East Bridgewater Police and Department of Public Works Take Action to Address Safety at Intersection

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater Police and Department of Public Works Take Action to Address Safety at Intersection

 

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Police Chief Scott Allen and Department of Public Works Director John Haines report that they are actively working to address the intersection of Plymouth and Washington streets, where two crashes have occurred in the past 24 hours.

“I have been in direct contact today DPW Director Haines, Fire Chief Timothy Harhen, and with the Town Administrator and Board of Selectmen about short-term and long-term safety solutions that we have to address this intersection,” Chief Allen said. “We will be increasing our traffic enforcement in the area and I would advise drivers to slow down and be mindful of the stop signs on the roads.”

The five-leg intersection connects Plymouth Street (Route 106) with Washington Street, Old Plymouth Street, Davenport Road and Murray Road.

While the intersection has been an area of concern for both Chief Allen and Director Haines in the past, with the recent crashes they have taken measures to immediately address safety measures at the intersection and will be taking additional steps in the coming weeks and months.

Chief Allen has ordered increased and active traffic enforcement in the area. The police department has also placed a mobile speed trailer on Plymouth Street near the intersection.

Director Haines will have two message boards moved onto Washington and Old Plymouth streets later today. The message boards will warn vehicles of the approaching stop signs.

In addition, Director Haines had already ordered flashing LED stop signs to replace the signs on Washington and Old Plymouth streets in recent weeks. They will be installed once they have been delivered.

At approximately 8:50 a.m. today, a tractor trailer and a sport utility vehicle collided at the intersection of Plymouth and Washington streets. The 60-year-old female driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The male driver of the tractor trailer was uninjured.

On Tuesday morning, a serious crash occurred at the intersection when a pickup truck collided with a dump truck. Four people were injured in the crash, including two children.

In both of these incidents, the initial investigations indicate that the drivers of the vehicles traveling south on Washington Street failed to stop at the stop sign as they approached Plymouth Street. In both crashes, the investigations did not find any fault with the operators of the dump truck or tractor trailer that were traveling down Route 106.

“This intersection was subject of an Old Colony Planning Council Road Safety Audit in 2011, at the town’s request,” Director Haines said. “Within the past year, the DPW and police department have been looking at viable solutions for safety concerns for this intersection, as well as several other intersections where there have been a higher than average number of accidents.”

In 2015, the DPW contracted a professional traffic engineering company, and action plans were implemented for several of the audit recommendations for this particular intersection. In 2016, the DPW presented a capital project to improve the safety concerns in the area, but it was not funded.

Sgt. William Patterson, the police department’s Traffic Control Supervisor, has been working closely with DPW staff to address multiple areas of concern through East Bridgewater. Improvements have been made and are currently being addressed at other intersections, including Central and Washington streets and Summer and Belmont streets.

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East Bridgewater DPW Continues Improvement Projects at Youth Sports Complex

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works
John B. Haines, Director
100 Willow Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater DPW Continues Improvement Projects at Youth Sports Complex

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Department of Public Works Director John B. Haines is pleased to announce that the East Bridgewater DPW recently completed a project to replace a retaining wall at the John L. Silva Athletic Complex and is continuing to make improvements to the snack stand.

The project replaced a rotting wooden retaining wall with an aesthetically pleasing concrete block wall between the snack bar and Brewster Fuller Field.

Atop the retaining wall is a new chain-link fence and area where parents can watch their children play baseball and softball.

“Our Highway and Grounds Division installed 70-feet of concrete blocks and built the wall up six-feet high,” Director Haines said. “On top of the wall we replaced the old wooden railing with a fence that allows parents to be up higher and closer to the field. It will provide a much better view of the games.”

Funding for the project was appropriated at the Annual Town Meeting last year through the Recreation Commission. The project was a joint-venture between the DPW, Recreation Commission and East Bridgewater Little League.

Demolition of the old wall began at the end of August last year and the project was completed at the end of November. A new deck was added onto the snack stand over the past few months.

The next step will be to build a handicap ramp that will lead from the parking lot up to the snack stand and bathrooms.

The project is one of many that have been undertaken by the DPW in recent years to refurbish the fields at the complex. The town helps to maintain the fields, which sit between Church and Hobart streets. The complex consists of four youth baseball/softball fields, two basketball courts, a soccer field and an outdoor street hockey rink.

“Now that springtime has arrived, parents and players will notice a completely new look at the snack bar,” Director Haines said. “Once the ramp is done, we’re proud to say the snack bar will be completely handicap accessible.”

Director Haines would like to give special thanks to local contractor G. Lincoln & Sons, who built the snack bar deck originally 30 years ago and reconstructed it this time, and also Tom Williams, owner of Superior Pool Services, who donated labor and equipment to assist with site work and wall construction.

