Mill Street Residents Without Water on Thursday, Repairs Underway

water-spoutResidents along a section of Mill Street won’t have any water while a water main is repaired on Thursday morning.

There will be no water until the main is repaired for residents on Mill Street between Union and Cottage streets.

When service resumes, the Hamilton Water Departments asks water customer to turn on their outside spigot or run your cold water until the lines run clear if discoloration has occurred.

The Water Department apologizes for the inconvenience and is working diligently to restore service.

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Gasoline Removal Creates Hazard, Firefighters Stand By While Situation Remedied

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHamilton firefighters spent more than two hours at a downtown gas station on Monday morning to make sure a job to empty gasoline tanks was done safely.

The Hamilton Fire Department was called to Hamilton Convenience Store at 178 Bay Road at 8:53 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14

A tank removal company was emptying the gasoline tanks so the tanks could be replaced, but 500 gallons of gasoline that had been removed was put in barrels next to the building.

That created an unsafe condition and the station was ordered to have the barrels removed, according to Fire Chief Philip Stevens Jr. A gasoline truck arrived by 10:16 a.m., he said.

Hamilton firefighters stood by until the hazard was rectified at 11:21 a.m., Stevens said.

When Will Work on the Water Project Be Happening On My Street?

The projected work schedule for the phase 3 water system improvement project in Hamilton, which will run from August through December 2017 with final paving in May 2018. All dates are subject to change

Lincoln Avenue: Aug. 14 – Sept. 11, 2017

Union Street: Aug. 14 – Sept. 18, 2017

Day Avenue: Aug. 30 – Sept. 18, 2017

Lorenzo Street: Sept. 8 – Sept. 20, 2017

Western Avenue: Sept. 12 – Sept. 28, 2017

Willow Street: Sept. 15 – Oct. 12, 2017

Roosevelt Avenue: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2, 2017

Central Avenue: Sept. 29 – Oct. 11, 2017

Cummings Avenue: Oct. 3 – Oct. 20, 2017

Moynihan Road: Oct. 3 – Nov. 1, 2017

Railroad Avenue: Oct. 5 – Nov. 3, 2017

Pleasant Street: Oct. 11 – Nov. 13, 2017

Elliot Street: Oct. 13 – Nov. 20, 2017

Home Street: Oct. 17 – Dec. 1, 2017

Honeysuckle Road: Oct. 18 – Nov. 20, 2017

Naples Road: Oct. 23 – Dec. 15, 2017

Red Coach Road: Oct. 26 – Dec. 4, 2017

Savoy Road: Oct. 26 – Dec. 27, 2017

Howard Street: Nov. 1 – Nov. 9, 2017

Madonna Drive: Nov. 2 – Dec. 15, 2017

Lois Street: Nov. 13 – Nov. 21, 2017

Essex Street: Nov. 22 – Dec. 19, 2017

Anthony Road: Dec. 8 – Dec. 27, 2017

Chebacco Road: Dec. 20, 2017 – Jan. 2, 2018

Final road paving for entire project: May, 7 – May, 25, 2018

Third Phase of Water Improvement Project Starts Monday

drop-of-water-545377_1920.jpgThe third phase of improvements to the Hamilton water system will start next Monday, Aug. 14. The work is scheduled to last until late December with final paving scheduled for spring 2018.

One crew will start near Lincoln Avenue and Asbury Street and a second crew will start work on Union Street on Monday, Aug. 14 and will be there through mid-September.

In September, work will move to Western, Roosevelt and Central avenues and last through Oct. 11.

At the start of October, work will start on Moynihan Road and then move to Honeysuckle and Red Coach roads then to Madonna Drive and Anthony Road, with work in those areas lasting until late December.

Starting in November, work will also happen on Essex Street near Woodbury Street and on Chebacco Road.

Later, phase 3 work will also occur on Elliott, Home, Howard, Lois, Lorenzo, Pleasant and Willow streets, Cummings and Railroad avenues and Naples and Savoy roads.

A complete scheduled of the planned work, with a complete list of all the streets where work will occur and the scheduled dates, is available here.

The contractor for the water main replacement work will be Robert B. Our Co. Inc. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and work in front of any one property could take 1-2 days – at which time most of the road and/or driveway could be blocked during the day.

The entire schedule is subject to change and residents along the roads planned for water main construction will receive a construction notice at least one week before it starts with the projected work dates in the area of their property and the project length, said Hamilton DPW Director Tim Olson.

Residents near the project area are encouraged to move their vehicle out of the work area before work starts in the morning to make sure they have access to their car during the day.

At the end of each work day, the excavation will be backfilled or covered and there will be access at night.

The contractor has also reminded residents in the project area that excavation, construction noise and construction equipment will be in the street during construction hours.

Weekday Train Service on Track to Resume Next Monday, T Tells Town

IMG_20170804_082828_1Weekday commuter rail service is expected to resume as planned on Monday, Aug. 14 because work to repair the Beverly drawbridge is on schedule.

The update was offered to Hamilton town officials this week by the MBTA.

Interim MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak made a visit the Beverly Drawbridge Replacement Project this weekend. The work is on schedule and nearing completion, according to the T.

The 28-day shutdown of all Newburyport/Rockport Line service north of Salem, including service to Hamilton-Wenham station, was required in order to replace the 120-year-old swing-span bridge in Beverly and conduct follow-up alignment and testing work, which will result in more reliable Newburyport/Rockport line service. Due to the shutdown, the MBTA started on July 17 with replacement shuttle bus service between Hamilton-Wenham station and Salem station. Poftak said that regular weekday train service will resume as planned and advertised on Monday, August 14.

Also ongoing is the installation of federally-mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) infrastructure – a safety system that prevents train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, and human error – along the Newburyport/Rockport, which means commuter rail trains aren’t operating on weekends through Sept. 30.

Flow Test Tuesday Morning Could Cause Discolored Water

flow testA required annual flow test of the sprinkler system at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and Miles River Middle next week could cause discolored water for some Hamilton residents on the public water system.

The test will be conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. School officials hope to get out the word that the test may cause discolored water throughout Hamilton. If water is discolored, residents are asked to run cold water until the water is clear.