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Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Emergency (Nights, Weekends, Holidays), contact Bedford Police Department at 781-275-1212


(781) 275-7605



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314 The Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730
United States
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General Information


A Message from the Department of Public Works
Regarding Drinking Water


A response to the Notice of Noncompliance issued by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regarding the Town’s drinking water supply was recently published in the Bedford Minuteman and mailed to all residents and businesses.  The Department of Public Works maintains the water distribution system which requires sampling and testing to ensure water quality standards are met.  During July and August various samples indicated the presence of coliform bacteria; follow up samples for those locations came back negative.  It is important to understand that coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are monitored because their presence in the water is an indicator of potential issues within the distribution system. The summer months are usually the time when coliform appear since elevated water temperatures can facilitate bacteria growth. The coliform itself are generally not considered harmful and no harmful bacteria such as E.coli or fecal coliform were identified in the sample tests.  Therefore the water coming from the Bedford distribution system is safe to drink..

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School Way Reconstruction
Great Road Traffic Signal Improvements

9/18/2014 updated

The Bedford Selectmen recently awarded a contract to ET&L Corp. to reconstruct the roadways on School Way, Elm Street, Foster Road, Rodney Road and Maple Street and the parking area along the east side of Town Hall.  The project also includes replacement of the traffic signals at the intersection of Great Road, Springs Road and South Road as well as installation of a pre-emption traffic signal in front of the Bedford Fire Station.  This will allow emergency response vehicles to exit and enter their station safely.

Additional highlights of the project include:

  • Replacement of drainage structures
  • New granite curbing and concrete sidewalks where currently exists
  • Modified intersection of Elm Street and School Way
  • Textured crosswalks
  • Formalized parking along School Way where currently exists
  • Decorative lighting along Mudge Way and School Way

The project will start the week of July 21, 2014 and will continue through November.  We anticipate the traffic signals to be installed and the final paving to be complete next spring.  Work hours will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, weather dependent.  The roadways will remain open to residents, although minor delays around the construction site should be expected.    

 The Bedford DPW will be overseeing this project.  Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at (781) 275-7605.    Thank you for your patience during this upcoming project.

Weekly Schedule
School Way 7/26/2014 Weekly Schedule 7/26/14
School Way 8/2/2014 Weekly Schedule 8/2/14
School Way 8/9/2014 Weekly Schedule 8/9/14
School Way 8/16/2014 Weekly Schedule 8/16/14
School Way 8/23/2014 Weekly Schedule 8/23/14
School Way 8/30/2014 Weekly Schedule 8/30/14
School Way 9/6/2014 Weekly Schedule 9/6/14
School Way 9/13/2014 Weekly Schedule 9/13/14
School Way 9/20/2014 Weekly Schedule 9/20/14
School Way 9/27/2014 Weekly Schedule 9/27/14


School Way School Way Construction Plans


2014 West Nile Virus Mosquito Treatment

The Bedford Department of Public Works will be treating Town owned catch basins for West Nile Virus, a disease carried by certain mosquitoes beginning the week of July 14th.  West Nile Virus is a disease carried by Culex (Q-lex) mosquitoes who breed mostly in storm drains, but can also survive in any open container holding even a half inch of water. 

According to the Center for Disease Control, it is important to target the larvae stage of the mosquito, since once the adult has hatched, it can transmit the virus to humans and animals.   Small packets that contain a selective insecticide for the Culex larvae will be dropped by licensed DPW employees into catch basins on public lands and target neighborhoods.  These neighborhoods include senior populations, horse barns, and densely populated areas.  The active chemical, Bacillus sphaericus, prevents the larvae from developing into an adult mosquito.   The chemical is not harmful to humans, fish, pets, plants or birds.

For additional information, please contact either the Bedford DPW or the Bedford Board of Health.  The Eastern Middlesex Mosquito Control District is overseeing this annual project and can be reached at (781) 899-5730.

