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Dedham sets square improvement project 'shutdown date'

Posted by Natalie Feulner  October 15, 2012 10:35 AM

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The following construction is planned for this week in downtown Dedham as part of the town’s Dedham Square Improvement Project.

Please note, the winter shutdown date for the project was recently set at Nov. 15. This means that the contractor will be allowed to work beyond this date on a week-to-week basis depending on weather.

To see updates and photos from the project, visit the website, www.dedhamsquareproject.com.

NEWS RELEASE:

1. The reconstruction of the sidewalk on the westerly side of Washington Street from the High Street to Harris Street will continue. Work will consist of the grading, construction of concrete forms and pouring of new concrete sidewalks. The brick banding will be installed in the sidewalk at a later date. The sidewalk will be temporarily closed for up to one week. Temporary access ways through the construction area will be provided for all businesses and residential buildings while construction is ongoing.

2. The reconstruction of the sidewalk on the easterly side of Washington Street from High Street to Harris Street may begin this week. Work will consist of the removal of existing curbing and concrete sidewalks, installation of underground utilities, installation of new granite curbing and the 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 12 on-street parking spaces will be unavailable only when work in this area takes place. Temporary access ways through the construction area will be provided for all businesses and residential buildings while construction is ongoing.

3. The reconstruction of the sidewalk on the southerly side of High Street from Eastern Avenue to the project’s limits (Route 1 overpass) will begin this week.
Work will consist of the 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 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.

4. The concrete apron for the Keystone Parking Lot will be poured this week. The entranceway will be closed for one to two days while the concrete for the apron is poured and then cures enough to have vehicles travel over it. A temporary entrance way will be constructed on Eastern Avenue near High Street (approximately same location as old Keystone exit location.)

5. Miscellaneous earthwork in the northerly end of the Keystone Parking Lot will continue. Work will consist of the installation of granite curbing, installation of underground utilities, landscaping and grading of the remainder of the parking lot for asphalt pavement to be installed at a later date.

6. The installation of bricks for the brick banding located within the sidewalks will continue this week. On-street parking will be temporarily closed during work hours in the areas the contractor is conducting work and reopened again at the end of the work day.

7. 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 two to four weeks.

8. The contractor will 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.

9. The installation of street trees and landscaping will continue this week. This will be occurring at various locations throughout the square.

10. 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.

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