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New water main will mean construction, detours in Stony Brook Reservation for next couple of years

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.

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ME! MORE PIPELINES = MORE DROUGHT!

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You should end that evil injustice known as running water.

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They're painted in the parking spaces across Enneking Parkway from Turtle Pond.
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I wrote to the published MWRA contacts for this project several days ago, but they have not responded. Locating an MWRA facility here could have a significant impact on recreation in Stony Brook Reservation. Since the DCR already eliminated most parking in the reservation, the few spots remaining here are pretty much the only ones with access to both the trail network and Turtle Pond, and they represent a high percentage of the overall parking for recreational access to the reservation.

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And when I manually load the url you've got it directs me to a nul google content page.

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D'oh, rookie mistake. Better now?

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n/t

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Just updated the post with additional info from the MWRA about how you're not going to be able to drive into the reservation from Wasshington Street once construction starts.

Hat tip to chaosjake for prodding me to ask.

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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.

I'm confused, does this mean that folks from Boston who wants to visit the Boston-located Reservation have to travel out to Dedham and then come back in, but outtatownahs can just drive right in?

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There are many ways to access the reservation without leaving the bounds of Boston. You could go down Poplar past the golf course, then cut across Aspen to get back to the park, or you could go down West Boundary Road and cut through the Georgetown development. Or you could take the bus down Washington Street and pick up the trailheads near the entrance to Stony Brook Commons, along Washington across from Heron, or at the top of W Boundary.

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As someone who drives enniking outbound every day, I am rather surprised this was just decided like this. So the city of Boston is just going to automatically approve a permit?

So does this mean if I want to set up a plutonium refinery in my back yard, the city will automatically approve it?

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They've shortened the old 50-mile route to 40 miles, leaving out Stony Brook Reservation (as well as Peters Hill, Bellevue Hill, and Readville). I wonder if this is why?

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Hub On Wheels is omitting Stony Brook Reservation this year, as well as Peters Hill, Bellevue Hill, and Readville.

As a Readville resident who enjoys recreation in the Stony Brook, thank God.

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Dumb dumb dumb.... they are starting in October, but after November 15th (cuz of the ground freezing) I'm pretty sure you can't open up the street unless it's an emergency i.e. Gas leak broken water main, so why not wait till next spring?

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Could be the water line is below the frost line of 4' below grade? They can dig the trench, put the steel plates down for safe passage where they're not working.

But if it were my project I'd have them only open up as much as they could get done within a certain time frame.

Maybe they're phasing the project: work as long as they can until the snow flies, close up the trench for safe passage & snow removal, get back to work when ground thaws.

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It is a state project being done on state roadways, so the City has very little say in the matter. Some, but not much.

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Oh good, more road work in West Roxbury - because we don't have enough road work and detours right now.

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