July 18 2017

DPW Directors Update Selectmen On Summer Projects

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Department of Public Works is keeping busy this summer with a wide range of projects.

At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting DPW Director John Sanchez gave the board an update on ongoing and upcoming projects undertaken and contracted out by the department.

He said the biggest upcoming project will be renovations on the Wayside Road sewer system. This project will include replacing and repairing sewer pipes and replacing manhole covers.

Sanchez said the project is necessary to prevent sewer main breaks similar to ones that happened in that area a couple of years ago.

“The idea of this project is to avoid issues like we’ve had twice before with our sewer mains,” he told the board.

Work is set to start in the next few weeks and the whole project will take six months though the work on Wayside Side should only take a couple of months . To lessen the impact on motorists, most of the work will take place at night.

“We’re trying to not interfere with local businesses, restaurants and access to Lahey,” Sanchez said.

Anyone interested in learning more about the details of the project can attend an information meeting on Wednesday, July 19 at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall Annex basement meeting room.

The DPW’s new salt shed project is also getting close to being underway.

Sanchez said this site will help ensure the town always has the materials needed to work, including during snow and ice removal. He said in the past decade there have been times when salt was in short supply and the town was in danger of running out.


Sanchez said they went through the permitting process and have awarded the contract to Construction Dynamics out of Clinton.  

“They should start soon and have the shed in place prior to winter,” Sanchez said.


Finally, the switch from standard to LED bulbs in all street lights is underway. Sanchez said about half the town has been completed.


“We just have a another couple of months to finalize that project,” he said, adding that the lights will both better illuminate the roads and save money. “We did some get grants and hope to cover the costs in three years by saving on electricity.”


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