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Construction closures continue this week in downtown Dedham

Posted by Natalie Feulner  July 23, 2012 04:03 PM

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NEWS RELEASE:
The following work on the Dedham Square Improvement Project is scheduled for this week:

• The reconstruction of the sidewalk on the westerly side of Washington Street from School Street to Bryant Street will continue this week. Work will consist of the removal of existing curbing and concrete sidewalks, installation of underground utilities, installation of new granite curbing and grading and forming for the pouring of the new concrete sidewalk. The brick banding will be installed in the sidewalk at a later date. The sidewalk and the seven on-street parking spaces within this limit of work will be temporarily closed for up to three weeks. Temporary access ways through the construction area will be provided for all businesses and residential buildings while construction in this area takes place.

• When the section of sidewalk mentioned above is being formed for concrete, the contractor will begin the reconstruction of the sidewalk on the easterly side of Washington Street from the entrance/exit way for CVS and Needham Bank to just south of the pedestrian bump out by District Convenience. Work will consist of the removal of existing curbing and concrete sidewalks, installation of underground utilities, installation of new granite curbing and grading and forming for the pouring of the new concrete sidewalk. The brick banding will be installed in the sidewalk at a later date. The sidewalk and the 12 on-street parking spaces within this limit of work will be temporarily closed for up to 3 weeks. Temporary access ways through the construction area will be provided for all businesses and residential buildings while construction in this area takes place.

• The contractor may be performing miscellaneous concrete work associated with the brick banding and tree frames for the sidewalks that have been poured to date. This work will take place on the street side half of the poured sidewalks where the proposed brick banding and tree frames are to be installed. The back half of the poured sidewalks should remain open for pedestrians. The on-street parking will be temporarily closed while work is taking place and reopened at the conclusion of the work day.

• The reconstruction of the Keystone Parking Lot retaining wall is scheduled to continue this week. Work will consist of the construction of the new concrete retaining wall, facing the concrete retaining wall with stone veneers cut from the existing retaining wall blocks and backfilling the retaining wall on the parking lot side to construct the remainder of the Keystone Parking Lot. Approximately 250 feet of sidewalk adjacent to the retaining wall from Eastern Avenue to the Route 1 bridge overpass will be closed for approximately six to 10 weeks. The existing five parking spaces near the easterly half of the retaining wall currently under construction will be unavailable for approximately four to five weeks during the construction of the concrete retaining wall. The contractor anticipates on backfilling the westerly portion of the retaining wall that has been constructed to date this upcoming week or the next. Once backfilled, the contractor should be able to move the Jersey Barriers back to the edge of the existing pavement which would provide room for some on-street parking for this area of High Street.

• Various utility companies will be working within the area of High Street near the retaining wall where the new utility poles have been installed over the next several months to switch their overhead utilities from the existing poles to the new poles. Once all the overhead utilities are switched over, the old poles will be removed.

• The contractor will be removing the remainder of the existing 24 street trees that exist within the square for the construction of the new sidewalks. There will be approximately 42 new street trees being planted within the sidewalk area as part of the improvement project. The new street trees are anticipated to be planted either this fall or next spring.

Except where noted above, the working hours for this week will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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