Community Health & Environment

Imminent Start of Phase 2 for North End Sewer & Water Project [Video]

Boston Water & Sewer Commission’s Irene McSweeney updated the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) about the imminent start of major sewer and water main work in the North End.  This is the second of three planned project phases in the neighborhood intended to improve water distribution and upgrade failing sewer and drainage systems. Because many sewer lines on side streets need to be completely replaced instead of just relined, Phase 2 will be more intrusive according to Boston Water & Sewer Commission.

The BWSC is estimated at $7 million for Phase 2. Work will commence in the next few weeks, extending into the winter months as long as the weather cooperates, before restarting in the Spring. Phase 2 of the sewer project is expected to last until November 2018 (yes, 2+ years!).

Impacted streets for Phase 2 include Snow Hill Street, Hull Street, Sheafe Street, Tileston Street, Hanover Avenue, Richmond Street, North Street, Sun Court Street, North Square, Jerusalem Place and Baldwin Place.

North Square is a focus of Phase 2 in preparation for the upcoming reconstruction of the square by Public Works. Sewer pipes in the area are completely failing so a total reconstruction will be performed. Adjoining North Street will also be upgraded, although some of the span can be relined without a complete replacement.

4 Replies to “Imminent Start of Phase 2 for North End Sewer & Water Project [Video]

  1. The work already started on North Street this morning. The temporary No Parking signs are dated 10/11 to 10/20/16.
    Very loud jackhammering and digging, even after I closed my windows.

  2. Our neighborhood has been under siege with construction projects for over two years and there does not seem to be an end in sight. Between the sewer & water project and the installation of the cycle track, I feel that the quality of life has suffered for many North End residents.

    The constant construction has eliminated dozens, if not hundreds of resident parking spaces. The creation of the cycle track (which was unilaterally approved by the City) has made Commercial Street so narrow that it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or killed in a collision.

    Residents should be encouraged to contact the sewer & water project manager, Derek Grossi, if they notice that the temporary “No Parking” signs have been illegally altered. Further, they should contact the project manager if construction commences prior to 7:00 am. More information regarding noise pollution regulations can be found at:

  3. Thank you Ryan! You’ve clearly stated what I’ve been feeling for a very long time! OUR quality of life has definitely suffered, but it seems not to matter. When will it end?

  4. I agree! The noise, the filth coming in the apartments, water shut off and on mistakes made so the workers started jack hammering under the window at 12:30am, and to top it off the pipes they took out where actually from 1865! Nice guys but i have a feeling they milk the job. Just my opinion. On a side note parking situation is bad enough on a good day forget that!

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