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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
PROJECT UPDATE

Updated

October 13, 2017

Contact:

Len Cawley
(617) 305-5757, Leonard.Cawley@mwra.com


Update for MWRA Northern Intermediate High
Project in Stoneham and Wakefield
(MWRA Contract 7478)

Overview of work to be performed in Stoneham under MWRA Contract 7478

About This Project

The Northern Intermediate High Project will provide water system redundancy to MWRA's Northern Immediate High service area, which serves the fully-supplied communities of Reading and Stoneham and to the partially-supplied communities of Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn.

MWRA supplies water to the Northern Intermediate High service communities through a single transmission main: Section 89. Because there is currently no fully-redundant pipeline for Section 89, it can not be taken out of service for inspection and repairs. The potential loss of Section 89 would result in a rapid loss of service in Reading, Stoneham and Woburn, and possible water restrictions in Wakefield, Wilmington and Winchester.

MWRA is installing a total of 36,000 linear feet of new water main varying in diameter from 12-in to 48-inch (Sections 110 and 112) and appurtenances such as valves, that will provide water system redundancy and allow MWRA to take Section 89 out of service for inspection and rehabilitation.

This work is to be performed through four construction contracts. The first contract was completed in May 2015.  The overall project is expected to be complete in June 2019.

For more information, please contact Jeff McLaughlin at (617) 305-5762.

Work in Stoneham:

Under Contract 7478, MWRA contractors will install 7,800 linear feet of 48-inch diameter water main (Section 110) in Stoneham.

This work is expected to commence Spring 2016 and be complete in September, 2018.

For more information, please contact Jeff McLaughlin at (617) 305-5762.

Updates

10/13/17

Construction Update

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Progress graph

Installation Progress

Work accomplished:

  • Crew continued work on North Street near Northgate installing 48-inch water main
  • Crew continued work on Forest Street near North installing 48-inch water main
  • Crew continued work on Oak Street near Weld installing 48-inch water main
  • Crew continued work on Oak Street near Royal installing drain culvert and installing 48-inch water main
  • Crew working on Cottage Street Stoneham installing 48-inch water main

Future work areas:

  • Crew to start at Cottage Street Stoneham installing 48-inch water main

Construction photos:

Installing 8-foot drain clulvert at Royal and Oak Streets

Installing 8-foot drain clulvert at Royal and Oak Streets

08/09/17

Construction Update

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Progress graph Aug 2017

Installation Progress

Work accomplished :

  • Crew continued work on North Street near Curve Road Stoneham installing48-inch water main
  • Crew continued work on Oak Street near Myopia Stoneham installing 48-inch water main
  • Crew continued work on Oak Street near Elm Stoneham installing 48-inch water main

Future work areas:

  • Crew to start at Cottage Street Stoneham installing 48-inch water main

Construction photos:

MWRA: Installing 48-inch restrained joint pipe on Oak Street outside school Stoneham

Installing 48-inch restrained joint pipe on Oak Street outside school Stoneham

July 28, 2017

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Beginning on July 31 , 2017 and continuing through September, MWRA’s contractor, Albanese D&S, will begin to remove rock with the intermittent use of controlled explosives in the North Street area.  The Fire Department will be present at the construction site whenever this activity will occur.

MWRA and its contractor have met with Stoneham’s Fire Department Police Department and DPW office to review the blasting plans and other important information to ensure that this activity is completed in a safe and secure manner. Any questions or concerns can be brought to the Fire Department personnel on scene or by calling (781) 438-0127.

 

If you have any questions about this project, please contact MWRA’s community relations manager Len Cawley at (617) 305-5757 or you may email him at Leonard.Cawley@mwra.com

July 11, 2017

Construction Update

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Work accomplished : June 2017

  • Crew completed work on North St Stoneham installing 16-inch MWRA water main
  • Crew continued work on North St near George St Stoneham installing 48-inch water main
  • Crew completed work on Oak St installing temporary water main bypass system to homes
  • Crew commenced work on Oak Street near Myopia installing Town of Stoneham 10-inch sewer line
  • Crew pressure tested, disinfected and activated Town of Wakefield water line on Prospect St.

Future Work Areas :

  • Crew to start at Oak St and Royal St Stoneham installing 48-inch water main.
  • Crew to start at Cottage St  Stoneham installing 48-inch water main
progress graph 071117

Installation Progress

pipe bend

Assembling 48-inch bend restrained pipe on North Street Stoneham

Installation of sewer on North and Main

Bypass

Temporary Water bypass Pipe on Oak Street  

For more information, please contact Jeff McLaughlin at (617) 305-5762.

June 12, 2017

Construction Update

Installation of new Wakefield Water Meter on Prospect Street

 Work accomplished: June 2017

  • Crew working on North St Stoneham installing 16-inch MWRA water main
  • Crew working on North St Stoneham installing Town of Stoneham 8-inch sewer line
  • Crew working on William St installing temporary water main bypass system to homes
  • Contractor installed concrete meter chamber at Bear Hill Golf Club for Town of Wakefield
progress graph

Installation progress

Future Work Areas:

  • Installing temporary water main bypass along Oak Street Stoneham
  • Installing Town of Stoneham 10-sewer line on Oak St from Myopia to Forest

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For more information, please contact Jeff McLaughlin at (617) 305-5762.

June 6, 2017

The initial phases of work began in April.  That work involved the installation 36 and 48 inch water pipeline on Main Street in Stoneham.  That work is now complete and the contractor will move into the more residential area of Stoneham.