West Nile Virus Treatment


2014 Winter Moth Update

The Town of Bedford like many of the surrounding towns throughout Massachusetts has experienced defoliating of various deciduous trees this spring due to the winter moth caterpillar. During the month of June the caterpillar should stop feeding and trees may begin growing new leaves. Please keep in mind that you should keep your tree watered throughout the summer and into the fall to help it recover but it is recommended that you do not fertilize. Please see the additional links below for more information.

Winter Moth update


2014 Yardwaste Notice

The Department of Public Works will be opening the Town landfill on Carlisle Road to Bedford residents wishing to dispose of yardwaste materials from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on the following

In accordance with State law, yardwaste is strictly prohibited from regular trash.  Absolutely no yardwaste of any kind will be collected by Allied Waste Systems in the weekly residential trash pickup.  Residents are reminded that they may either compost yardwaste on their own property or bring it to the landfill where it will be composted into loam products for Public Works projects around Bedford.          

Yardwaste consists of leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, weeds, and tree material up to one inch (1") in diameter.  Tree limbs over one inch (1") in diameter will not be allowed.  Only the approved kraft paper style biodegradable bags are allowed to be dropped off.  Residents may empty trash bags or containers of yardwaste provided they remove the bags or containers after they empty them.     

Yardwaste Notice.Pdf 


Street opening Moratorium

9/09/2014 - Updated

The Department of Public Works has a 5-year moratorium for trenching or cutting a newly paved roadway to preserve the investment of the Town’s reconstruction funds. This applies to applications for new gas, electric, cable, fiber or telephone service. Please refer to the following list of streets when planning or designing a new house or other development.

Street Opening Moratorium Pdf


Current Projects


Bedford Street Lexington
Sewer Force Main Project


The Bedford Selectmen recently awarded a contract to Revoli Construction Co. to reline the 20-inch diameter sewer force main along Bedford Street in Lexington, between the Westview Cemetery and Eldred Street.  As you may recall, a section of this pipe failed last winter and the Town of Bedford has issued this contract to install a liner in the pipe to avert any future incidents.               

In order to perform this work, the existing sewer main will be taken out of service and a temporary pipe will be set above ground on the south side of Bedford Street.   The temporary pipe will cross under the driveways to allow full access.  Several pits will be installed in the middle of the roadway to facilitate the insertion of the liner.

The project is scheduled to begin on September 5th and continue thru mid-November.  Work hours will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We have estimated four nights when the contractor will be working from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am to connect the by-pass pipe at either end of the project. The road will remain open at all times, although traffic will be reduced to one lane in
each direction when the Contractor is working at the access pits. 

The LexingtonPolice Department will have traffic control officers on site at all times.

Bedford’s consultant, Weston & Sampson Engineers, will be
overseeing this project.  Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Bedford DPW at
(781) 275-7605. 

Thank you for your patience throughout this project.

Weekly Schedule
Bedford Street 9/03/2014 Force Main Notice
Bedford Street 9/03/2014 Project Schedule
Bedford Street 9/08/2014 Weekly Progess
Bedford Street 9/15/2014 Weekly Progess


Bedford Street Construction Plans
Bedford Street Location of Access Pits


LED Light Conversion Project


As part of our on-going effort to reduce energy costs, the Town of Bedford will be converting 600 of our 1,500 street lights from High Pressure Sodium (HPS) to new LED fixtures.  The street light conversion project has three primary benefits:  significant decrease in energy use, reduction in maintenance costs and renewal of equipment that has exceeded its expected useful life.  In addition, LED street lights offer improved nighttime visibility and a more uniform lighting distribution while reducing light pollution since all the light is focused downward.  The Town’s typical street light is a 50 watt HPS;  the replacement fixture is a 24 watt LED.  Thus, the work is anticipated to save the Town approximately $1,200 per month due to an 8,000 kWh reduction in usage.

The project is being funded through a Green Communities Competitive Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy for a total price of $200,000. This upgrade in the eastern part of Town is the first phase of a program to replace the rest of the HPS street lights by applying for additional grants and rebates from NSTAR.  The field work is being done by Coviello Electric, Inc. and should be complete by the end of August.   

