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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


Pedestrian and Bikeway Master Plan Meeting


Some Tips to make sure the water goes in the right place and not your basement!

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Bedford DPW's Anti-Icing Program

Salt brine is water saturated with sodium chloride, or more simply rock salt dissolved in water. It is part of the Bedford DPW’s anti-icing program to take a proactive approach to controlling snow and ice on Bedford’s roadways.

Salt brine is best used to pre-treat the roads in anticipation of winter storms. Salt brine can prevent ice on the road for up to three days in advance of a snow/ice storm. The salt brine will begin working as soon as the first snowflake falls and will delay the accumulation of snow and ice on the pavement due to lowering the freezing temperature. Salt brine can be applied when the temperatures are between 15° and 32°F, but works at temperatures down to 0°F. Typically, once a storm event is forecasted, the DPW will pre-treat with salt brine during a normal work day, thus reducing the need for additional overtime.

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Drinking Water Update


Primary source is from Massachusetts Water Resource Authority – MWRA : 85% - 90% supply
Secondary source is from the Shawsheen Road Wellfield: 10% - 15% supply
On average 1.2 million gallons of water is used each day

Drinking Water Update


Fawn Lake Preservation Study
11/ 20 / 2014 updated

The second public meeting for the Fawn Lake Preservation Study will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at Bedford Town Hall.  Comprehensive Environmental, the Town’s consultant, will present the results of their recent field work to determine  water and sediment depth and to identify the prevalent plants in the Lake.  They will also detail some of the various strategies that the Town can use to control aquatic vegetation.  The Bedford Conservation Commission and Department of Public Works welcome comments and questions related to the future management of the site. 

Fawn Lake Public Meeting October 29, 2014

Fawn Lake Public Meeting December 3, 2014

Latin Names of Identified Plant Species in Fawn Lake, October 2014


Kick-off Meeting Announcement


Minuteman Bikeway Extension Project
11/03/2014 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.

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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

02/03/2015 updated

School Way Reconstruction

Final paving and partial pavement markings were complete in December.  The Town’s contractor, ET&L, will return in the spring to set the new street lights and finish the sidewalk connection at Town Hall.  In addition, the project includes installation of new drainage, curbing and sidewalks at the intersection of Great Road, Springs Road and South Road as well as new traffic control signals.  A pre-emption system will be added to the Fire Station driveway which will allow emergency response vehicles to enter and return through the intersections on green lights as other traffic is held on a red signal.

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 10/04/2014 Weekly Schedule 10/04/14
School Way 10/11/2014 Weekly Schedule 10/11/14
School Way 10/24/2014 Weekly Schedule 10/27/14
Revised due to wheather


School Way School Way Construction Plans


Street opening Moratorium

11/03/2014 - 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


Bedford Street Lexington

Revoli Construction completed the 2,700 feet of sewer force main lining in December.  Due to recent pipe breaks east of this project, the Town had Revoli set an additional 1,800 of by-pass piping across the Route 95 intersection.  This temporary pipe will be used both over the winter and during the next phase of force main relining.  Pending Town Meeting approval of funding in March, the DPW will contract the next section of pipe lining from Eldred Street in Lexington to the end of Bedford’s force main at North Hancock Street.  Future projects will include force main lining from Bedford’s Main Sewer station on Great Road to the Westview Cemetery, for a total length of 11,000 feet.

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 Progress
Bedford Street 9/15/2014 Weekly Progress
Bedford Street 9/22/2014 Weekly Progress
Bedford Street 10/10/2014 Weekly Progress
Bedford Street 10/20/2014 Weekly Progress
Bedford Street 11/03/2014 Weekly Progress
Bedford Street 11/10/2014 Weekly Progress
Bedford Street 11/17/2014 Revised Project Schedule
Bedford Street 11/21/2014 Weekly Progress
Bedford Street 12/02/2014 Weekly Progress


Bedford Street Construction Plans
Bedford Street Location of Access Pits


Minutman Bikeway Recomendations
Report by Toole Design Group for the

Towns of Bedford, Lexington and Arlington

Navigating the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Roy E. Sorenson Director
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