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Five Corners Sewer Construction Project: Phase II

OVERVIEW
The Five Corners Sewer Project Phase II includes installation of a sanitary sewer collection system with approximately 2,700 linear feet of 6-inch sewer force main; 11,100 linear feet of gravity sewer; 850 linear feet of low-pressure sewer, Foundry Street Pump Station, 6,000 linear feet of water main replacement for the Mulberry Brook and Beaver Brook Stream Crossings.

NOTE - For up-to-date information about estimated Betterment costs, please visit the town-wide sewer page by clicking here. 

Ariel View of the Five Corners Sewer Construction

Phase II of the Five Corners Sewer Construction Project is Complete
The Town of Easton is pleased to announce the completion of phase II of the Five Corners Sewer Construction Project. Ensuring the reliability of the Town’s infrastructure systems is critical for the continued growth and vitality of Easton's neighborhoods and community. The Five Corners Sewer is designed to provide 165,000 gallons of daily treatment capacity to the district and follows more than five years of planning, outline and voter approvals at town meetings. 
 
The Easton Department of Public Works would like to express appreciation to the public for their patience shown throughout this project, and thank all of the municipal staff and contractors for their efforts to complete this necessary sewer work.
 
Miscellaneous follow-up activities and punch list work may be ongoing at times in the upcoming weeks, but major impacts and consistent presence of the contractor in the project area has concluded. 
 
Notice to Property Owners – Five Corners
The Five Corners Sewer District construction is substantially complete and ready for connections. Property owners in the Five Corners Sewer District that would like to connect should contact a Licensed Drain Layer or contact a contractor who is eligible to become licensed to begin the process of connecting to sewer. The cost to connect to the sewer lines installed by the Town is the responsibility of the property owner. The Easton Department of Public Works would like to recommend getting as many quotes as possible for the work and to be clear on what is or is not included in the scope of work (i.e. restoration of lawns, driveways, walkways, removal of trees, internal plumbing changes, abandonment of septic or cesspool, pumping of the old system, cost of permits, etc.).

Only Licensed Drain Layers (or those applying to be licensed) may apply for a sewer permit. The Town of Easton will License contractors that have experience installing municipal sanitary sewer, possess the required insurance, and have posted a $5,000 performance bond. Please note that those properties that need to connect via a low pressure pump should contact a professional engineer to design and stamp the low pressure system.

For each connection to municipal sewer the Drain Layer will need to obtain the following permits:

  • Sewer Permit from the Department of Public Works ($150 fee) 
  • Permit to Abandon the existing system(s) from the Board of Health (no fee for abandonment related to sewer connection)
Each of these permits is available for download from the Public Works Permit webpage. Permits and the associated application fees must be submitted to the respective Departments for approval. Property owners in the Five Corners Sewer District can learn more about the process of connecting to the sewer system by calling 508-230-0800 or by clicking on this link to the Public Works Permit webpage.

Easton to Complement the Five Corners Sewer Construction Project with the Award of a $1.5 Million MassWorks Infrastructure Grant
MassWorksGrantAnnouncementOn November 15, 2019, Housing and Economic Development Secretary, Mike Kennealy announced the award a $1.5 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to help reduce costs for Phase II of the Five Corners Sewer Construction Project. Designed to enhance employment and housing opportunities consistent with the Governor’s ‘Open for Business’ initiative, the Five Corners sewer district has long been identified as the Town's next economic development opportunity. The grant funding will help support the expansion of sewer further into Easton, which will serve more than 300 commercial and residential properties and will benefit ongoing and planned housing growth. The grant announcement, attended by state and local officials, was held at 9:00AM at Maguire’s Bar and Grill, located at 503 Foundry Street and was open to the public. 

Planned Construction Activities

Foundry Street Detour

The Foundry Street detour is operational and will remain in place 24 hours a day, 7 days per week until the winter months when it will be deactivated. It may be necessary to reactivate the detour in the spring of 2020 for roadway restoration activities. Traffic monitoring will continue throughout the project, and adjustments will be made as necessary. 

Construction activities will be performed Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please plan ahead for travel and expect delays. The Town of Easton appreciates your patience during this construction project and reminds everyone to please drive safely.

Crews replenishing construction materials for sewer and water main installation.

Sewer Service Information Form
ChrisMunroeComplete and return the sewer service information form, which was previously available at the May 29, 2019 Neighborhood Meeting. The form can be accessed here: Sewer Service Information Form

This form is necessary to allow your sewer service pipe to be installed at the correct location along your property line. You can email the completed form direct to Chris Munroe at MunroeC@peercpc.com. If you have any questions, or need assistance in filling out the form, please do not hesitate to contact Chris at (802) 598-1155. During construction, the Project Site Representative, Chris, may request access to your home to help locate your existing sewer line / septic pipe. His photo is displayed for safety reasons. We do not recommend letting anyone into your home unless you’ve verified who they are.

Benefits to the Community
The neighborhood’s reliance on individual wastewater septic systems has hindered growth within the area. The newly installed wastewater system will allow for the stimulation of economic growth and development; breathing new opportunities for undeveloped properties and making the overall environment more welcoming.

An additional benefit of the project is that it will address failing or compromised septic systems reducing the risk of contaminating local groundwater supplies. This provides an opportunity for:

Construction Activities - Installation of sewer piping on Foundry Street.
  • Environmental benefits for the valuable resource areas.

  • Failing or compromised septic systems.

  • Spurring economic growth & development by reuse and infill.

  • Capitalizing on undevelopable parcels.

Potential Challenges
The project to install a sanitary sewer collection system from Roberts Drive along Route 106 down Foundry Street to the Five Corners area will result in one-way traffic along Route 106 during most of Phase II construction. The greatest amount of traffic is anticipated to occur during morning commuting hours.

Phase II of the Five Corners Sewer Project will include the following impacts, which may cause a temporary disturbance to you or your business:

  • Temporary traffic detours (temporary traffic lights will be installed at each end of Highland Street to help regulate traffic.)

  • Temporary service interruptions - you will receive a minimum of 24 hours advance notification of any planned service interruptions associate with this work.

  • Please contact us if you have any regularly scheduled medical services, deliveries, etc. so that we may coordinate these service with you during construction.

  • We are interested in creating minimal disruption while we work to provide access to local businesses throughout the project and will post additional signs to help customers access the stores, shops and restaurants.

Five Corners Sewer Project Information
If you have any questions or concerns about construction, you may email DField@easton.ma.us or call the Department of Public Works main line at (508)-230-0800

The Administration, Highway, and Buildings and Grounds divisions are located at:

130 Center Street
North Easton, MA 02356 
Monday – Friday 7:00AM to 3:00PM