Whipple Road Water Main Replacement Project

Project Number

PW-21-11

Project Description

This project involves upgrades to the water distribution system piping on Whipple Road from the Lowell City Line to just beyond the Chandler Street intersection.  The Contractor for this work is C.J.P. and Sons Construction Co., Inc. of Millis, MA. The upgrades include replacing the existing 6” to 12” transite and cast iron water main with new 8” to 12” ductile iron water main. This new water main will provide greater flow capacity due to its larger pipe diameter. The new pipe will also have greater structural stability due to the piping material type (ductile iron) which is less prone to water main breaks. Water service connections between the new 8” ductile iron water main and the curb stop (valve typically located at the property line of each house) will also be replaced with new HDPE tubing (1” diameter in most locations). Existing fire hydrants and hydrant piping will be replaced with new hydrants. Additionally, several new fire hydrants will be installed throughout the project area in locations where there are not existing fire hydrants. The increased size of the water main along with the new fire hydrants will allow for greater fire protection capabilities throughout these neighborhoods. 

Temporary Bypass Water Main is planned for use some locations during this project where necessary.  There will be some water service interruptions that are necessary during this construction project. Notices will be distributed to affected households at least 48 hours in advance of the anticipated shutdowns.

Project Location

Whipple Road from the Lowell City Line to just beyond the Chandler Street intersection

Anticipated Construction Dates

Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in September 2022.  This start date may potentially change based on water piping supply chain issues.  The 2022 construction season ends on November 15, 2022 to allow for winter snow and ice operations.  The 2023 construction season will open on April 3, 2023.  The total time for water main and service installation is expected to take approximately nine months (not including winter work stoppages).

Typical Work Hours

Monday to Friday from 7:00AM to 3:30PM excluding holidays.

Roadway Closure/Detour Information

More information will be available on roadway closures and detours once the construction start date gets closer.

Project Updates

Please check here for periodic updates on this project.

Contractor

The contractor for this project is C.J.P. and Sons Construction Co., Inc of Millis, Massachusetts.

Project Contacts

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Stack, Project Manager at (978) 640-4440 x256 or astack@tewksbury-ma.gov.

Project Documents

Whipple Road Locus Map