Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Damon Road Construction Advisory - Closure

Damon Road will be closed to all thru traffic starting on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. until Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. when the road is anticipated to open again.  Damon Road will be closed due to upgrades on the railroad crossing between King Street and Industrial Drive.  This railroad crossing upgrade is part of the Knowledge Corridor Project which will bring high speed rail service to Northampton and points beyond.


Damon Road will be open from Bridge Street (Route 9) to Industrial Drive.  Damon Road will be closed from King Street to Industrial Drive.

NO THRU TRAFFIC WILL BE ALLOWED ON DAMON ROAD.

Variable message boards will be set up during the week of July 28, 2014 at key locations to warn the traveling public in advance of this closing.  In addition Northampton Police Department will have Officers present at designated intersections to assist during the road closing along with general detour signs posted.  Local businesses should be open as usual on Damon Road and Industrial Drive.

Click here for a link to the contractor's flyer.



Monday, July 7, 2014

Preliminary Paving Schedule

Starting the week of July 21, 2014, Warner Brothers LLC of Sunderland will begin mobilizing to undertake repaving projects at various locations throughout the City. An overview of the locations and preliminary schedule is located here. A more detailed description of all pavement management occurring this year can be found here.

The contractor is required to maintain one lane traffic at all times except for brief closures that may be required to accommodate safe equipment movement. To avoid delays motorists should seek alternate routes while repaving construction is underway. This blog will be updated as required to provide more specific information once paving construction begins. Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Crack Sealing of City Streets

Beginning Friday, June 27th, pavement crack sealing will begin on Route 66 and continue on various streets throughout the City. The work will extend over the next several months as weather and contractor scheduling allow. Crack sealing will not occur if the pavement is wet or if wet weather is predicted.

The crack sealing operation will occur during regular construction hours (7 am - 3:30 pm). One travel lane will be open at all times by the NPD to maintain traffic flow during the crack sealing operations. Please be patient and obey the directions of the police officer on duty to ensure public safety. A list of the streets to be crack sealed is available at the DPW building, ask for Alex Bublik (413-587-1570 ext. 4312).

Thank you in advance for your patience while this maintenance work is being performed.

Friday, June 13, 2014

King St Brook and Sedimentation Pond Construction on the Northampton Bikeway

For the week of June 16th through the 20th, 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 PLACE AND STODDARD ST. DURING THE WEEK 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 PLACE, PROSPECT STREET AND  STODDARD STREET.

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.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Elm Street/Route 9 Road Work at Smith College

Beginning Monday, June 9th, Gagliarducci Construction will begin installing utility lines for Smith College. The contractor will be trenching across Elm Street/Route 9 from John M. Greene Hall to the Cutter/Ziskind dorm near the intersection with Prospect Street.

The contractor is required to maintain two-way traffic at all times. Police details will be used to maintain traffic flow, but motorists should expect delays and, if possible, seek alternate routes.

During work hours (typically 7 am to 5 pm) the contractor will be occupying one side or the other of the roadway, and two-way traffic will be established outside the work zone. Steel plates will be placed over the work area when the contractor is not working, and normal driving lanes will be used.  The work is expected to continue through June and most of July.

This is a Smith College project. Please contact Charlie Conant at 413-585-2424 if you have questions or concerns about the work. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pavement Projects for FY15

The Department of Public Works has developed a Pavement Management Program that proposes to expend approximately 2.5 million dollars on a variety of pavement treatments over the course of fiscal year 2015. A memorandum from the DPW to the Board of Public Works describing the various roadway treatments, the locations where they will be applied and their approximate costs can be found here.

Currently, a Crack Sealing contract has been awarded, and contracts for Chip Seal, Mill & Overlay and Reclaim work are out to bid with bids due in mid-June and work anticipated to begin in late July. Given the magnitude of the work, some projects may not be completed until the spring of 2015.

The DPW will provide updates on the construction schedule when that information becomes available from the contractors who are awarded the work. Updates will be provided throughout the construction season as work progresses. Feel free to contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you have any questions.     

 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lilly Lashway, Water Management Internship

Northampton High School Senior, Lily Lashway, joined the DPW as an intern this past semester.  The goals of the internship program included: understanding the various watershed management activities and their importance for source water protection; developing an understanding of the processes involved in the water treatment of a public drinking water supply; and understanding the importance of forest management in maintaining and creating a resilient forest for the purposes of water quality protection.

