Friday, January 15, 2016

Northampton’s Drinking Water Lead Levels Well Below Federal Limits in 2015

The ongoing drinking water emergency in Flint, Michigan has caused an increase in media discussion regarding lead in drinking water. Northampton’s water is treated daily to comply with federal lead regulations. 

In 2015, thirty samples were taken from locations across Northampton and analyzed for lead. Half of these samples showed no lead contamination and the highest result was .00839 mg/l, well below the Federal Action Level of .015 mg/l.

The situation in Flint resulted from the water system failing to implement the proper treatment after making an abrupt change in supply source.

For more information on lead in drinking water please visit:
http://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/lead-and-copper-rule

Complete information on Northampton’s drinking water will be published in our Consumer Confidence Report for 2015.  This report will be mailed with your water bill in the coming months.

Please contact the Water Division at 413-587-1097 if you have any questions.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bridge St Cemetery Preservation Plan and Public Forum

Bridge Street Cemetery is having a Master Plan for Preservation created.  Northampton Public Works has posted documents associated with this project at the following link.  As new documents are received they will be added to this folder.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-1XA9WgFqjLLXJKejlHREFmWDQ

There will be a public forum about the preservation plan on Thursday, Feb 11th from 7-8:30pm at the Northampton Senior Center.  All are welcome to listen and contribute to the current draft plan.

For further information contact James Laurila, Northampton City Engineer.
jlaurila@northamptonma.gov
(413) 587-1570 x4307

Friday, December 18, 2015

Construction Update - Week of December 21st

For the week of December 21st, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

There will be no work on Friday December 25th, Christmas Day.

Bliss Street
  • Geeleher Construction is scheduled to begin replacing the water main from Scanlon Avenue to Willow Street the week of December 21st. The work is anticipated to be completed in 4-6 weeks. The contractor will maintain the trench patch through the winter with final roadway patching and restoration of other disturbed areas in the Spring of 2016.    
Various Streets Repaved in 2015
  • Warner Bros has substantially completed work on various streets that were repaved in 2015. New signage on these streets will be installed within the next few weeks.  Seeding of disturbed areas, shoulder work on Chesterfield and Audubon Roads as well as final clean up and demobilizaton will occur in the Spring of 2016.  
Warner Street - Hinckley Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Ludlow construction has completed the sewer main and service connections. The road will be milled and repaved in the Spring if 2016 along with final restoration to driveways, sidewalks and lawns that were disturbed by construction.
Pulaski Park
  • Monday-Thursday: Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. will continue the renovation of Pulaski Park. Main Street sidewalk construction is complete, and the temporary bus stop and pedestrian detours have been removed. PVTA will install a new bus shelter after the first of the year.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which will be completed by June 2016. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Caracas Construction has substantially completed the underground utility work. Final details will be completed this week. Utility companies will begin removing overhead lines and installing underground lines.
Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained where possible, 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, December 11, 2015

Construction Update - Week of December 14th

For the week of December 14th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Bliss Street
  • A contract to replace the Bliss Street water main has been awarded to Geeleher Construction. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of December 21st and be completed as soon as possible.  
Various Streets Repaved in 2015
  • Warner Bros has substantially completed work on various streets that were repaved in 2015. New signage on these streets will be installed within the next few weeks.  Seeding of disturbed areas, shoulder work on Chesterfield and Audubon Roads as well as final clean up and demobilizaton will occur in the Spring of 2016.  
Warner Street - Hinckley Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Monday-Friday: Ludlow construction has substantially completed the sewer main and service connections and will be cleaning up the site for the winter. The road will be milled and repaved in the Spring if 2016 along with final restoration to driveways, sidewalks and lawns that were disturbed by construction.
Pulaski Park
  • Monday-Friday: Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. will continue the renovation of Pulaski Park. Main Street sidewalk construction is complete, and the temporary bus stop and pedestrian detours have been removed. PVTA will install a new bus shelter after the first of the year.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which will be completed by June 2016. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Caracas Construction has substantially completed the underground utility work. Final details will be completed this week. Utility companies will begin removing overhead lines and installing underground lines.
Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained where possible, 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.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Winter Closure of Old Springfield Road Bridge

The Northampton Department of Public Works will be performing the annual closing of the Old Springfield Road bridge for the winter on Wednesday December 9, 2015.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause motorists.  The bridge will reopen in the spring of 2016 after the Connecticut River flood season has ended.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Construction Update - Week of December 7th

