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Weekend construction expected in Dedham Square

Posted by Natalie Feulner  August 17, 2012 12:18 PM

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Some weekend work is expected on the Dedham Square Improvement Project, starting Saturday. Crews will be working on the reconstruction of the sidewalk on the southern side of High Street from Court Street to Church Street, a notice from the town said.

Parking will be closed in the area while work is being done, but contractors expect to have it reopened by the close of the work day.

NEWS RELEASE:

The contractor will be working a night shift on Monday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The following work is planned:

• Installation of underground electrical conduits for the street and traffic lights will take place within the immediate intersections of High Street at Washington Street and High Street at Eastern Avenue.

No work will take place on Tuesday.

Below is the work planned for the remainder of the work week:

• The reconstruction of the sidewalk on the southerly side of High Street from just east of the pedestrian bump out near Café Bagel to Eastern Avenue will continue this week. Work will consist of the installation of new granite curbing and the construction of forms and pouring of the new concrete sidewalk. The brick banding will be installed in the sidewalk at a later date. The sidewalk will be temporarily closed for up to one week and the four on-street parking spaces will be unavailable while work in this area takes place. Temporary access ways through the construction area will be provided for all businesses and residential buildings while construction in this area takes place.

• The reconstruction of the sidewalk on the easterly side of Washington Street from the exit/entrance way for CVS and Needham Bank to High Street will continue this week. Work will consist of the installation of new granite curbing and grading and the construction of forms and pouring of the new concrete sidewalk. The brick banding will be installed in the sidewalk at a later date. The sidewalk will be temporarily closed for up to one week and the 13 on-street parking spaces will be unavailable while work in this area takes place. Temporary access ways through the construction area will be provided for all businesses and residential buildings while construction in this area takes place.

• The reconstruction of the sidewalk on the northerly side of High Street from Eastern Avenue to the project’s limit of work near “Cut Stop” will continue this week. Work will consist of the installation of new granite curbing and the construction of forms and pouring of the new concrete sidewalk. The brick banding will be installed in the sidewalk at a later date. The sidewalk will be temporarily closed for up to two weeks and the 10 on-street parking spaces will be unavailable while work in this area takes place. Temporary access ways through the construction area will be provided for all businesses and residential buildings while construction in this area takes place.

• Once the sidewalk area mentioned above in bullet #1 has had concrete poured and the forms removed and opened to pedestrian traffic, the contractor may begin the reconstruction of the sidewalk on the northerly side of High Street from Eastern Avenue to Washington Street. 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 will be temporarily closed for up to three weeks and the seven on-street parking spaces will be unavailable while work in this area takes place. 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 five to nine weeks. The existing five parking spaces near the easterly half of the retaining wall currently under construction will be unavailable for approximately three to four 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 week. 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.

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

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