Hollis Street Water Main
This goal of this project is to improve water service to the neighborhood east of Waushakum Pond at the Ashland town line by installing a new 8-inch pipeline between Bates Road and Andrews Street via the CSX property between Hollis Street and the railroad tracks. The neighborhood east of Waushakum Pond near Ashland is served by a single 8-inch cast iron pipe that was installed in 1910. Whenever that old pipeline is out of service, whether an emergency or maintenance, approximately 200 homes and businesses are out of water. Almost all other neighborhoods of that size in Framingham have multiple pipelines feeding them and are therefore much less vulnerable to loss of water. This project will create a second (redundant) source between Bates Road and Thayer Street by connecting those two end with a new 8-inch pipeline following a route to the east of Hollis Street, mostly within an existing City easement on CSX property.
The new redundant main will substantially improve reliability of service to the neighborhood east of Waushakum Pond and will improve water quality throughout the general area as a result of better water circulation in the system.
The route of this project is mostly away from homes and streets and therefore will have very little impact on day-to-day lives of residents and commuters. The pipeline route extends from the intersection of Bates Road and Brackett Road to the eastern end of Bates Road, across Waushakum Brook, then north on City property to the CSX property, continuing north on CSX property on a City easement, then west at 10 Thayer Street on another City easement, terminating at Thayer Street. Almost all of the work on Bates Road will take place on the northern side of the street, next to the park and on the opposite side of the street from residences. Access to most of the work on CSX property will be from the entrance to that property at 480 Hollis Street. Work at the northern end at Thayer Street will have minimal impact on residents in that area.
Construction for this project will follow the DPW’s “hybrid” approach, using a combination of DPW resources and on-call contractors. This approach, as opposed to the conventional design-bid-build approach, has been proven to be effective for smaller, more straightforward projects, saving construction costs and shortening schedules by minimizing design requirements. Hybrid projects require less detailed plans and specifications; and using pre-procured pricing for materials and contractor services leads to easily predicted and very accurate construction budgeting.
Installation of the new 8” water main continues. The work on Bates Road is now complete, and the new water main is online and serving customers. In early November, the entire new water main will be in operation, providing full back-up to the 8” main on Hollis Street. Paving will follow shortly after that.