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Newbury Street Water Main Replacement Project

street level view Newbury Street
Newbury Street


The Boston Water and Sewer Commission's (the Commission) Newbury Street Water Main Replacement Project involves the replacement of existing water mains and associated valves and hydrants on Newbury Street from Arlington Street to Gloucester Street in the Back Bay.The purpose of the project is to improve the overall system as part of the Commission's ongoing capital improvement program.

Project Updates
11/1/2012 Project Update
2/7/2012 Project Update
11/4/2011 Project Update
10/7/2011 Project Update
9/27/2011 Overnight Water Distruption
9/15/2011 Project Notice
8/25/2011 Project Map
8/11/2011 Project Overview

Scope of Work

The work includes replacement of 3,900 linear feet of existing 12-inch water mains with 12-inch ductile iron water mains and associated valves and hydrants. The main line water main on Newbury Street from Gloucester Street to Fairfield Street and the water mains within the intersections of Fairfield Street and Gloucester Street were replaced last year.The main line water main on Newbury Street between Fairfield Street and Arlington Street and the water mains within the intersections of Clarendon Street and Dartmouth Street will be replaced this year. Main line water main replacement will begin in April 2012, after the Patriots' Day holiday, in the Fairfield Street to Exeter Street block.

The contractor will first prepare for the connection of individual buildings to the temporary water supply bypass pipe in this area in March, by locating the connection point and determining the type of connection that will be necessary for each building. This will be followed by connecting the buildings to the bypass to maintain the water supply during construction. Access into buildings will be necessary to prepare for and make the connections to the temporary bypass and this work will be coordinated with individual buildings. The contractor will also coordinate with individual buildings to disconnect from the bypass and connect to the new main line pipe once construction is complete on each block. The work in the intersections necessitates one-day water main shutdowns, and times will be coordinated with impacted customers.

Anticipated Impacts

The anticipated impacts include water service interruptions, noise, traffic and parking modifications, dust and general construction impacts. The contractor will be required to control and mimize impacts to the extent feasible.

Business Liaison

The Commission has dedicated a liaison to the project who will coordinate directly with each abutting business for water interruptions and to ensure access is maintained for customers, deliveries and trash removal.

Water main excavation

Temporary Restoration

Temporary restoration of roadways, sidewalks and other areas disturbed by construction will be completed under this contract. Permanent restoration will occur under a separate paving contract. The permanent restoration may occur in phases, depending on the sequencing of the water main work.

Overall Schedule

  • Phase II April 2012 to November 2012: Fairfield Street to Arlington Street
  • Construction on each block is anticipated to take two to three months to complete depending on the number of building services in each block.
  • Phase III Permanent Paving
    June 2012: Gloucester to Fairfield Streets
    November 2012: Fairfield to Dartmouth Streets
    April 2013: Dartmouth to Arlington Streets

Project Coordination and Activity

The Commission is committed to working closely with the Mayor's Office; elected officials; Boston Public Works Department (BPWD), Boston Transportation Department (BTD) and Project limits: Newbury Street Arlington Street to Gloucester Street other City departments; the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; the MWRA and other public and private utility companies; state and federal regulatory agencies; and, most importantly, with abutters to ensure the project is successfully completed. Effective coordination will also help mitigate many short-term construction related impacts that may be associated with the project.

Community Relations

The Commission is committed to a proactive community relations program during construction of this project. The program is designed to keep residents, businesses and elected officials informed about the project by holding public meetings, placing notices in local newspapers and posting updates on the project webpage, which can be found on the Commission's website at

Before construction begins on a section of the street, a notice will be sent in the mail and distributed by hand delivery announcing the work to be performed. The contractor is required to provide 48-hour notice to abutters for any anticipated water interruptions. Advisories and periodic updates and notices will be distributed to the project email list and by hand delivery. Project staff will meet periodically with residents, businesses, civic groups, and elected officials to provide updates, as requested or appropriate.

Commission staff will work closely with affected abutters regarding issues such as pedestrian and vehicular traffic management, access to residences and business establishments, and maintaining access for deliveries and trash removal. A dedicated business liaison will coordinate access and water interruptions with individual businesses and property owners/managers affected by the Newbury Street Water Main Replacement Project.

During construction hours, a full-time inspector and project coordinator will be onsite. Any concerns or questions should be addressed to the field personnel. In the event of an emergency during non-work hours, please contact the Commission for the fastest response at 617-989-7000.


For further information or questions please contact the following:

Boston Water and Sewer Commission:

Irene McSweeney, Director of Construction

Steve Johnson, Project Engineer 617-989-7453

Phil Brown, Inspector 617-989-7680

Sean Canty, Intergovernmental Relations Manager

D'Allessandro Corporation:


Torrey LeCornec, Field Engineer

Sunil Patel, Resident Representative 781-254-0745

If you have questions or concerns about construction, please call Sean Canty.

In an emergency, contact BWSC's 24-hour, 7-day a week number at 617-989-7000.


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