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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



After Hours Phone Number


Emergency Numbers



314 The Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730
United States

Pedestrian / Bicycle Master Plan


Presentation to Selectmen - September 8th

2015 Bedford Bicycle Pedestiran Plan


General Information


Narrow Gauge Trail Stone Dust Path Refurbishment

The Bedford Selectmen recently awarded a contract to Sunshine Paving to refurbish the stone dust path along the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail between Great Road and the Billerica town line.  The work includes removal of the existing material to reestablish a 10 foot wide compacted stone dust path.  The two parking areas will also be reworked to provide a uniform grade and resurfaced with new stone dust.  The project is expected to begin on December 1st and be completed in approximately two weeks, weather dependent.  The Town will have a uniformed police detail at the work site to assist users to cross the construction area, but please use caution along the path.  For additional information, please contact the Department of Public Works at (781)  275-7605.

Narrow Gauge Plan


Still got Leaves?

Curbside collection of yard waste resumes next week (Nov. 23-27) and the Compost Center at 108 Carlisle Road will be open from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. on Saturday November 21, and Saturday, November 28.

For curbside collection, yard waste should be placed at the curb in tall paper bags or open barrels with no lids. Yard waste left in plastic bags will not be collected.

If you drop off your yard waste at the Compost Center, you can use tall paper bags or other containers. If you use plastic bags, please empty the bags and take the bags home. Plastic bags don’t break down in a compost pile.



Proposed Eversource Tree Removal

Eversource Tree Removal Plan

Why Eversource Trims Trees 

Trees are an important part of our community–helping beautify the neighborhoods we call home.

But did you know trees are the leading cause of power outages?

Every year, tree limbs, branches and roots come in contact with the thousands of miles of distribution lines Eversource maintains – damaging equipment and causing public safety hazards.

Eversource's Vegetation Management program is a thoughtful plan that balances the needs of our customers and communities. Our goal is to ensure safe, reliable electric service with minimal service interruptions while ensuring the proper growth of trees around power lines.

This program is run by certified arborists and other professionals with vast experience in arboriculture. Qualified line clearance contractors are also employed by Eversource, some companies with decades of experience in New England.

Eversource continuously monitors wires and equipment, and we periodically trim around the lines providing electric service to your neighborhood.

We also track performance of different parts of our infrastructure, making note and prioritizing tree trimming in areas that routinely experience outages due to trees. When crews trim along a circuit, clearance is determined based on common growth rates of the trees of New England.

Eversource’s practices also meet the standards of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the American National Standard Institute (ANSI).


Lexington Bikepath Reconstruction

Bike Detour writeup


Public Tree Hearings



Communications Tower Project


Crosby Drive Abutters Notifications 
Support letter for water towerFire 


DPW Awards Berman 2015 Environmental Scholarship

Bedford High School senior Madeline Berman is the recipient of the 2015 Environmental Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually by Bedford’s Department of Public Works and Republic Services to a Bedford High senior who takes a leading role in increasing the school’s recycling efforts and improving the efficiency of the program.

Berman, who will attend the University of Vermont in the fall, is president of the Environmental Club.  According to Michael Griffin, Program Administrator for Science at Bedford High, Berman increased recycling at the school, promoted energy savings and increased the club’s membership to more than 150 students.

“Madeline kept the club’s members active with gardening and community service projects, organizing a Global Climate Change assembly and keeping track of recyclers in the school,” said Griffin. “She is truly a great leader of the club and is well deserving of the award and recognition.”

The Environmental Club coordinates recycling efforts at BHS and looks at ways to reduce the impact of the school community on the environment. Other activities include gardening, hiking, camping and various other outdoor activities.

“Madeline’s efforts with the Environmental Club are impressive,” said Roy Sorenson successful this past year and the improvements made under her leadership will benefit the program in the coming years.”

From left to right, Ed McGrath, Recycling Coordinator, Mike Griffin, Bedford High Science Program Administrator, Madeline Berman, Winner and Chris Peters, General Manager, Republic Services


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
04/ 17 / 2015 updated

The Bedford Selectmen recently appointed nine residents to serve on the newly formed Fawn Lake Committee.  These members represent the Selectmen, Conservation Commission, Historical Preservation Committee, Land Stewards, the Fawn Lake community action group and other interested citizens.  Town staff from Conservation and DPW will attend the meetings and provide technical assistance and committee coordination. 

The Fawn Lake Preservation Study, funded by the Community Preservation Committee and prepared by CEI Consultants, Inc., has resulted in a baseline inventory and analysis of current conditions at Fawn Lake.  Two public meetings were held in late 2015 for CEI to explain their field work results and gather public input.  A final report was recently submitted to the Town, which outlines 15 possible strategies, including benefits, permitting requirements and estimated costs.  Using the Study, the Fawn Lake Committee will review and evaluate the options for preserving Fawn Lake as an open water body.  Their selection and recommendation of an option or combination of options will be presented to the Commission and Selectmen at an advertised public meeting. 

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

Fawn Lake Presveration Study, March 2015 ( New )



Minuteman Bikeway Extension Project
0428/2015 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, 2014
Please click
here for the public presentation on Nov. 3, 2014
Please click here for the public presentation on April. 27, 2015
Please click here for the public presentation on May. 13, 2015


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


Minutman Bikeway Recomendations
Report by Toole Design Group for the

Towns of Bedford, Lexington and Arlington

Navigating the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway


Current Projects


Bedford Street Sewer Force Main Rehabilitation Project Phase 2



The Bedford Selectmen recently awarded a second contract to Revoli Construction Co. to reline the Town’s 20-inch diameter sewer force main along Bedford Street in Lexington between Eldred Street and North Hancock Street.  This is a continuation of the work to install a HDPE liner to avert any additional failures of the force main.

