Irene McSweeney from Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) presented an update on the North End improvements project at the April North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting.
Work on phase 3 of these improvements will begin this spring. The BWSC will send out monthly updates to the community as project details unfold. Watch the full presentation and follow along with the text below.
Phase 3 is being broken into two parts (00:32). One will start sometime in early May and the other one next year.
In the spring and summer, permanent paving will be done (1:45). Sidewalks will be repaired, mostly small chunks where a hydrant had to be removed or things like that. The only areas that have a lot of sidewalk work to be done are Richmond Street, North Square and North Street.
If you had roadway work done last year and have an opinion on what time of the season is best to do the repaving, let BWSC know (2:57). The work can be done at the beginning of the summer in June, or the BWSC can wait until September. [NEWNC President John Pregmon later shares his opinion of having the work done earlier rather than later (6:37).]
There is a new project that’s out to bid (3:27) which is the 3A project. Water main work will be done on Blackstone Street (3:42). This will be a long project due to traffic restraints and working around the Haymarket fruits and vegetables market.
The two water mains on Cross Street will also be done between Hanover and just beyond Salem Street (4:03). These are the last two water mains to be done in that area that were not done as part of the central artery.
There will also be water and sewer work done on Endicott Street (4:27).
The water main work on North Washington Street up to the bridge will need to be put off for about 5 years until the bridge is complete (4:41).
The work will be done Monday – Friday, not weekends. Work typically starts at 8 a.m. in the North End and they’re usually done by 3:30 or 4 p.m. (8:43).