Friday, September 23, 2016

Temporary Road Closure of Round Hill Road-UPDATED

 The Department of Public Works in conjunction with the Building Commissioner has reopened Round Hill Road to thru traffic.

 Please be advised that there are still ongoing debris removal operations taking place at Rogers Hall. Pedestrians and Motorists are advised to proceed with caution when approaching the construction site.

This message will be updated as needed during this operation.
Thank You.

Constrcution Update - Week of September 26th


For the week of September 26th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Cracksealing on various streets

Sidewalk Inventory - During the month of September, 5 teams of two people each will be conducting an inventory of all City sidewalks, ramps and curbs. This will include video technology that that uses a wheelchair mounted tablet to collect data.

155 Pleasant Street (Adjacent to the Bike Path) - Preparation for the demolition of 129 Pleasant Street (to be renumbered as 155) and construction of a new building at this location will begin this week. Utility work in Pleasant Street will begin the week of 9/26/16 and should take several weeks.

Conz and Pleasant Streets - Roundabout Construction - Gomes Construction of Ludlow is the general contractor for the roundabout construction under a contract with MassDOT.  Gomes will be continuing with roundabout construction.
    Through traffic will be maintained at all times, except as noted above. Lane closures for one-way traffic are restricted to between 9 am and 4 pm. Please seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS at this location.

Elm Street and College Lane - Scapes Construction is the general contractor for Smith College working on relocating utilities at Elm Street for the construction of new entry gates  and drainage and roadway improvements on College Lane.

If possible, motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS, especially on Pleasant Street and the intersection of Pleasant and Conz 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.

Tree Removals at the Round House Parking Lot

The Department of Public Works will be removing trees and under-story growth from the back of Pulaski Park and the Round House Parking Lot on Saturday September 24, 2016 and Sunday September 25, 2016, 7am to 3pm.

This work needs to be completed during this time frame in order not interfere with pedestrians and vehicles parking in the Round House Lot. The tree removal is part of phase II of the Pulaski Park renovation. The Northwest area of the Round House Lot will have multiple parking spaces blocked off in order to set up a staging area for this project.

Pedestrians and Motorists are asked to use extreme caution when approaching this work zone.

This message will be updated as needed.
Thank You.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Alternating Lane Closure Florence Rd September 22, 2016

The Department of Public Works will be closing a single travel lane on Florence Road between Cross Street and Scanlon Avenue on September 22, 2016.

The lane closure on Florence Road will be from 7:30am to 2:30pm for the purpose of road bed preparation for the permanent speed tables. The road will have one lane open at all times during this project, and police details will be present.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes if possible, and please be prepared for traffic delays. Motorists are advised to approach this work zone with caution.

This message will be updated as needed, thank you for your cooperation

Friday, September 16, 2016

Construction Update - Week of September 26th

For the week of September 26th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Cracksealing on various streets


Sidewalk Inventory - During the month of September, 5 teams of two people each will be conducting an inventory of all City sidewalks, ramps and curbs. This will include video technology that that uses a wheelchair mounted tablet to collect data.

155 Pleasant Street (Adjacent to the Bike Path) - Preparation for the demolition of 129 Pleasant Street (to be renumbered as 155) and construction of a new building at this location will begin this week. Utility work in Pleasant Street will begin the week of 9/26/16 and should take several weeks.

Conz and Pleasant Streets - Roundabout Construction - Gomes Construction of Ludlow is the general contractor for the roundabout construction under a contract with MassDOT.  Gomes will be continuing with roundabout construction.
    Through traffic will be maintained at all times, except as noted above. Lane closures for one-way traffic are restricted to between 9 am and 4 pm. Please seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS at this location.

Elm Street and College Lane - Scapes Construction is the general contractor for Smith College working on relocating utilities at Elm Street for the construction of new entry gates  and drainage and roadway improvements on College Lane. 

If possible, motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS, especially on Pleasant Street and the intersection of Pleasant and Conz 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.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Temporary Road Closure of Aldrich Street September 15, 2016

The Department of Public Works will be temporarily closing Aldrich Street due to a water main break on September 15, 2016.

The road will be closed to thru traffic starting at 7:30am and last until the Water Division completes repairing the water main.

This section of roadway will be accessible for local residents only, motorists and pedestrians are advised to be extremely cautious when approaching this work zone.

This message will be updated as needed during this operation.

Thank You

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Temporary Closure of Summer Street September 14, 2016

Summer Street will be temporarily closed today September 14, 2016 between Aldrich and Prospect Streets. This closure is needed so the Dept. of Public Works can complete a emergency repair of a broken storm water line. The closure will last between 8:30am to 2:30pm.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Temporary Road Closure of Burts Pit Road at Sunset Hill - Monday, September 12th

Palmer Paving will be closing Burts Pit Road at Sunset Hill (between the Community Gardens and Clement Street) on Monday, September 12th from 7 am to approximately 1 pm to undertake cold-in-place recycling. The roadway will be closed to all vehicles and a detour via Route 66 and Florence Road will be in place.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Temporary Road Closure of Round Hill Road Extended to September 23, 2016

 The Department of Public Works in conjunction with the Building Commissioner will be extending the closure of Round Hill Road to thru traffic from Elm Street to Bancroft Road starting Friday September 9, 2016 until Friday September 23rd, 2016.