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at (781) 275-7605 or check our website at .

LED Street Light Conversion Map


Minutman Bikeway Recomendations
Report by Toole Design Group for the

Towns of Bedford, Lexington and Arlington

Navigating the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway


Minuteman Bikeway Repairs

8/05/2014 updated

Starting Wednesday, August 6th, DPW will be working on the bike path between Depot Park and Wiggins Avenue.  This next phase of construction is to remove the tree roots that run across the bikepath.  The pavement over the root will be milled, grinding up the root in the process.  We expect to mill in the morning and patch the trenches in the afternoon so that the surface is smooth at the end of the day.  There will be a police detail with the crew to direct users around the job site.  This work should take about 4-5 days.

On Monday, August 18th the full width of the bike path will be milled;  this process will take approximately two days.  We are scheduled to repave on Wednesday, August 20th for an additional two days.  During this work, the bikepath will be closed during the day due do the heavy equipment and trucks backing down the path. 

Please contact the Department of Public Works at (781) 275-7605 if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you for your patience.


Minuteman Bikeway Extension Project
8/05/2014 updated

The Town of Bedford recently received approval from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to fund the extension of the Minuteman Bikeway.  The Bikeway currently ends at Depot Park, near the intersection of South Road and Loomis Street.  This project proposes to extend the bikeway by making a portion of Railroad Avenue accessible to bikes, and constructing 8,800 feet of bikeway on the Reformatory Branch Trail, from Railroad Avenue to the Bedford/Concord Town line.  The new bikeway will have a 12 foot wide paved section with 3 foot wide clear zones on both sides.

The existing Minuteman Bikeway is used as a transportation corridor for regional commuters as well as local residents.  Extending the bikeway westerly to the town line will provide on-road connections to Railroad Avenue, Hartwell Road and Concord Road in addition to providing access to the schools and several Town owned parcels and conservation areas.  

The paved width of Railroad Avenue varies between 20 and 27 feet.  The pavement is in poor condition, and although it’s in close proximity to the John Glenn Middle School and Bedford High School, it only provides intermittent sidewalks.  As part of the project, the trail crossing at the tight curve on Railroad Avenue will be enhanced with activated flashing beacons, and the two existing parking areas will be reconstructed.

Please click here for the public presentation on June 9, 2014.
Please click here for the public presentation on August 4, 2013


Shawsheen Rd - Page Rd Water Main
Improvement Project


The Bedford Selectmen recently awarded a contract to W. Walsh Company to clean and line the water mains on Shawsheen Road and Page Road west of Old Billerica Road.  The cleaning and lining process scrapes off deposits within the water main and then applies a cement lining to the inside of the pipe to prohibit the future growth of rust.           

In order to perform this work, the existing water main will be taken out of service and a temporary service pipe will be set above ground to serve abutting properties.   Hydrant connections will be in place to maintain emergency fire protection throughout the project. 

The project will start on Shawsheen Road at Page Road on June 2, 2014.  Work hours will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.  The road will remain open at all times, although minor delays around the construction site should be expected.   The work on Shawsheen Road should be complete by early August, when the project will continue onto Page Road.


            Bedford Water Division personnel will be overseeing this project.  Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the DPW at (781) 275-7605. 

Water Main Improvment Project


Hartwell Road Reconstruction


The Department of Public Works has schedule repaving of Hartwell Road from Concord Road to the easterly property line of Instrumentation Labs starting the week of August 18, 2014.

Work hours will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, weather dependent.  The top course of pavement will be milled off and the road repaved.  The road will remain open at all times, although minor delays and rough surfaces should be expected.  Police Details will be on site to direct traffic.  The work should be complete by the end of August.

This is a short term repair;  Hartwell Road will be studied for design of a formal drainage system, environmental permitting and completion of the sidewalk network.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the DPW at (781) 275-7605.  Thank you for your patience during this upcoming project.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Roy E. Sorenson Director
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