West Newton Square Project

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

October 23, 2020

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Construction Update

Construction includes removing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing wider sidewalk,  ADA ramps, bicycle lanes including a raised protected lane and installing special soil. (weather permitting).  Construction hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (additional hours if needed). 

October 26 - October 30

The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Watertown  Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place

  • Final driveway apron installed at Todys
  • Install remaining curbing in front of the church
  • Grade and form sidewalks near church followed by concrete pour
  • Install conduit and final street light foundation
  • Installing asphalt at the curb line in front of businesses to allow for 6" reveal in preparation of the winter

October 19 - October 23

The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Watertown  Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place

  • Continued tree planting
  • Install pavers
  • Excavate the second driveway apron at Tody's
  • Install the bump out elevated bike lane in front of Tody's
  • Installing asphalt at the curb line in front of businesses to allow for 6" reveal in preparation of the winter

October 12 - October 16

The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Watertown  Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place

  • Excavate the sidewalk and  first apron ( closest to the bridge) at Tody's
  • Install the street light foundation, hand hole and conduit at the first ADA ramp
  • Install and ADA ramp curbing 
  • Grade and form ADA ramp
  • Pour cement for ADA Ramp

 

October 5 - October 9

The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Watertown  Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place

  • Grade and form sidewalk near Tody's
  • Pour concrete sidewalk
  • Install final catch basin in front of Tody's
  • Excavate the first driveway apron (near the bridge - Tody's)
  • Install curbing and ADA ramp

September 28- October 2

The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Watertown  Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place

  • Pour sidewalk and ADA ramps at the plaza
  • Excavating sidewalks and curb along commuter parking lot
  • Install conduit, hand holes and street light foundations ang commuter parking lot
  • Excavating and installing curb and ADA ramps along commuter lot

September 21-September 25

The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Watertown  Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place

  • Full depth excavation on Washington Street, from the bridge to Tody's
  • Line striping subcontractor will stripe the section of Washington Street before the bridge
  • Three additional bollards will installed near Sweet Tomatoes

September 14 -September 18

The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Watertown  Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place

  • Construction of the final tree pit for the plaza and finish the concrete sidewalk
  • Rerouting conduit for the fire box located at the corner of Chestnut Street
  • Begin laying conduit for traffic signals
  • Permanent markings in preparation of full depth excavation of the Elm Street intersection 
  • Full depth excavation on the Elm Street intersection for the next two weeks

August 31 -September 4

The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Watertown  Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place

  • Construction of the planter box in front of Sweet Tomatoes
  • Pour the proposed control cabinet foundation
  • Begin laying conduit for traffic signals
  • Begin setting hand holes and light base foundations at new island near Washington Street at Watertown Street
  • Some concrete placement near Sweet Tomatoes and new island at Watertown Street

August 24 - August 28

The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Watertown  Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place

  • Installation of conduit and hand holes in front of Sweet Tomatoes
  • Removing and resetting the nine bollards in front of Sweet Tomatoes
  • Installation of special soil in the plaza as well as along Washington Street
  • Setting curb for the tree pits in the plaza and in front of Sweet Tomatoes

August 10 - August 14

 The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Watertown  Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place

  • Installation of conduit and hand holes for the street lighting and pedestrian crosswalks
  • Grading the plaza and excavating the curb in preparation of curb installation
  • Installation of new granite curbing
  • Installing tree pits

    West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

    July 31, 2020

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  • The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Watertown  Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place

Installation of concrete sidewalk at the corner of Waltham and Watertown Streets

Install a traffic island at the Waltham Street stop line, preventing traffic from turning left onto Washington Street

July 20 - July 24

  • The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working at the corner of Washington and Waltham Streets .  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place:
    • Installation of street light foundation and control box foundation
    • Grading and forming the sidewalk in preparation for a cement pour mid next week
    • Prep and form ADA ramp in front of CVS for concrete placement
    • Installation of granite curbing for planters
    • Prep and form excavated rounding for concrete placement
    • Pour concrete at rounding to accommodate pedestrian access
    • Fill planters with proper soils
    • Patch the gutter adjacent to the new curb

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

July 10, 2020

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Construction Update

Construction includes removing existing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing sidewalk, ADA ramps, and installing special soil. (weather permitting).  Construction hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (additional hours if needed).  A crew will be working this Saturday starting at 7 am.

