Wellesley’s Fuller Brook park update, late summer

The following is from the DPW, Enineering division. All photo credits to DPW:

Work over the next several weeks will be concentrated between Cottage Street and Dover Road. A significant task on the Fuller Brook project is making improvements to roadway drainage to protect from spills and other pollutants and remove contaminants from stormwater before it enters the brook. These measures are called Best Management Practices for Stormwater or BMPs. Some of these BMPs include installing manholes between catch basins and the brook outfall, installing deep sumps in catch basins, and installing stone at the ends of outfall pipes.

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New catch basin with deep sump being installed in Cameron St.

After constructing drainage improvements in the streets, the DPW requires that the trench patch remain through at least a winter season to let settlement occur and then either install a permanent patch or an overlay pavement. This summer, roadways that had drainage installed last year were milled, paved, and restriped. These roads included Seaward Road, Abbott Road, and Forest Street this year. Next year will bring additional paving at Wellesley Ave., Brook St., Cameron St., and Cottage St. Also, ends of dead end roads abutting the park that had drainage improvements this year will be paved next year. These include Tappan St., Benton St., Winthrop St., Vane St., and Appleby St.

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Pavement at Abbott Street milled in preparation for pavement.

 

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Installation of asphalt “Cape Cod” curbing on Seaward Street prior to paving.

 

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A section of Forest Street repaved and restriped.

Another on-going task is reconstruction of four pedestrian bridges. The bridge design incorporates the materials and design features to match other structures constructed as part of the Fuller Brook project, addressing issues of safety and deterioration and extending their expected life for many years. Bridges at Appleby/Tappan, Simons Park, and Cold Spring Brook have been completed and the one at Leighton/Benton is expected to be completed in the next two weeks.

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Cold Spring Brook near Hunnewell School.

Other construction in the park involves continued stream restoration work. At this time work is concentrated in the section of the park between Cottage Street and Dover Road. Work includes removal of undesirable, sometimes invasive, vegetation, removal of concrete channel liners, installation of rock vanes, boulder clusters, coir logs, and coir fabric.

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Installation of coir logs for bank stabilization.

Your comments and questions regarding the Fuller Brook Park Preservation Project are always welcome. Please call the Department of Public Works Engineering Division at 781-235-7600 x 3315 or visit the Fuller Brook Park Preservation Project website atwww.wellesleyma.gov/fullerbrook for more information.