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.