Scenic Road Hearing Moved to Tuesday, January 26

The Planning Board Scenic Road Hearing will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The board will immediately indicate that the hearing will be moved to Jan. 26 to allow interested participants sufficient time to comment on the application, relevant statutes, and rules governing the process.

New Bulk Waste Pick-Up Policy in Effect January 1, 2021

In March, 2020, the Bedford Select Board approved pick-up/collection fees on certain bulk items.

When calling to schedule a pick-up of a bulk item, appliance, and television/monitor, or electronics, residents will have to provide a credit card number to Republic Services Customer Service for the fees listed on the Town’s flyer.

Bedford DPW’s Update on Saturday’s Nor’Easter

Sometimes those “official” snowfall totals don’t reflect reality.

Department of Public Works Director David Manugian Monday said that the weather service employed by the town, which has a snowfall gauge on a municipal building, certified the amount from Saturday night into Sunday morning as two inches.

He respectfully disagrees. “At one point there were five inches. Then the rain came and it packed and packed. And there was a lot of drama in between.”

Snow and ice removal went smoothly, he reported, and a lot of that had to do with readiness.

Curbside Yard Waste Collection Resumes Next Week; Compost Center Closes December 5

With a holiday weekend coming up there’s still time to rake the yard and get rid of the leaves and other stuff that’s fallen from the trees.

Disposal’s easy: You can take them to the Compost Center on Carlisle Road, or leave them at the curb for yard waste pick up starting on November 30.

Yard Waste: Curbside Pick-Up Begins Monday, November 9

The leaves fell earlier this year and the bags of leaves are piling up but they will be gone soon.

Curbside collection of yard waste begins next week.

The Department of Public Works has scheduled yard waste collection for two weeks starting November 9 and 16, then a final pick-up during the week after Thanksgiving, starting on Monday, November 30.

Additional DPW Recycling Events Scheduled for October 17 and October 24

The Department of Public Works is planning two collection events on Saturday, October 17 and Saturday, October 24. Each event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Compost Center on 108 Carlisle Road.

Both events are open to Bedford residents only. Proof of residency is required.

On Saturday, October 17, Bedford residents will have the opportunity to get rid of electronic waste and debris homeowners have generated from household projects. Also, Habitat for Humanity will accept hardwood furniture and other household items that day.

The following week,  on  Saturday, October 24, residents may bring scrap metal, rigid plastics, tires, propane tanks, and expired fire extinguishers for recycling.

DPW Plans New Recycling Collection for October 17

The Department of Public Works is planning a second recycling collection on Saturday, October 17 from 8 am to 1 pm at the DPW Facility, 108 Carlisle Road, for residents who were turned away during the October 3 collection.

The event is open to Bedford residents only; proof of residency is required.

Bedford residents will have the opportunity to get rid of electronic waste, homeowner project debris, scrap metal, rigid plastics, tires, propane tanks, and expired fire extinguishers.

DPW Paper Shredding Event ~ New Hours and Schedule ~ Saturday, October 10

The Department of Public Works is holding a paper shredding event this Saturday, October 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Compost Center on 108 Carlisle Road.

The event is open to Bedford residents only. There is a limit of five boxes per car and residents will not be permitted to watch their documents get shredded. Proof of residency is required.

Shawsheen Bridge Repairs ~ From Late Friday to Early Monday

In order to repair the Shawsheen River bridge along The Great Road, through traffic will be detoured from 8 pm on Friday, October 2, until 5 am on Monday, October 5.

“Businesses will remain open and accessible at either end of the detour,” confirmed DPW Director David Manugian. “Whether you’re headed to Jiffy Lube or Stop and Shop, you’ll be able to get there.”

Businesses will Remain Open and Acessible During Shawsheen Bridge Repairs ~ October 2 to 5

In order to repair the Shawsheen River bridge along The Great Road, through traffic will be detoured from 8 pm on Friday, October 2, until 5 am on Monday, October 5.

“Businesses will remain open and accessible at either end of the detour,” confirmed DPW Director David Manugian. “Whether you’re headed to Jiffy Lube or Stop and Shop, you’ll be able to get there.”

State Delegation Joins Town to Remind Residents About Bridge Repair

The bridge on The Great Road spanning the Shawsheen River near Stop and Shop Plaza will be closed for repairs from the evening of Friday, October 2, to the morning of Monday, October 5.

State Representative Ken Gordon (D – Bedford), Senator Mike Barrett (D – Lexington), and Bedford Town Manager Sarah Stanton remind residents to seek alternate routes, if possible. The work will be contained within one weekend.

The rehabilitation plan was developed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) after a recent Bridge Rating Report found that several of the bridge’s beams have an extremely low carrying capacity. The weekend of important repairs will restore the safety and structural stability of the bridge while minimizing inconvenience to residents and businesses. The bridge will re-open before the Monday morning commute and school bus schedule.

“Given the current structure of the bridge, there is no getting around the necessity of these repairs. However, I am happy that MassDOT will be able to make them so quickly and with such little inconvenience to the town,” said Rep. Gordon when the construction was first announced. “Drivers will be detoured for the weekend, but it is a small price for a safe and stable bridge for years to come.”

Fawn Lake Weekly Update ~ September 11, 2020

The Dredgit crew continues to dredge and haul, having just completed 4 full weeks of dredge operations in the lake.  This week they removed 1,012 cubic yards of sediments for a total of 3,698 yards, approximately 46% of the total amount to be cleared.  This material is being sent to the Lexington facility for reuse in their compost operations.  The dredge barge is working in the O – O cross-section (see construction drawings, sheet C-6),  which is almost the middle of the lake.  The dredged material continues to be all organic, with a few small rocks and a couple of coins mixed in at the bottom.

Great Road Detour for Bridge Repair ~ Weekend of October 2 – 5

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will be replacing the Great Road (Route 4/225) bridge deck over the Shawsheen River as part of its emergency bridge repair program.

During the weekend closure, currently scheduled for Friday evening, October 2 to Monday morning, October 5, there will be no access across the bridge; vehicles and pedestrians will be detoured along Brooksbie Road, Page Road, and Shawsheen Road as shown on the attached map.  Access to local businesses and residences will be maintained at all times.