July 11 - July 17

  • The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working in front of the police station and at the Corner of Chestnut and Washington Streets.  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place:
    • Installation of two ADA ramps at the corner of Chestnut and Washington Streets
    • Paving the bike path in front of the police station
    • pouring the remainder of the sidewalk in front of the police station
    • removal of the hydrant in front of the courthouse to open up four parking spots
    • Begin excavating the CVS block starting at the corner of Waltham and Washington Streets

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

July 2, 2020

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Construction Update

Construction includes removing existing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing sidewalk, ADA ramps, and installing special soil. (weather permitting).  Construction hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (additional hours if needed). 

July 3 - July 10

  • The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working in front of the police station.  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place:
    • Installation of the curbed tree pits in front of the courthouse
    • Installation of the curb for the bump out from the police station to the intersection of Cherry Street
    • Grading and forming the sidewalk in preparation for a cement pour
    • Cement pour for the sidewalks in the area of the police station and courthouse
    • Installation of the asphalt for the bicycle path between the bump out and the sidewalk from the police station to the intersection of Cherry Street.

 

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

June 26, 2020

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Construction Update

Construction includes removing existing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing sidewalk, ADA ramps, and installing special soil.  (weather permitting).  Construction hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (additional hours if needed). 

June 29 - July 2

  • The contractor, A.R. Belli is currently working in front of the police station.  In the upcoming week the following work is scheduled to take place:
    • Installation of the bump out to Cherry Street
    • Installation of the asphalt for the 6' bike path from the police station down to Cherry Street
    • Placement of the street light foundations
    • Relocation of a fire hydrant located on Chestnut Street by the police annex
    • Excavation of the sidewalk to install new ADA ramps at the intersection of Chestnut and Washington Streets
    • Installation of the curbed flower pits in between the courthouse and the police station

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

June 19, 2020

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Construction Update

Construction continues along Washington Street (weather permitting).  Construction hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (additional hours if needed). 

June 20 - June 26

  • Construction includes removing existing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing sidewalk, ADA ramps, and installing special soil. 
    • The contractor will excavate the remainder of the sidewalk from the courthouse to Cherry Street.
    • The work includes the installation of conduit and hand holes.
    • Followed by the installation  of curbing in that area.
    • Two curbed flower pit locations will be installed in front of the police station.

 June 13 - June 19

  • Construction includes removing existing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing sidewalk, ADA ramps, and installing special soil. 
    • The contractor will begin working on the corner of Waltham Street and Washington Street this week.
    • The work includes the installation of conduit, curb, tree pits, special soil, and street light foundations.
    • Followed by the installation  of concrete sidewalk in that area.
    • The contractor will excavate the remaining sidewalk on Washington Street from Waltham Street to Cherry Street.

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

May 21, 2020

Construction Update

Construction continues along Washington Street (weather permitting).  Construction hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (additional hours if needed).  Crews will be working this Saturday starting at 8:00 am.  

May 25 to May 29

  • Construction includes removing existing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing sidewalk, ADA ramps, and installing special soil. 
    • Crews will install a catch basin and two pedestrian signal bases on the south side of Washington Street in the cinema block.
    • Once the catch basin and signal bases are installed, the crews will install curbing and new cement sidewalk  on the south side of Washington Street from the cinema down to Chestnut Street.
    • Crews will then begin installing curbing and sidewalk in front of the church at the corner of Highland Street.

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

May 15, 2020

Construction Update

Construction continues along Washington Street (weather permitting).  Construction hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (additional hours if needed).  Crews will be working this Saturday starting at 8:00 am.  

May 16 to May 23

  • Construction includes removing existing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing sidewalk, ADA ramps, and installing special soil. 
    • Crews will finish installing the special soil for the trees on the south side of Washington Street from the cinema down to Chestnut Street.
    • Crews will be resetting the curb, pouring sidewalks and putting in a new ADA ramp on the south side of Washington Street across from the Local Restaurant.
    • Crews will begin installing the sidewalks at the corner of Highland Street.

