A few Updates from the Fitchburg DPW 1/26/19

A few Updates from the Fitchburg DPW 1/26/19:
🚧Water Street Bridge: Design has not started. 25% design expected Jan 2020. Will be advertised in April 2021
New bridge over Boulder Drive will have 3 lanes northbound, 2 lanes southbound, bike lanes, sidewalks
🌳Rollstone Hill Rock Walk project: Approved for Student Conservation Association Crews in 2019
💦 Started researching different revenue opportunities for water department for the watershed forestland. There are several possibilities such as selling carbon offset credits or timber harvesting.
🎾CDBG reimbursement work: Continued to remove tennis courts at Goodrich Playground
💦 Shut off water at 60 Scott Road at tap (no curbstop present) following City taking possession of the property.
💦Reservoir levels as of 1/25/19: Meetinghouse=full, Mare Meadow=full, Bickford=full, Fitchburg/Ashby=full, Scott=full, Lovell=full

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Detention Swale on Shea St near Cathy St was FULL Tonight!

In case you were wondering what the HUGE new Detention Swale on Shea St near Cathy St looks like when full...the full swale was overflowing onto Shea St (as designed) from a huge amount of water + plugged up drain screens... our dpw was here in the rain cleaning the screens of leaves to get the water to flow through the drainage system faster. 18" Culverts out in two locations with a dedicated line out towards the Notown. Deepest point in swale is about 8ft!
Engineer Nick Erickson said before this was built there would be 2 ft of water in the road...so it is working!

Fitchburg Wastewater Beginning Design of Major Sewer Infranstructure Project

Beginning on November 1st, the City’s Engineering Consultant, Weston & Sampson, will begin investigative and survey work for the City as the first step in the design progress of of Consent Decree in that the City eliminate Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) to the Nashua River. The first step will include Sewer Smoke Testing. The smoke testing is anticipated to be performed over an approximate two week period, and is expected to be completed by Friday - November 16th. “Smoke testing is a non-toxic industry-standard technique to locate problems in the sewer collection system that allow non-revenue groundwater and rain water to enter the sewer system,” said Mr. Maressa,
“Although the smoke is non-hazardous to humans, pets, or material goods, residents can still minimize the chance that smoke will enter buildings by running a few gallons of water into plumbing traps within their homes or businesses to ensure they’re filled with water. A plumbing trap that is filled with water will prevent smoke from entering homes and buildings provided that the proper plumbing is installed and functioning properly.”

💧Water Main Replacement in FitchburgMass Streets 2018

💧Water Main Replacement in FitchburgMass Streets 2018:
The following streets (in no particular order) are being done this spring/year (a continuation of last year’s project):

- Brigham Park, beginning just beyond Oak
- Beacon Street, from Atlantic to Summer
- Westminster Hill Road, from Castle to Bishop
- Park Street, from Main Street to end
- Jerry Street, from Jackson to Hardy
- Congress Place, from Congress Street to end of existing water main
- Winch Street

*The DPW Street Paving list is not out yet... but the Water, Sewer, Unitil (Gas) and DPW coordinate to ensure multiple functions addressed at the same time before streets get re-paved curb-to-curb