Thursday, April 23, 2015

Paving Construction Update - Week of April 27th



For the week of April 27th, Warner Bros., LLC will be working on Bridge Road and the work consists of installing handicap ramps, berm and paving.
During working hours of 7 am to 5 pm, 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.  
Motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS on Bridge Road and nearby streets. Please obey directions from police officers and be considerate of the work area and other motorists. Your patience during this reconstruction process is appreciated. Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Water Main Replacement - Pine Street, Florence Road, Riverbank Road and Winslow Avenue



Jack Goncalves & Sons, Inc.  of Ludlow, MA will be starting work the last week of April to replace the existing water main, hydrants and services at the specified locations. Although construction will generally be in the roadway, it is anticipated that at least one travel will remain open throughout most of construction. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes where possible. 

The anticipated schedule for this work is:

  • Riverbank Road starting April 27 through the week of May 11th. 
  • Winslow Avenue from May 4 through the week of May 18. 
  • Florence Road and Pine street is anticipated from May 18 through mid-June. The work on Pine Street extends from Nonotuck Street to Spring Street/Florence Road. The work on Florence Road extends from Spring Street to Ryan Road.

Please check this blog for future scheduling updates. Thank you for your cooperation.

Paving construction Update - Week of April 20th

For the week of April 20th, Warner Bros., LLC will be working on Sylvester Road on Monday and begin reclaiming and milling Bridge Road during the remainder of the week.

Starting Tuesday, during working hours of 7 am to between 4 and 5 pm, 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.  

Motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS on Bridge Road and nearby streets. Please obey directions from police officers and be considerate of the work area and other motorists. Your patience during this reconstruction process is appreciated. Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Paving construction Update - Week of April 13th

Warner Bros., LLC will be completing their 2014 paving contract work beginning the week of April 13, 2015. During that week they will be preparing to reclaim and mill Bridge Road from Francis Street to near the intersection with King Street at the beginning of the week and will be working on Sylvester Road at the end of the week. The anticipated schedule is shown below.

Monday - Wednesday
  • Bridge Road - construction signs, layout and offset staking, lower manhole and catch basin structures
Thursday - Friday
  • Sylvester Road - shoulder restoration
One way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS along these routes, especially on Bridge Road. Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Paving Construction Update - April 2015

Warner Bros., LLC will be completing their 2014 paving contract work beginning the week of April 13, 2015. The work includes the milling, reclaiming and repaving of Bridge Road from Francis Street to near the intersection of King Street; completion of shoulder work on Sylvester Road and miscellaneous punch list items at other paving project locations that were substantially completed last year.

Work on BRIDGE ROAD that will affect traffic flow is anticipated to begin on Wednesday, April 15th and, weather permitting, will take approximately one month to complete. Motorists should EXPECT DELAYS along this heavily traveled route. Please plan accordingly and seek alternate routes.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Forest Harvest Walk

The Northampton DPW invites those interested to attend a walk on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 4PM - 5:30PM to view an active forest harvest that is occurring on water supply property off of Chesterfield, Kennedy and Sylvester Roads.

The walk begins at the intersection of Kennedy and Chesterfield Roads.  Carpooling is advised due to limited parking along the roadways.  Please click here for more information.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Roberts Meadow Brook Area - Red Pine Tree Removal Update

Public works has contracted with a tree service to remove red pine trees located on water supply property off of Chesterfield, Kennedy and Sylvester Roads.  The contractor started work today, March 5, 2015, and will continue to work into the spring as long as ground conditions are suitable.

Many sugar maple trees located underneath the red pine trees have been flagged with pink flagging to protect them during the removal of the red pines.  The goal for these forest stands is conversion from a red pine to a sugar maple/hardwood forest.  Most of the red pines will be removed using aerial techniques (e.g. crane, bucket truck, tree climbing) so that tops are removed prior to felling the tree. The goal of this tree removal method is to protect the understory hardwood trees.

Many of the red pines are located immediately adjacent to several City roads.  Some red pines, including dead trees, are directly adjacent to communication wires or power lines and pose a safety hazard.  DPW will arrange for police details to be present to manage traffic during the tree removal project. Please be aware that traffic may be reduced to one lane at times.

Red pine trees in this area are being removed due to the presence of red pine scale (Matsucoccus resinosae) on forested water supply property. The scale is a small, non-native insect that has been present in Massachusetts for some time. Once red pine scale becomes established within a forest stand it will likely infect all red pines resulting in complete mortality within 1-3 years. Many of the red pine trees in this area have, unfortunately, already died or are nearly dead from the pine scale infestation.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Stormwater Manager Awarded

At the Annual New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) Winter Conference in Boston on January 26, 2015, Douglas McDonald, the City of Northampton’s Stormwater Manager, was awarded the Golden Raindrop Award for his efforts related to stormwater management.  The Golden Raindrop Award is given to a person that has made notable contributions in the stormwater field.  Each year a NEWEA member receives this important award.

Doug has worked tirelessly to implement a new stormwater and flood control utility in Northampton.  He provided technical support to evaluate a multitude of proposed fee structures being considered by the City.   He provided valuable information to help residents and businesses understand the proposed stormwater ordinance. After the stormwater and flood control utility ordinance was approved unanimously by the City Council, he worked on implementation of the new utility, including the determination of fees for over 11,000 properties.  He managed to do all this new utility related work while still managing the City's compliance with its existing MS4 permit obligations.


Doug has truly made a major contribution to important City stormwater systems and funding needs.  As a result, the City stands as a role model for other New England communities considering a stormwater utility to meet funding challenges for stormwater infrastructure.

Several nominees were voted on by the members of the NEWEA Stormwater Committee. Mr. McDonald, this year’s inductee, was notified of his award by the Stormwater Committee Chair Virginia Roach and NEWEA President Matt Formica.  Inductees into the Golden Raindrop Society receive their NEWEA Golden Raindrop Society recognition pins and certificates during the NEWEA Annual Winter Conference.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Old South St Road Closure Planned

The City is experiencing a significant water system leak on Old South Street between the intersection with South Street and Clark Ave.  Public Works is planning to repair it beginning on Sunday night at 8:00PM to minimize traffic disruption in the downtown area.

For worker safety, Old South Street from the New South/South Street Intersection to Conz Street will be closed to traffic during that time.  Sidewalk access will be unaffected.  We are planning to reopen the road by 6:00AM Monday morning if repairs proceed normally.


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.