Here is a summary of the projects currently being coordinated by the Department of Public Works. For all projects, unless noted otherwise, work will occur Monday through Friday between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Please note that schedules noted in this summary are often altered by unforeseen events such as weather, scheduling conflicts, etc. We will do our best to update this page periodically with any changes. If you have any questions on these or other projects, please contact the DPW office at (413) 569-6772.
Town-Wide Street Sweeping
In April 2018, JR Sweeping of Agawam, MA will start street sweeping services of all Town roads and will continue through May 2018 until complete. Each Town road will be swept once during this process.
Town-Wide Water Meter Replacement
This work includes replacing existing water meters for all customers. This work began in late 2016. There are approximately 130 meters remaining that have not yet been replaced. If you are one of these customers, please contact the Southwick DPW to set-up an appointment. The installation process typically takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete during which time water service will temporarily be interrupted. The installer will need to access the meter (typically located in the basement) and outside meter reading device. If a meter is not replaced by the read time for the next billing cycle and requires a manual reading, the customer will be charged an additional water meter reading fee for each manual reading.
Refer to this link on the Town website for more information on this program.
School Sewer Project
This project includes constructing a new pump station on the school campus and piping through the Fernwood Park neighborhood to discharge flow at the Feeding Hills Road/Rail Trail crossing. The estimated project cost is $1.4m. JL Raymaaker & Sons Construction is close to completing construction of the new sewer mains along the road. In the Fall of 2017, construction of the pump station in the Powder Mill School parking lot will commence.
Veteran Street Infrastructure Improvements
Thanks to a grant from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, new drainage and water main will be constructed on Veteran Street, and the road will be widened and re-paved. Caracas Construction of Ludlow, MA will construct the improvements. Work is anticipated to begin in Spring of 2018 and will continue through Summer of 2018. The construction cost is $327,000.
Shurtleff Brook Bridge Replacement on North Loomis Street
Thanks to a $500,000 grant from MassDOT through the Small Bridge Program, the existing bridge over Shurtleff Brook on North Loomis Street will be replaced. The estimated project cost is approximately $800,000 with local funding to be used to offset the balance from the MassDOT grant. This project is currently under design and construction is estimated to start in Summer of 2018.
Congamond Road Improvements
MassDOT is funding a reconstruction of Congamond Road. This project will include new drainage, sidewalk on the south side of the road, and bike lanes. The estimated construction cost is $6.5m. This project is in the process of being awarded to A. Pereira Construction of Ludlow, MA. Construction is anticipated to start in Summer of 2018 and will likely continue through the end of 2019.
College Highway Water System Improvements
This project includes replacing the existing water main on College Highway from Tannery Road to the Springfield Water & Sewer Commission’s transmission main in Westfield. In addition, the existing pump station on College Highway will be moved to a new location close to the Westfield Town Line. This relocation will allow the Town to 1) provide water from our own sources to customers north of the existing pump station, and 2) upgrade the new pump station with an on-site treatment system that is required due to planned operational changes at Springfield Water & Sewer Commission.