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 the week of August 10th and continue thru October.  Work hours will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Bedford Street 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 Lexington Police Department will have traffic control officers on site at all times.  There will be one night in mid-September when the contractor will be working from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am to connect the by-pass pipe at either end of the project. 

            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.

Phase 2 Sewer Force Main Drawing

Weekly Schedule
Construction Schedule    
  8/10/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  8/17/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  8/24/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  8/31/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  9/07/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  9/24/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  9/28/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  10/05/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  10/12/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  10/19/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  10/26/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  11/02/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  11/09/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
  11/16/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule
New! 11/23/2015 Weekly Construction Schedule


Water Main Improvment Project
Loomis Street, South Road, Railroad Avenue


The Bedford Selectmen recently awarded a contract to Biszko Contracting Corp. to clean and line the water mains on Loomis Street, Railroad Avenue and South Road between Loomis Street and Great Road.  The cleaning and lining process scrapes off deposits within the water main and then applies a cement lining on the inside of the pipe to prohibit the future growth of rust.  During the project, any old galvanized water services will be replaced with copper pipe to avoid future maintenance problems.

          In order to perform this work, the existing water main is taken out of service.  Temporary service pipe will be installed above ground and properties will be connected to the temporary pipe.  Hydrant connections will be set to maintain emergency fire protection throughout the project. 

The work will start on Railroad Avenue so that that section is complete before school opens in September.   Summer work hours will be Monday thru Thursday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, weather dependent.  After Labor Day, the work will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.  The roads will remain open, although minor delays around the construction site should be expected.    

            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. 

2015 Loomis St, South Rd, Railroad Ave Plans


Sewer System Investigation Project Spring 2015


The Bedford Selectmen recently awarded a contract to Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc. to continue its investigation of deficiencies in the Town’s sewer system that can lead to extra costs and potential overflows.  Weston & Sampson crews will be opening sewer manholes in the areas shown on the attached map.  They will be checking for groundwater (infiltration) or other sources of water (inflow) that should not be entering the sewer system.  Once these sources of Infiltration and Inflow (I/I) have been identified, the Town will issue a future contract to seal any leaking manholes and address any illegal connections. By removing extraneous sources of flow in the sewers, the risk of sewer backups and overflows will be reduced.  Additionally, the Town will not incur costs to pump and treat essentially clean water.

The work will be conducted primarily within the Town’s right-of-way and along existing cross-country easements.  Private residences will not be affected.  Weston & Sampson vehicles and crews are clearly marked.  They will be on site between May 14 and June 12.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Public Works at (781)  275-7605.

Sewer System Investigation Locus




          The Town’s contractor, ET&L Corp., will be back on Monday, April 6th to complete the miscellaneous work items on School Way and to start work on the replacement of the traffic signals at the intersection of Great Road, Springs Road and South Road.  In addition, they will install a pre-emption traffic signal in front of the Bedford Fire Station so that emergency response vehicles can safely exit and enter their site.

The reconfiguration of the intersection of Great Road, Springs Road and South Road narrows the roadway to accommodate bicycles traveling east of the intersection.  This design will continue through the Great Road Master Plan, a long range effort to improve pedestrian and bicycle access.

Of historical interest, the Hayden Fountain in front of the Santander Bank will be relocated approximately 20 feet to the east to accommodate the new curb line.  The existing stanchion which hung a street light will be cleaned and reset. 

The project will start the week of April 6th and continue through mid-July.  Work hours will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, weather dependent.  The roadway will remain open to traffic, although delays should be expected through the work site. 

          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
Construction Schedule 4/09/2015 Weekly Schedule 4/13 - 4/17 Revised
  4/15/2015 Weekly Schedule 4/20 - 4/24
  4/23/2015 Weekly Schedule 4/27 - 5/01
  4/23/2015 Weekly Schedule 5/04 - 5/08
  5/07/2015 Weekly Schedule 5/11 - 5/15
  5/14/2015 Weekly Schedule 5/18 - 5/22
  5/21/2015 Weekly Schedule 5/25 - 5/29
  5/27/2015 Weekly Schedule 6/01 - 6/05
  6/04/2015 Weekly Schedule 6/08 - 6/12
  6/11/2015 Weekly Schedule 6/15 - 6/19
  6/26/2015 Weekly Schedule 6/22 - 6/26
  6/26/2015 Weekly Schedule 6/29 - 7/03
  7/01/2015 Weekly Schedule 7/06 - 7/10
New! 7/01/2015 Weekly Schedule 7/13 - 7/17


Great Road Improvements at Bedford Marketplace


In early May, James T. Lynch Construction Co., the site contractor for the Bedford Marketplace, will be working in Great Road to install minor traffic improvements related to the redevelopment of the plaza.  A left turn lane will be added at the existing traffic control signals, although vehicles will still be able to enter from an (unsignalized) left turn lane west of the signals.  All left turns exiting the site will still have to be made at the traffic signals.  Right turns entering in or exiting from the site can be made at the signals, or at either of the two new driveways.  New pavement markings and a concrete strip will be installed once the site driveways have been completed.  The attached plan shows the proposed improvements.

Bedford Marketplace Traffic Plans


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.



Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Roy E. Sorenson Director
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