation and making repairs. Work is expected to begin the week of August 3rd and continue through September. During construction, sections of the levee will be closed. Please check the DPW Blog or City website for project updates.
     Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes. 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, July 17, 2015

    DPW Wins 1st place for Driver Skill and Safety Training Event



    Matthew Wintle and Daniel Dion from Northampton Public Works attended and received 1st  place honors at a Drivers Skill and Safety Training event on July 15, 2015.   The event was sponsored by the Berkshire County Highway Superintendent’s Association and the Massachusetts Tri-County Highway Superintendent’s Association representing Western Massachusetts Municipal Highway Departments.

    The event focused on a safety quiz for team knowledge of defensive driving and winter maintenance operations, a pre-trip inspection for snow removal vehicles as taught/required under Commercial Drivers Licenses and a plow slalom course for driver accuracy and precision.

    The team has been invited to attend a Statewide event later this year.

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Construction Update - Week of July 20th

    For the week of July 20th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

    Reservoir Road
    • Friday: The Gorman Group will be placing a fog seal on Reservoir Road and recently patched areas of Chesterfield Road.
    Connecticut River Levee Repair
    • Kingsbury Construction Co. will be removing vegetation and making repairs. Work is expected to begin on or about July 27th and continue through September. During construction, sections of the levee will be closed. Please check the DPW Blog or City website for project updates.
    Various Streets
    • Monday-Friday: Sealcoating, Inc. will begin crack sealing various city streets beginning in the western end of the City and working easterly. The list of streets to be crack sealed, in alphabetical order, can be found here: http://northamptonma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3760
    Industrial Drive
    • Monday-Friday:  Borges Construction will continue installing a sewer main along Bradford St. North starting near the bike path and proceeding to Industrial Drive.
    Various Streets
    • Monday-Friday: Warner Bros., LLC will be installing construction signs at various locations where paving work will be occurring starting in early August.
    Pine Street
    • Monday-Friday: Jack Goncalves & Son will continue working on the water main and service connections.
     Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes. 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.

    Saturday, July 11, 2015

    Public Meeting on Water Supply System Asset Management Plan


    On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. the Public Works Commission and the Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting to have Tata & Howard present and discuss the Water Supply System Asset Management Plan. This presentation will be held at in the Community Room at JFK School, 100 Bridge Street.
    The purpose of the study was to identify areas of the system in need of rehabilitation, repair, or replacement and prioritize improvements to make the most efficient use of the City’s capital budget. The study evaluates the existing water infrastructure including water transmission and distribution piping and appurtenances. In addition, water storage needs were evaluated and prioritized.
    This important planning document will be used by the DPW to prioritize future water system improvement projects. The public is encouraged to attend.