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

May 8, 2020

Construction Update

Construction continues along Washington Street (weather permitting).  Construction hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (additional hours if needed).  Crews will be working this Saturday starting at 8:00 am.  

May 9 to May  15

  • Construction includes removing existing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing sidewalk, ADA ramps, and installing special soil. 
    • Crews will continue installing 200' of curb, structural soil and 80' conduit on the south side of Washington Street  on the block from Highland Street to Chestnut Street.
    • Crews will continue the installation of access ramps at the two corners of Elm Street and Washington Street.
    • Crews will install ramps and sidewalks at the corner of Cherry Street and Washington Street.
    • Planning to remove of seven trees along Washington Street.

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

May 1, 2020

Construction Update

Construction continues along Washington Street (weather permitting).  Construction hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (additional hours if needed).  Crews will be working this Saturday starting at 8:00 am.  

May 2 to May  9

  • Construction includes removing existing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing sidewalk, ADA ramps, and installing special soil.
    • Installation of an ADA ramp at Cherry Street and Washington Street
    • Installation of an ADA ramp at Lucas Court and Washington Street
    • Installation of an ADA ramp at Elm Street and Washington Street
    • Completing the installation of conduit, curbing and sidewalks between Lucas Court and Cherry Street.

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

April 24, 2020

Construction Update

Construction continues along Washington Street (weather permitting).  Construction hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (additional hours if needed).  Crews will be working this Saturday starting at 7:00 am.  

April 24 to May 1

  • Construction includes removing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing sidewalk, ADA ramps, and installing special soil.
    • Crews are currently working between Lucas Court and Elm Street.
    • Following completion of sidewalk work on this block, crews will continue sidewalk rehabilitation work between Elm Street and Cherry Street.
    • Sidewalk installation on the south side of Washington Street from Chestnut Street to Highland Street will begin this week.
  • Crews are continuing with the removal of the small traffic islands at the intersection of Watertown and Washington Streets and the small traffic islands located west of Chestnut Street on Washington Street in front of West Newton Pizza.
  • Drainage structure installation continues at Watertown Street at Waltham Street.

The City is requiring all our contractors to follow the Governor’s Guidelines and Procedures for Construction, as outlined below in the March 27, 2020 update.

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

April 17, 2020

Construction Update

Construction continues along Washington Street (weather permitting).  Construction hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (additional hours if needed).

April 13 to May 1

  • Construction includes removing existing sidewalk, removing and resetting curbing, installing conduit, installing sidewalk, ADA ramps, and installing special soil.
    • Crews are currently working between Lucas Court and Elm Street.
    • Following completion of sidewalk work on this block, crews will continue sidewalk rehabilitation work between Elm Street and Cherry Street.
  

The City is requiring all our contractors to follow the Governor’s Guidelines and Procedures for Construction, as outlined below in the March 27, 2020 update.

West Newton Square Village Enhancement Construction Update

March 27, 2020

 

Construction Update

Construction continues this week along Washington Street.  A.D. Paolini has three crews working on drainage and conduit

March 30 to April 3

  • Installing a catch basin in front of West Newton Cinema.
  • Installing conduit for streetlights at Watertown Street at Washington Street and Elm Street at Washington Street.

March 31

  • Beginning the removal of the two small traffic islands at the intersection of Watertown and Washington Streets and the two small traffic islands located west of Chestnut Street on Washington Street in front of West Newton Pizza. (see below pictures)

  • Parking along Washington Street will be restricted only in the immediate work zone.  No parking signs will be removed as the work progresses freeing up parking during this time.

The City is requiring all our contractors to follow the Governor’s Guidelines and Procedures for Construction, as outlined below.

Construction Guidelines During COVID-19

The City of Newton is adopting the Commonwealth’s “COVID-19 Guidelines and Procedures for All Construction Sites and Workers at All Public Work” for all construction projects in the City, both public and private. Construction can only continue with strict social distancing, hand hygiene, employee health protections, and site risk prevention measures in the Governor’s guidelines.  The Governor’s guidelines can be found by clicking here.

