Highway Division


What we do:

Operate and maintain the roadway network including

               86 miles of roads
               65 miles of curbing
               35 miles of sidewalks
               several hundred signs
               thousands of feet of traffic markings (lines, crosswalks, stop bars, etc...)
               11 bridges
               100+ culverts

Operate and maintain the drainage network

               2,800 catch basins
               1,300 manholes
                thousands of feet of drainage pipe
               drainage ditches, rivers, and streams

Operate and maintain the Town's dams

                Hackett's Pond Dam
                Factory Pond Dam
                Forge Pond Dam
                Curtis Crossing Dam (Luddams Ford site)

Rebuild roads

Provide fleet maintenance services for most town vehicles

Provide excavation and trucking services for other DPW divisions

Operate the Town's centralized fuel management system

Manage the snow and ice control program


When will my road be paved?

This is a question we are often asked.  A number of factors go into the DPW's roadway maintenance and reconstruction plans.  The biggest factor is money.  The Town of Hanover receives roughly $500,000 a year in state aid (Chapter 90) funds to perform road maintenance.  In years past the Town Meeting has supplemented this money with local pavement management funds.  The economic downturn over the past few years has limited the Town's ability to appropriate these supplemental funds.

The May 2011 Town Meeting and subsequent Town Election took an extraordinary action and authorized $8.5 million to repair many of the worst roads in town. This vote was a clear choice by Hanover's residents to maintain its investment in the road network.   The current work plan for this work may be viewed at the following link: 
Roadway Reconstruction Plans

The DPW Director, Deputy Superintendent, and Highway Foreman evaluate the condition of every town road in town every two to three years.  Roads are rated on a number of factors.  This information is used to drive the Town's pavement management plans.   Ultimately each road is assigned a pavement condition index of 1-10 with one being severely distressed and ten being new.  The roads are then mapped out using the Town's Geographic Information System (GIS) to develop a townwide map of pavement condition.  In this map, the severely distressed roads are color coded in red, the moderately distressed roads in yellow, and the good to fair roads in green or blue.  We use this map, together with other information such as the condition of curbing and sidewalks, to develop our pavement plans.  Streets in like condition in neighborhoods are grouped together where possible so that neighborhoods age at roughly the same rate.  Grouping streets also allows us to minimize the mobilization costs of the paving crew.

Ultimately the choice of which roads we do maintain is based upon the available funds.  We attempt to perform light preventive maintenance to roadways where possible (crack sealing or microsurfacing) to extend the life of pavement that is in fair condition.  Overlays are generally planned  for streets that are moderately distressed.  Roads that are severely distressed generally need significant reconstruction.  The cost of the repair naturally goes up as the distress level rises.  The presence of curbing and sidewalks increases the cost of roadway reconstruction. 


Staff and Budget

The highway division operates with a staff of nine employees and an annual budget for FY 15 expenses of $543,000.  The snow and ice operations are funded through an additional appropriation of $387,000.


Road Work Update

 

Street Project Status Expected Completion
Adam Lane Sidewalk Work/Pointing of curbs In progress - contractor:   Mass Pavement Reclamation November 2014
Shoulder work Pending
November 2014
Pondbrook Drive Sidewalk In progress - contractor:   Mass Pavement Reclamation November 2014
Shoulder work/driveway approaches Pending
November 2014
Great Rock Road Install 2 handicap Ramps In progress - contractor:   Mass Pavement Reclamation November 2014
Shoulder work/driveway approaches Pending November 2014
Shingle Mill Lane Sidewalk In progress - contractor:   Mass Pavement Reclamation November 2014
Shoulder work/driveway approaches Pending
November 2014
Hackett's Pond Drive Sidewalk In progress - contractor:   Mass Pavement Reclamation November 2014
Shoulder work/driveway approaches Pending
November 2014
Old Icehouse Lane Shoulder work/driveway approaches Pending
November 2014
Wade Way Shoulder work/driveway approaches Pending
November 2014
Hearthstone Lane Shoulder work/driveway approaches Pending
November 2014
Fieldstone Lane Pave 2 handicap ramps In Progress -  contractor:   Robert B. Our November 2014
Cobblestone Lane Pave 2 handicap Ramps In Progress -  contractor:   Robert B. Our November 2014
Broadway (Rte 53 to Norwell Line) Shoulder work/driveway approaches Pending November 2014
Larchmont/Birchwood/Maplewood Additional sidewalk work In Progress -  contractor:   Robert B. Our November 2014
Loam and seed shoulders In Progress -  contractor:   Robert B. Our November 2014
Driveway approaches In Progress -  contractor:   Robert B. Our November 2014
Mann's Drive Curbing Work
In progress - contractor:   Mass Pavement Reclamation November 2014
Sidewalks
In progress - contractor:   Mass Pavement Reclamation November 2014
Shoulder work/driveway approaches Pending November 2014


Why does it take so long to complete some projects?

Massachusetts General Laws dictate a very formal process by which the Town specifies and bids jobs to deliver the best value for the taxpayers.  Our contractors are all highly qualified and have committed to completing the work.  Sometimes the sequencing of projects dictate when certain contractors can do their work.  In particular, final paving on jobs cannot be completed until drainage adjustments and curbing adjustments are completed.  Weather delays can also  impact schedules, as can a backlog of work for some of the contractors who are also working in other communities. We are obviosuly frustrated that we cannot provide the exact date that certain work will take place as we are dependent on the schedules of our contractors.   We work closely with our business partners to expedite projects wherever we can, adjusting schedules and resequencing work  to ensure that projects get completed.  While they are in town, we work closely with contractors and project abutters to solve problems that pop up to minimize disruptions.