This extension is required in order to continue to safely remove fire debris from the damaged building at 49 Round Hill Road, pending disposition of the structure. The close proximity of the work zone to the road edge is too narrow for passing vehicles while excavators load large dump trucks and dumpsters in and around the roadway.

This section of roadway will be accessible for local residents only, and the contractors who are involved in this operation.  Motorists and pedestrians are advised to be extremely cautious when approaching this work zone.

This message will be updated as needed during this operation.
Thank You.

Construction Update - Week of September 12th

For the week of September 12th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Park Street - Roadway Improvements
  • Monday-Wednesday: Palmer Paving will be doing driveways and miscellaneous work in preparation for PAVING on TUESDAY. The roadway will be closed during work hours and DETOURS will be in place. Motorist should SEEK ALTERNATE ROUTES.
  • Thursday: Pavement markings.
Locust Street and Bridge Street
  • Tuesday: Palmer Paving will be PAVING the side street entrances off Locust Street
  • Thursday: Pavement markings on both streets
Burts Pit Road (Sunset Hill)
  • Monday: Gorman Roads will be doing cold-in-place recycling on Burts Pit Road at Sunset Hill. The roadway will be CLOSED to through traffic from Clement Street to Chapel Street/Rte 66 from 7:00 am to approximately noon and a DETOUR will be in place.
Park Hill Road
  • Friday: Palmer Paving will be PAVING. One way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT delays.
Sidewalk Inventory
  •  During the month of September, 5 teams of two people each will be conducting an inventory of all City sidewalks, ramps and curbs. This will include video technology that that uses a wheelchair mounted tablet to collect data. 
155 Pleasant Street (Adjacent to the Bike Path)
  • Preparation for the demolition of 129 Pleasant Street (to be renumbered as 155) and construction of a new building at this location will begin this week. Utility work in Pleasant Street will begin the week of 9/19/16 and should take several weeks. 
Federal Street at Nutting Avenue
  • Tuesday-Wednesday: Geeleher Construction will be undertaking drainage repairs   
Conz and Pleasant Streets - Roundabout Construction
  • Gomes Construction of Ludlow is the general contractor for the roundabout construction under a contract with MassDOT.
  • Gomes will be continuing with utility installation and roundabout construction.
  • Through traffic will be maintained at all times, except as noted above. Lane closures for one-way traffic are restricted to between 9 am and 4 pm. Please seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS at this location. 
Elm Street and College Lane
  • Scapes Construction is the general contractor for Smith College working on relocating utilities at Elm Street for the construction of new entry gates  and drainage and roadway improvements on College Lane.  
If possible, motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS, especially on Park Street, Park Hill Road, Burts Pit Road, Pleasant Street and the intersection of Pleasant and Conz 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.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Temporary Closure of Kensington Avenue

The Department of Public Works will be temporarily closing Kennsington Avenue to thru traffic from Elm Street to Dryad's Green on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 7:30 am to 10:00 am for paving over the sewer repair that was completed earlier in the week. Residents and emergency vehicles will be able to access the road from the Dryad’s Green end.

This message will be updated as needed, thank you for your cooperation

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Public Comment Period on Watershed Assessment

All City Northampton water supply property (except two recently acquired parcels totaling 8 acres) have MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) approved Forest Stewardship Plans.  Additionally, this property is enrolled in Green Certification through the MA DCR Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Group Certification.

FSC is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that promotes the responsible management of the world’s forests. Forest certification is a third party auditing system of forest management practices.  The principles and criteria established by FSC promote ecologically beneficial, socially responsible, economically viable forest management practices.

Per FSC policy, DCR is required to complete a High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) Assessment for all properties enrolled in the MA DCR FSC Group. HCVFs are forest areas that need to be appropriately managed in order to maintain or enhance identified High Conservation Values (HCVs).  HCVs encompass exceptional or critical ecological attributes, ecosystem services, and social functions.  Under certification, areas identified as HCVFs may be harvested, but management activities must maintain or enhance the HCVs present.  As the forest on Northampton water supply property functions as source water protection to the City’s drinking water supply it is considered a HCVF.

Copies of the HCVF Assessments, MA DCR’s Description of the System for Identifying and Maintaining High Conservation Value Forests on Member Properties, and the FSC-US Draft High Conservation Value Forest Assessment Framework can be viewed here.

FSC policy requires that these Assessments and documents be available to the public for review.  Hard copies are available at the Department of Public Works located at 125 Locust Street, Northampton, MA and will be available for review and comment until September 9th.

All comments should be provided in writing and sent to Donna LaScaleia, Director, Northampton DPW, 125 Locust Street, Northampton, MA.