The City of Newton is equally committed to ensuring the safety and health of City employees providing inspections and supervision of construction activities. We have instituted strict protocols for all City of Newton staff inspecting or supervising construction projects.

Questions? Comments

Project Contact:

WestNewtonSq@newtonma.gov

617-796-1006

March 16, 2020 – April 3, 2020

Drainage work resumes Monday 3/16 for approximately 2-3 weeks at the following locations:
  • 1293 Washington Street – Lumiere Restaurant / 1-2 days
    999 Watertown Street – CVS / 1-2 days
    1279 Washington Street – Sweet Tomatoes / 1 week
    1296 Washington Street – West Newton Cinema / 1 week

Construction Update 02.28.2020
The contractor for the West Newton Square, A. R. Belli, Inc., is planning to be in the square for survey work, layout work, and saw-cutting the week of March 10, 2020. This work should not create any major disruptions to West Newton Square operations.
Drainage work will resume the week of March 16, 2020. The work will take place along Washington Street from Cherry Street easterly to Waltham Street. The work is anticipated to take a month to complete. There will be some disruption to vehicular traffic as some of the work is within the street.  

 

 

Construction Update 10.25.2019
Preliminary drainage work has begun on the eastbound side of Washington Street as part of the West Newton Square Enhancement Project. The work is being performed by A. D. Paolini subcontractor for A. R. Belli, Inc.
This work includes replacing pipe in small sections near the intersection of Chestnut and Washington Streets (4-5 days) opposite Waltham Street (3-4 days) near Highland Street intersection (1-2 days) followed by the area of Mass Pike overpass (4-5 days).
 
Once the eastbound work is completed, the work will begin on the westbound side of Washington Street.
 
The current hours for construction are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Parking restrictions on Washington Street will be in place, these restrictions will
be lifted as the work moves along the corridor.
 
This work will continue as weather permits.

 

THE WEST NEWTON SQUARE ENHANCEMENTS
PROJECT

A.R. Belli has been selected as the contractor for the West Newton Square Enhancements project.

Interested in the Construction Timeline?

Additional messages will be sent as soon as the timeline is available. At this time, we are anticipating the majority of work to begin in Spring 2020, with some small project components being implemented this fall. We don't anticipate any major impact to pedestrians,motorists or bicyclists during this phase.

Newton City Council voted in favor of this project in early 2018. The project is now advancing from planning to implementation.

The project includes the construction of roadway, sidewalk, and streetscape improvements in the heart of historic West Newton Square for construction in 2019/2020.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the Concept Design & Detailed Design phases.  Newton City Council voted in favor of the project in early 2018. The project is now advancing from planning to implementation. The staff memo to the Council and supporting graphics are available here for review.

The goals of the project include:

  • Improving on the existing, and somewhat confusing circulation patterns for driving and walking.
  • Applying a “Complete Streets” approach to the core area along Washington Street, in order to prioritize safety for all and meet the needs of people visiting the square and those passing through.
  • Upgrading landscape and streetscape conditions to create a more inviting and fully accessible sidewalk and business environment during the day and evening, weekday and weekend.

The project will study, and develop recommendations for, the “Greater” West Newton Square area, including areas both north and south of the Turnpike and including the two Washington Street bridges. These are likely to be longer-term recommendations to be considered for construction in years beyond this project and will likely involve multiple State agencies as well as the City.

For construction in 2019/2020, the City is committed to enhancing the core of West Newton Square along Washington Street from Lucas Court to Chestnut Street. The City has put a placeholder in the 5 year capital improvement plan (CIP) of $4 million for this project.

The anticipated timeline leading to construction:
Summer & Fall 2018
Preparing and bidding the contract
City Council vote to approve project funds
Spring 2019
Initial construction and preparation elements
Spring to Fall 2019 & Spring 2020
Construction

Past Meetings:

Questions? Comments.

Please send all questions and comments to WestNewtonSq@newtonma.gov


Existing Plans reviewed and incorporated into this process:

2015 Washington Street Corridor Plan | CTPS
2011 West Newton Village Area Plan | MIT
Draft Complete Streets Policy

 

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