Department of Public Works

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Hours of Operation

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

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

Phone

(781) 275-7605

Fax

781-275-9010

After Hours Phone Number

781-275-1212

Emergency Numbers

781-275-1212

Address

314 The Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730
United States

 

General Information

 

*Notice*
Tree Hearing
7/16/2014

Tree Hearing: Please be advised that the Tree Hearing scheduled for removal of 5 pine trees opposite 99 Railroad Avenue at Sabourin Field is scheduled for TUESDAY July 22, 2014 at 2:00PM at the DPW, second floor conference room. The Legal Notice of Public Hearing had the wrong day posted. If you have any questions in advance of the meeting please contact Roy E. Sorenson, Director of Public Works, 781-275-7605.

 

2014 West Nile Virus Mosquito Treatment
7/14/2014

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
6/24/2014

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 

 

Notice
Street opening Moratorium

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

 

Notice
Minutman Bikeway Recomendations
Report by Toole Design Group for the

Towns of Bedford, Lexington and Arlington
 

Navigating the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
 

 

Notice
Minuteman Bikeway Repairs

6/30/2014

Repairs to the Minuteman Bikeway between Depot Park and the Shawsheen River Bridge at Wiggins Avenue are scheduled to begin on July 2nd.  The DPW Grounds Division will first remove the loam along the side of the path where tree roots have penetrated the asphalt.  During the week of July 14th, a crew from Matt Foti Landscaping and Tree Services will be on site to cut the roots using an air spade which minimizes damage to the trees.   

Following the root cutting, DPW will sawcut the asphalt to remove the roots under the pavement.  This work will have temporary gravel patches, but will be level with the path.  The gravel patches will be paved within a day or two.  The bikeway will be open for travel during the repair phases and a police detail will be on site to direct users around the construction equipment.

The full bike will be milled and repaved in mid-August.  On the day of milling and the day of paving, the bikeway will be closed and an alternate route between South Road and Wiggins Avenue will be marked. 

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
 

 

Minuteman Bikeway Extension Project

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.
 

 

Notice
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
 

 

Notice
Road Reconstruction Projects

 

The Department of Public Works has schedule reconstruction of the following streets starting the week of May 27, 2014

Old Burlington Road

Hume Road

Gray Terrace 6/6/2014

Dunelm Road 6/6/2014

Work hours will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, weather dependent.  The existing roadway will be pulverized, regraded and paved in two lifts.  The road will remain open at all times, although minor delays and rough surfaces should be expected.  The work should be complete by the end of June.

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

Road Reconstruction Notice

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Roy E. Sorenson Director
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