Lily updated the reservoir ranger's report form, created a database for trail cam photos, attended an active timber harvest walk, toured the water treatment facility and drafted an informative watershed pamphlet.  DPW would like to wish her all the best on her future endeavors.

For Lily's perspective on her internship experience click here

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Water Main Break on Service Center Road

At approximately 6:45 am on Tuesday, May 12 there was a water main break on Service Center Road. The break was isolated by shutting valves at Pleasant Street and behind Millbank Place. Several businesses on Service Center Road will remain without water until the break is fixed. National Grid has been contacted to restrain a utility pole near the break so that excavation for the repair can begin. It is anticipated that the break will be repaired and water service restored by late afternoon.

Due to high water pressure in the location of the break there were high volume flows throughout the water system. These flows may result in cloudy water througout the system. This is a temporary condition that will clear up in a few hours. Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you have questions.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Northampton Water Department Receives 2014 Public Water System Award

On May 6, 2014 the City of Northampton Water Department received the Department of Environmental Protection 2014 Public Water System Award for Outstanding Performance and Achievement in 2013.  The award, in the Medium to Large Community public water system category, was accepted by James R. Laurila, P.E., City Engineer, and Greg Nuttelman, Water Superintendent on behalf of the Department of Public Works at a recent awards ceremony.   Please see the attached award ceremony photograph with David Cash DEP Commissioner and photos of the Award received.

On the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, we are particularly proud of this accomplishment of the City's Water Department.  It is the day to day dedication of the staff in the Water Department that makes an award like this possible.   The skills of licensed distribution operators, licensed treatment plant operators, engineers, scientists, water meter readers, clerical and accounting staff result in Northampton having one of the best water systems in the state.

These awards are issued to water suppliers that took the initiative to venture above and beyond compliance with the drinking water regulations in 2013.

Special acknowledgment and credit go to David Sparks, who was the City's Water Superintendent in 2013, the operational year used by DEP to determine award recipients.



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

National Public Works Week

May 18 through May 24, 2014 will be the 54th celebration of National Public Works Week (NPWW). This week is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.  NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. This week seeks to enhance the prestige of the public works and the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.


Since 1960, APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week. Across North America, our more than 28,000 members in the US and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of the contribution of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating the heart of our local communities and building the quality of life.  This years theme "Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow" represents the classic idea of stewardship embodied by the profession of public works and the professionals that practice it.

Focusing on the communities; "building" points out the day to day aspect of public works that is quality of life, while "planning" references the sustainable practices that ensure that quality of life for future generations. 

Take a moment to reflect on what Northampton Public Works provides 24/7/365 to its citizens, businesses and overall community; high quality drinking water, treatment of wastewater, parks and recreational fields, cemeteries, roadways, sidewalks, railtrails, snow and ice control, traffic signals, solid waste disposal and recycling, stormwater and flood control systems to name a few. Look around your community and see how Public Works serves you.  The staff care deeply about serving the City and take great pride in their work.

Tours of the following City Facilities will be given to the public on Tuesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 22ond at 9:00 a.m.

Water Treatment Plant (137 Mountain Street, Haydenville)
Waste Water Treatment Plant and Flood Control (33 Hockanum Road, Northampton)
Public Works Barn (125 Locust Street, Northampton)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Main Street Crosswalk at Thornes Market Update

After removing the old stripes and laying out the new striping pattern overnight on Sunday, April 27th, the DPW painted the white stripes for the crosswalk at Thornes Market overnight on Monday, april 28th. Crews will be working through the day today, Tuesday, April 29th, to install the rainbow colored stripes.

Installation of the striping may impact traffic flow along Main Street today. Please respect the work zone to allow the crews to complete the work efficiently. Until the work is complete, pedestrians should use the nearby crosswalks at Center Street and Crackerbarell Alley while work is underway. Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Water Main Flushing Begins May 5th

The Northampton Department of Public Works, through the Water Division, will begin its annual systematic water main flushing program on May 5, 2014. Crews will be going out Monday through Friday from 3:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. for approximately 4 weeks.

The flushing will begin in the Ward 7 Leeds area and proceed through Florence and Bay State, continuing to downtown Northampton and Ward 3.  Water customers may temporarily experience low water pressure or discolored water while this work is completed.

The flushing program is performed at the recommendation of the Department of Environmental Protection to maintain high quality water standards.  For further information, contact the Northampton D.P.W. Water Division at 587-1097.