For the week of December 7th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Bliss Street
  • A contract to replace the Bliss Street water main has been awarded to Geeleher Construction. Construction is anticipated to begin as early as the week of December 14th and be completed as soon as possible.  
Various Streets Repaved in 2015
  • Warner Bros has substantially completed work on various streets that were repaved in 2015. New signage on these streets will be installed within the next few weeks.  Seeding of disturbed areas, shoulder work on Chesterfield and Audubon Roads as well as final clean up and demobilizaton will occur in the Spring of 2016.  
Warner Street - Hinckley Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Monday-Friday: Ludlow construction will continue installing the new sewer main. The block between Hinckley Street and Norwood Avenue will be accessible to residents only and otherwise closed. RH White will continue replacing the gas main and services on Norwood Avenue and Maplewood Terrace.
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. will continue the renovation of Pulaski Park. Main Street sidewalk construction is complete, and the temporary bus stop and pedestrian detours have been removed. PVTA will install a new bus shelter after the first of the year.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which will be completed by June 2016. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Caracas Construction will continue installing underground utility conduit near the Roundhouse. Parking in the aisle nearest the bus station will be restricted as needed to accommodate the construction.
Leeds Rail Trail
  • Gagliarducci Construction will continue 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.
Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained where possible, 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.

Monday, November 30, 2015

West Street Closure for Flood Wall Trial Deployment - December 3rd

The Mill River Flood Control gate at West St. (Rt 66) will be installed on Thursday, December 3, 2015 for a scheduled trial deployment and inspection to satisfy requirements set forth by the Army Corp of Engineers.

During this event West St. will be closed to through traffic. Local traffic will have access to residences and businesses on West Street and adjacent streets up to the Mill River. Route 66 eastbound traffic will be detoured along Earle and South Streets. Route 66 westbound traffic will be detoured along South Street to Earle Street. Please seek alternate routes to avoid this work area. This closure is expected to last from 7:30am until 3pm.

Construction Update - Week of November 30th

For the week of November 30th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Various Streets Repaved in 2015
  • Warner Bros has substantially completed work on various streets that were repaved in 2015. New signage on these streets will be installed within the next few weeks.  Seeding of disturbed areas, shoulder work on Chesterfield and Audubon Roads as well as final clean up and demobilizaton will occur in the Spring of 2016.  
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. will continue the renovation of Pulaski Park. Main Street sidewalk construction is complete, and the temporary bus stop and pedestrian detours have been removed. PVTA will install a new bus shelter after the first of the year.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which will be completed by June 2016. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Caracas Construction will continue installing underground utility conduit near the Roundhouse. Parking in the aisle nearest the bus station will be restricted as needed to accommodate the construction.
Warner Street - Hinckley Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Monday-Friday: Ludlow construction will continue installing the new sewer main. The block between Hinckley Street and Norwood Avenue will be accessible to residents only and otherwise closed. RH White will continue replacing the gas main and services on Norwood Avenue and Maplewood Terrace.
Leeds Rail Trail
  • Gagliarducci Construction will continue 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.
Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained where possible, 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, November 20, 2015

Construction Update - Week of November 23rd

For the week of November 23rd, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

There will be NO WORK on Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving.

Pine, Nonotuck, Maple Milton and Clark Streets, Florence Road and Pomeroy Terrace
  • Monday-Tuesday: Markings, Inc. will be applying roadway striping and crosswalk markings.
  • Monday-Wednesday and Friday: Warner Bros will be working on driveways and installing loam.
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. will continue the renovation of Pulaski Park. Main Street sidewalk construction is complete, and the temporary bus stop and pedestrian detours have been removed. PVTA will install a new bus shelter after the first of the year.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which will be completed by June 2016. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open. A temporary pedestrian detour will be in place on Main Street until sidewalk replacement work is complete.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Caracas Construction will continue installing underground utility conduit near the Roundhouse. Parking in the aisle nearest the bus station will be restricted as needed to accommodate the construction.
Warner Street - Hinckley Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Monday-Wednesday: Ludlow construction will continue installing the new sewer main. The block between federal Street and Hinckley Street will be accessible to residents only and otherwise closed. RH White will continue replacing the gas main and services on Norwood Avenue and Maplewood Terrace.
Leeds Rail Trail
  • Gagliarducci Construction will continue 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.
Unless otherwise indicated above, one way traffic will be maintained where possible, 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, November 13, 2015

