West Newton Square Enhancements Project

City Council Presentation

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:00pm @ City Hall, Room 204

Memo & Graphics

Presentation

Project Contact:

westnewtonsq@newtonma.gov

617-796-1127

 

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ABOUT THE WEST NEWTON SQUARE ENHANCEMENTS PROJECT

The City of Newton is embarking on a project to plan, design, and construct roadway, sidewalk, and streetscape improvements in the heart of historic West Newton Square for construction in 2018/2019.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the Concept Design & Detailed Design phases.  On Wedensday, November 29, 2017, the project team will present the plans to the City Council's Public Facilities and Public Safety & Transportation Committees for consideration and possible vote. The staff memo to the Council and supporting graphics are available here for review. City Staff continues to respond to questions about this project at westnewtonsq@newtonma.gov and will be at L'Aroma Cafe on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 4pm - 6pm to answer questions. 

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 2017/2018 and will likely involve multiple State agencies as well as the City.

For construction in 2017/2018, 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 $3-4 million for this project.

National Grid - Gas Main Replacement

National Grid has given notice to the City of Newton that the utility gas line improvement work on Washington St. in West Newton is anticipated to begin on Monday May 22, 2017. This is an important first step in the construction of the enhancements project to ensure that the newly improved roadway is not subsequently disrupted for important utility work. National Grid and Feeney Brothers will be performing infrastructure upgrades in the area of 1250 to 1397 Washington St, Newton, MA:

  • Anticipated Start Date: On or about May 22, 2017
  • Completion time: Approximately August 31, 2017
  • Construction days and hours: 7:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. Monday thru Saturday.

What you can expect during National Grid's construction.
Typical natural gas main replacement and service construction includes:

  • Marking out underground utilities within the project scope area (e.g., water, sewer, gas, electric, etc)
  • Excavation of the street and laying of new gas main
  • Relaying National Grid customer's individual gas services and connecting that service to the new main
  • Meters may need to be relocated to the outside of the home or business.
  • Temporary or permanent restoration of disturbed areas in accordance with the town ordinance

FAQs on National Grid Gas Main Replacements

Letters submitted to the City and Abutting Properties

Video on Gas Main Replacements

National Grid Contact: Please call us at 781-907-3804 (Walter F. Fromm, Director of Construction) OR 781-907-3419 (Grace Sawaya, Manager, Community & Customer Management)

Thank you for sending us your ideas!

  • In June and July 2016, we collected ideas and inspirations from West Newton residents and businesses. Thank you to everyone who participated in the June 30th meeting, the July 13th Site Walk, and the online platforms!
  • In September and October 2016, we asked you to provide feedback on concept plans.Thank you to all who attended the meeting, submitted points through the wikimapping site or sent in emails!
  • In December 2016, we met with you to review the final concept design and discuss our next steps for the detailed design phase.
  • In June 2017, we presented and fielded questions on the 75% detailed design plans. We are happy to discuss this project with everyone, please reach out to our team at westnewtonsq@newtonma.gov

The City of Newton considers community participation crucial to ensure that that public needs and inputs are considered in a project. This is a collaborative process between members of the West Newton community, City staff, and members of the project consultant team at HDR, Inc. and Klopfer Martin Design Group. The City is committed to involving the community during all phases of planning, design and construction of the West Newton Project.

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Past Meetings:

  • Workshop #1: Ideas and Opportunities Discussion (Thurs, June 30th, 2016 6:30-8:00 pm)
    • Link to the Presentation
    • Workshop #1.A Site Walk: Project team members were out in West Newton Square with maps and markers collecting input from residents and businesses (Wed, July 13, 2016 - 9-10 am, and 6:30-7:30pm)
  • Workshop #2: Review Design Concepts (Weds, September 28, 2016  6:30-8:00pm)
  • Workshop #3: Final Concept Design (December 14, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm, First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington St, West Newton)
  • Workshop #4: Detailed Design (June 14, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm, First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington St, West Newton)

Questions? Comments.

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


Existing Plans being 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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