On Monday June 5, 2017 residents on Williams Street, Elm St., and #1-30 Oak Street will begin to see the installation of a water bypass system.  The town of Stoneham will contact you in the next few weeks to make the final connection in your home.

Residents in the area of Myopia Street to North Street will see rock drilling equipment used to locate the ledge beneath the surface of the roadway. Please note the MWRA, our contractor and Stoneham Police will be implementing daily detours.  Traffic updates will be posted daily on our new Everbridge notification system - We encourage all residents to sign up at http://www.mwra.com/updates/everbridge/join.html.

Below is the approved road detour map (PDF) for the upcoming construction. Please note the upcoming changes that may impact your travel.

 

May 18, 2017

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and our contractor Albanese D&S will be working on North Street in Stoneham in the area from George Street to Main Street.  Within this location the contractor will be installing an eight inch sewer line.  The work within this area will take approximately three weeks from today to complete.  The road will be shutdown daily from 7:00am-4:00pm.

On the other side of Main Street, Stoneham, heading towards Prospect Street and the golf course the contractor will be installing a 16 inch water main.  This work will also take approximately three weeks to complete from today.  Traffic will be alternating within the area and hours of operation are from 7:00am-4:00pm.

In the area just past the golf course in Wakefield the contractor will be installing a meter vault along with the associated meter.

In Woburn on Washington Street in the area of the mall the contractor will be paving in the evening.  They will be working this evening from 9pm-5am.

Next week the contractor will resume Sunday evening at 9pm-5am and work all week during the evening hours.  Traffic will be alternating.  

MWRA has recently developed a new notification system for communicating information to residents regarding construction projects, community meetings and more.  Once you sign up you will receive periodic updates on the progress of the construction project.  We encourage all residents to sign up at http://www.mwra.com/updates/everbridge/join.html. This construction project is named the Northern Intermediate High or NIH.

April 7, 2017

A reminder that the MWRA will hold a public meeting on the MWRA Section 110 Northern Intermediate High Project (MWRA Contract 7478) in Stoneham:

Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:00 PM
Stoneham Town Hall
35 Central Street, Stoneham, MA

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority recently awarded the Northern Intermediate High (NIH) redundant water main construction contract to Albanese D&S Construction Company.  This project involves the installation of 7,800 feet of a 48 inch water pipeline within the town of Stoneham.  The contract also includes the installation of new water valves and new meters.  Albanese D&S plans on performing the work in phases.

The first phase of work will begin the week of April 10, 2017.  This phase of work involves the installation of a temporary water bypass system.  The bypass system will be in place until late fall of 2017.  Once this first phase of work is complete then the contractor will begin to install the 48 inch water line.  The current area of work will take place on Cottage Street between Lindenwood Road and Williams Street.  Work hours will be from Monday through Friday from 7AM-5PM. 

The MWRA has met with Stoneham’s’ DPW office, Police and Fire Departments, and other offices to review the construction plans, traffic plans, police detail plans, and other important information to insure the project advances with everyone’s cooperation.   

As mentioned you will begin to see this construction activity beginning the  week of April 10th.  Construction activity will increase as the weather improves.  For more information on the project please visit the MWRA.com web site and search for The Northern Intermediate High (NIH) project.  If you have any questions kindly contact MWRA’s community relations manager Jeff McLaughlin at 617-305-5762 or you may email him at Jeffrey.McLaughlin@mwra.com.

MWRA has recently developed a new notification system for communicating information to residents regarding construction projects, community meetings and more.  Once you sign up you will receive periodic updates on the progress of the construction project.  We encourage all residents to sign up at http://www.mwra.com/updates/everbridge/join.html.

April 5, 2017

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority invites you to attend a public meeting on the MWRA Section 110 Northern Intermediate High Project (MWRA Contract 7478) in Stoneham and Wakefield:

Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:00 PM
Stoneham Town Hall
35 Central Street, Stoneham, MA

To receive electronic project updates please register your email address with the MWRA Alerts Service, provided through Everbridge.

If you have any questions kindly email Jeff McLaughlin or call (617) 305-5762.

April 1, 2016

We will post project updates in this section.

To receive electronic project updates please register your email address with the MWRA Alerts Service, provided through Everbridge.

If you have any questions kindly email Jeff McLaughlin or call (617) 305-5762.

About the Northern Intermediate High Project

MWRA contract 7478 in Stoneham and Wakefield is part of MWRA's Northern Intermediate High Project, which is broken down into four separate construction contracts with different locations:

  • Contract 7478: the construction of 7,800 linear feet of 48-inch diameter transmission main in Stoneham and 3,000 linear feet of 12-inch diameter transmission main to serve Wakefield Meter 229. Construction of this contact is expected to begin in May 2016 and be completed by December 2017. Details and updates are on this page.

  • Contract 7066 (complete): the construction of 2,400 linear feet of 36-inch water transmission main in Reading, coordinated with the MassDOT road reconstruction project on West Street.  This contract was completed in May 2015.

  • Contract 7471 (Section 110):  the construction of 8,800 linear feet of 36-inch water transmission main Woburn and Reading. Work began on March 28, 2016 and is expected to be complete in December, 2017.

  • Contract 7067: the construction of 13,200 linear feet of 48-inch diameter transmission main in Stoneham. Construction of this contact is expected to begin in July 2016 and be completed by June 2019.


For more information, please contact Jeff McLaughlin at (617) 305-5762.

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