Downtown Water Main Project Begins

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Work to replace Hopkinton's downtown water main will begin in late May and will continue through November of 2013 with final paving operations slated for the spring of 2014 said DPW Director John Westerling in a letter to area residents and business owners today.

The project is the result of a Town Meeting vote which appropriated the necessary funds to replace the 125-year old water main between Pleasant Street and Hayden Rowe. Article 35 for $240,000 was approved by Town Meeting last week and will supplement the $700,000 appropriated under Article 19 of the 2010 Annual Town Meeting for design and replacement; the cost for the project being higher than expected. Construction will take place Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Significant efforts will be made to maintain pedestrian and vehicular access during construction and the contractor, Russo Bros. of Framingham, will be required to main two lanes of traffic on Main Street when at all possible, but this may require the closure of parking spaces in the vicinity during construction activities.

"Residents will be able to access their property and all businesses will be able to remain open," said Westerling in his letter. "All residents and businesses will continue to have water during construction and all planned water shutdowns will be limited to 4 to 6 hours and customers will be given 24-hour notice."

There will be a public meeting with residents and business owners on Monday, May 20 at 4:00 p..m. in Town Hall to discuss the details of this project and to answer questions.

"We would like to utilize email to keep in touch with businesses and residents during construction and to provide notifications," said Westerling. "Please contact our engineering consultant with your preferred contact information and email address."

Leah E. Stanton, P.E.
Weston & Sampson Engineers
5 Centennial Drive
Peabody, MA 01960
(978) 532-1900 ext. 2386
stantonl@wseinc.com

"We appreciate your patience during the construction of this important project," concluded Westerling.