A contractor is scheduled to begin work this month on a two-year project to build a new water main through Stony Brook Reservation to serve several southern suburbs.
The work might force commuters to alter their drives along Enneking and Dedham parkways. A spokeswoman for the MWRA, which is paying for the work, says:
During construction, traffic through the Stony Brook Reservation will be maintained on the inbound lane traveling from Dedham to Boston. Outbound traffic will be redirected to Washington Street.
The project's aim is to add a second water main, 36 inches wide, to the single pipe that now provides MWRA water - around 5 million gallons a day - to Canton, Norwood, Dedham, Westwood and Stoughton.
The work will connect an existing MWRA main at the Bellevue Hill standpipes in West Roxbury, then go into a trench under Washington Street, down Enneking Park and to Dedham Parkway, where it will hook a right and go up that parkway into Dedham. The current pipe goes down Washington Street into Dedham.
P. Gioioso & Sons won the Boston segment of the work with an $11.8-million bid.
The work might also make it harder sometimes to find one of the reservation's already tiny number of parking spaces:
The parking spaces will not be used for the purpose of staging; however there may be occasional temporary impacts to the spots as construction vehicles access the site.