Construction Update - Week of November 16th

 For the week of November 16th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Milton Street
  • Monday: Warner Bros will be PAVING the top pavement course.
  • Thursday-Friday: Warner Bros will be working on driveways and installing loam. 
Maple and Nonotuck Streets
  •  The TRAFFIC PATTERN HAS CHANGED AT THE INTERSECTION with Nonotuck  Street. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION to NEW SIGNAGE
  • Monday: Warner Bros will be PAVING.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday: Warner Bros will be working on driveways and sidewalks and installing loam.
Winslow Avenue
  • Monday: Warner Bros will be PAVING.
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. will continue the renovation of Pulaski Park. The bus stop has been moved to in front of Memorial Hall for Main Street sidewalk construction. A temporary pedestrian detour is in place on Main Street until the new sidewalk is complete.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which will be completed by June 2016. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open. A temporary pedestrian detour will be in place on Main Street until sidewalk replacement work is complete.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Caracas Construction will continue installing underground utility conduit near the Roundhouse. Parking in the aisle nearest the bus station will be restricted as needed to accommodate the construction.
Warner Street - Hinckley Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Ludlow construction will deliver materials on Monday and begin installing the new sewer on Tuesday. RH White will continue replacing the gas main and services on Norwood Avenue and Maplewood Terrace.
Leeds Rail Trail
  • Gagliarducci Construction will continue 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.
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 on Milton, Maple Streets and Winslow Avenue. 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, November 6, 2015

Construction Update - Week of November 9th - REVISED

 For the week of November 9th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

The Pine Street Bridge has REOPENED.
There will be NO WORK on Wednesday in observance of Veteran's Day.

Milton Street
  • Monday-Tuesday: Warner Bros will be adjusting structures.
  • Monday, November 16th: Warner Bros will be PAVING the top pavement course.
Maple and Nonotuck Streets
  • Monday-Tuesday: Warner Bros will be reconstructing the intersection at Nonotuck Street and installing bituminous curb and sidewalk. The lower section of Maple Street will be CLOSED during intersection reconstruction and a DETOUR will be in place. The TRAFFIC PATTERN WILL CHANGE AT THIS INTERSECTION. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION to NEW SIGNAGE
  • Thursday: Warner Bros will be doing detail work and preparing for paving.
  • Monday, November 16th: Warner Bros will be PAVING.
Winslow Avenue
  • Tuesday: Warner Bros will be adjusting structures to prepare for a pavement overlay.
  • Monday, November 16th: Warner Bros will be PAVING.
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. will continue the renovation of Pulaski Park. The bus shelter will be removed toward the end of the week for Main Street sidewalk construction. A temporary pedestrian detour will be in place on Main Street until the new sidewalk is complete in the next couple of weeks.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which will be completed by June 2016. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open. A temporary pedestrian detour will be in place on Main Street until sidewalk replacement work is complete.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Caracas Construction will continue installing underground utility conduit near the Roundhouse. Parking in the aisle nearest the bus station will be restricted as needed to accommodate the construction.
Warner Street - Hinckley Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Ludlow construction will begin replacing the sewer. RH White will continue replacing the gas main and services on Norwood Avenue and Maplewood Terrace.
Leeds Rail Trail
  • Gagliarducci Construction will continue 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.
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 on Milton, Maple Streets and Winslow Avenue. 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, October 30, 2015

Construction Update - Week of November 2nd

For the week of November 2nd, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled: 

Ryan & Florence Roads and Pine & Spring Streets
  • The Pine Street Bridge will be closed until paving on Pine Street occurs. Detour signs will be in place and motorists should seek alternate routes.
  • Tuesday: Warner Bros will be adjusting structures and constructing ADA compliant ramps at the Ryan and Florence Road Intersection.
  • Wednesday: Miscellaneous roadway patching
  • Thursday: PAVING of Florence Road and Spring Street.
  • Friday: PAVING of Pine and Nonotuck Streets
Milton Street
  •  Monday-Tuesday: Warner Bros will be excavating, compacting and grading the roadway.
  • Thursday: Warner Bros will be PAVING the binder pavement course.
Maple and Nonotuck Streets
  • Thursday-Friday: Warner Bros will be reconstructing the intersection at Nonotuck Street and grading and paving the sidewalk near West Center Street. The lower section of Maple Street will be CLOSED during intersection reconstruction and a DETOUR will be in place.
Winslow Avenue
  • Thursday: Warner Bros will be placing asphalt to level the roadway in preparation for a pavement overlay.
Pomeroy Terrace & Clark Avenue
  • Friday: Warner Bros will be PAVING
Pulaski Park
  • Monday-Friday: Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. will continue the renovation of Pulaski Park. The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which will be completed by June 2016. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open. A temporary pedestrian detour will be in place on Main Street until sidewalk replacement work is complete.
 Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Monday-Friday: Caracas Construction will continue installing underground utility conduit near the Roundhouse. Parking in the aisle nearest the bus station will be restricted as needed to accommodate the construction. 
Warner Street - Hinckley Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Monday-Friday: Ludlow construction will begin replacing the sewer the week of November 9th, starting at the intersection with Federal Street. RH White will continue replacing the gas main and services on Norwood Avenue and Maplewood Terrace.
Leeds Rail Trail
  • Tuesday-Friday: Gagliarducci Construction will continue 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.

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 the area around the Ryan and Florence Road intersection, Milton, Maple, Pine and Nonotuck Streets, Pomeroy Terrace and Clark Avenue. 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.