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Deadline to Sign Up for East Bridgewater Curbside Trash and Recycling Program Approaching

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works
John B. Haines, Director
100 Willow Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Deadline to Sign Up for East Bridgewater Curbside Trash and Recycling Program Approaching

Enrollment Ends June 1, Service Begins July 1

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Department of Public Works Director John B. Haines would like to remind residents that the deadline to sign up for the town’s new Curbside Trash and Recycling Program is less than one month away, on June 1, and announce that a new option has been implemented for elderly and low-volume trash users.

To enroll, sign up for the new program between now and the June 1 deadline. New trash toters will be delivered to homes prior to the service beginning on July 1.

Residents should call the East Bridgewater DPW office at 508 378-1620 or sign up online on the DPW website to enroll. All residents who are enrolled in the current curbside recycling program will automatically be opted into the new program.

The cost of the program for both trash and recycling is $25 per month and will be billed semiannually. This is a savings of at least $60 per year compared to local competitors.

DPW can provide a second recycling toter at no cost, and a second trash toter for $125 annually. Disposal of one large item per week will be permitted at no cost.

Participation in the new program grants residents free access to the Town’s Recycling Center. If you choose not to participate in the program, but want to use the Recycling Center, a permit sticker costs $75 per year. Permit stickers will be available at the DPW or Town Hall after June 1.

While using the town’s trash service is voluntary for all residents, elderly residents and those with low-volume trash output, who choose not to participate in the curbside collection program, can purchase yellow trash bags at either Town Hall or the Senior Center.

Those who choose not to participate in the curbside collection program will forego using a toter and can purchase yellow trash bags for $4 (rolls of five bags). Those residents will be responsible for dropping their trash bags off at the Recycling Center and they will not be picked up by the town. They will also require a $75 permit sticker to access the Recycling Center.

Please note, the cost of the yellow trash bags will be increased from $2 (the current price of the bags) to $4 to help offset the cost of disposing the trash at the Recycling Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

Do I have to participate in the new program?

A:

No – this program is voluntary but we believe it is the least expensive option for many of our residents.

Q:

Why does the new program cost more than the old program?

A:

The previous trash program had been supplemented by money the Town of East Bridgewater received in a settlement with former trash company BFI more than 20 years ago. That money was used to lessen the cost of trash pickup, but the funds have since elapsed.

The current program does not generate enough money to cover the cost of the services provided. These services include trash collection (picking trash up at the curb), trash disposal (hauling the trash to an approved trash facility and the cost for the facility to accept it), recycling collection (picking up your recyclables at the curb) and the recycling of all materials at the Recycling Center. The money generated from the new program will go directly toward the full cost of providing the services of trash and recycling collection and disposal.

Q:

Can I use just the recycling service or just the trash service?

A:

In order to participate in this new program you will need to utilize both services.

Q:

I already use the Town provided trash and recycling service, using yellow bags and the blue recycling toter. Do I need to sign up for the new program?

A:

No, if you are currently in the program you will automatically be opted in to the new program.

Q:

I have a dumpster at my condo/apartment complex. Is there a way I can still recycle?

A:

You can recycle by bringing your recyclable materials to the Bridge Street Recycle Center during its normal business hours.

Q:

I have another vendor providing trash and recycling services now. The cost is reasonably equal, why should I switch to the town provided program?

A:

We do not seek to tell residents what to do, but there are benefits to a single provider.

Using one trash and recycling provider in East Bridgewater to service the majority of the town will save wear and tear on our roads, decrease traffic issues and ensure the best price possible.

Multiple trash/recycling vendors means more large trucks on our streets daily. It is not uncommon right now to see 3 or 4 different vendor’s trucks on the same streets on the same day.

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East Bridgewater DPW Director Advises Residents About Paving Projects in Town This Week

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works
John B. Haines, Director
100 Willow Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 30, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater DPW Director Advises Residents About Paving Projects in Town This Week

EAST BRIDGEWATER —  Director John B. Haines would like to notify residents about multiple road paving projects that the East Bridgewater Department of Public Works will be working on this week, which will likely cause traffic delays.

Last week, the roads were milled down on portions of Oak, Washington and Plymouth Streets. This week, the roads are scheduled to be paved and detours will be put in place.

  •  Tuesday, May 1 – A portion of Oak Street will be paved between Washington and Franklin Streets.
  • Wednesday, May 2 – Paving will be done on Washington Street from Central Street to Crescent Street. Plymouth Street, from West Pond Street to Washington Street, will also be paved.

Residents and commuters are asked to seek alternate routes and expect some additional traffic congestion on side streets. Drivers are asked to adhere to posted speed limits.

“Any school buses, emergency vehicles and residents of these streets will be given priority to get down the detoured roads,” Director Haines said. “We want to thank residents for their patience in advance while this work is ongoing.”

The projects are expected to be completed by Wednesday. Any additional work, however, will be finished on Thursday.

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