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
 
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General Information

 

Notice
Bedford DPW Spring Collection

05/20/2015

When:              May 30, 2015, 9 a.m. to Noon

Where:             DPW, 314 Great Road

Fees:                NONE

What: Paper for Shredding, Styrofoam, Fluorescent Lamps & Bulbs; Batteries; Mercury containing items, Rigid Plastics, Tires

Use this as a guide of what will be accepted:

Shredded Paper

5 file boxes maximum per household Residents do not need to remove staples, binder clips or paperclips

www.docshreddingcorp.com

Styrofoam

Packing blocks
Produce and Meat Trays (please rinse)

Take out containers (please rinse)
Hot beverage cups (such as Dunkin' Donuts)
Foam egg cartons
Food trays
White insulation sheets
#4 Polyethylene foam and #5 Polypropylene foam.

www.Refoamit.com

Fluorescent lamps and bulbs

2-foot, 4-foot, 8-foot lamps
U- and circular bulbs

CFLs for lamps and light fixtures

Mercury containing items

Thermometers
Batteries (button cell, AA, AAA, etc.)

Batteries

Rechargeable (from power tools, laptops, phones, etc. (NiCd, NiMH, Lithium, etc.)
Sealed Lead (Pb) Acid

Phone batteries

Scrap metal

Ferrous (e.g. steel, iron)
Non-Ferrous Metals (e.g. aluminum, copper, etc.)

See http://excelrecycle.com/ for more information

Tires

Passenger vehicles, SUV, truck tires
With or without rims

Rigid Plastics

Bulky plastic items such as tubs, totes, toys (e.g. slides, houses, etc.) 5-gallon buckets, carts, crates, laundry baskets, lawn furniture

 

Notice
Upcoming Waste Event Days in May

04/24/2015


 

Drop off Yard Waste

at the Town Compost Center, 108 Carlisle Road

Saturdays May 2, 9, 16 and 30

and Wednesday May 27

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Hazardous Waste Day

Lexington Landfill, 60 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington

May 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Household Hazardous Products Collection
2015 INFORMATION and SCHEDULE

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DPW/Recycling Spring Collection

May 30 from 9 a.m. to Noon at 314 Great Rd.

Materials to be accepted:

Styrofoam, Batteries, Fluorescent Lamps & CFLs, and Scrap Metal.

Also, Paper Shredding will be available that day.

More details to follow.

 

DPW Awards Berman 2015 Environmental Scholarship
04/01/2015

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

 

Notice
Pedestrian and Bikeway Master Plan Meeting

 

Notice
Drinking Water Update

1/02/2015

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 )

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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

 

Notice
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
 

 

Notice
Minutman Bikeway Recomendations
Report by Toole Design Group for the

Towns of Bedford, Lexington and Arlington
 

Navigating the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
 

 

Current Projects

 

Notice
Sewer System Investigation Project Spring 2015

05/14/2015
 

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

 

Notice
ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
GREAT ROAD AT SOUTH ROAD & SPRINGS

05/14/2015

          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
New! 5/27/2015 Weekly Schedule 6/01 - 6/05

 

Notice
Great Road Improvements at Bedford Marketplace

04/23/2015

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

 

Notice
Bedford Street Lexington
Sewer Force Main Project

02/03/2015

Bedford Street Lexington
Update

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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