Water Main Replacement on Parts of Lowell Street, North Street & Summer Street

About the Projects

Map showing Lowell and North StreetsThere are two concurrent water main projects in the area of Lowell Street (see Map showing Lowell and North Streets):

  • A Town of Burlington project in Lexington, extending from the intersection of Adams Street and North Street, along North Street to Lowell Street, and down Lowell Street to the intersection of Maple Street
  • A Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) project extending from the intersection of Maple Street and Lowell Street, down Lowell Street to Summer Street, and down Summer Street to Reed Street in Arlington.

These two projects will allow Burlington to more fully connect to the MWRA system. They will also benefit Lexington by replacing water mains at a greatly reduced cost to the Town, with improved water quality and reliability.

Burlington / Lexington Project

The Town of Burlington is leading a project in Lexington to have water mains replaced:

  • along Lowell Street from Maple Street to North Street
  • on North Street from Lowell Street to Adams Street

This work will include new water service connections to each home at the curb property line. Temporary water connections using above ground pipes will be required for some homes. There may be service interruptions and scheduled shutoffs will be communicated to residents directly from the Town of Burlington.

Construction began in mid-April 2022 and will continue through mid-November. Final roadway restoration paving will occur in 2023.

  • Contractor: GVC Construction, Inc.
  • Engineering Consultant: Wright-Pierce

Construction Hours

Construction will only occur Monday through Thursday (usually) from 7 am to 5 pm.

Traffic Detours

Traffic along Lowell Street and access to homes will be maintained, but please expect delays. Work may occasionally require detours. Traffic signage will be set up to provide directions to drivers and pedestrians on how to navigate around construction. Please see the linked detour map.

UPDATE:  August 9th

24” water main has been installed along Lowell Street from East Street to North Street.  Interconnections with the 24” water main for side streets and hydrants will continue along this stretch of Lowell Street for the next several weeks.   Once the new water main has been tested and connected to the system, house services will be transferred over to the new water main and temporary water mains removed.  Currently work is concentrated in the area between East Street and Woburn Street with a  partial detour set up diverting Southbound traffic on Lowell Street to Laconia Street.  Northbound traffic will remain on Lowell Street. This work is ongoing. Expect traffic delays and service interruptions during switchover. 

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Wright-Pierce, the Towns' Engineering consultant for this project:

  • Amy Coppers Costantino
    Phone: 978-416-8019
  • Sarah Simoni
    Phone: 860-852-1931

MWRA Project

The MWRA Project will begin on April 19, 2022. The MWRA's Contractor, Albanese D&S, will be installing two water pipelines between the intersection of Summer St. and Reed St. (in Arlington) up to the intersection of Lowell St and Maple St and involves two separate phases. Construction will continue for approximately two years. This work is an MWRA-controlled project, all on State roads.

The first construction phase, beginning in April 2022, is the installation of a 24-inch MWRA water main. This will also include relocating water services and conducting pre-construction surveys along the pipe alignment. During the first 6 weeks of this project, National Grid will also be moving gas lines in the section of Lowell Street between Fairlawn Lane and Whipple Road.

  • Contractor: Albanese D & S
  • Engineering Consultant: Black and Veatch

Construction Hours

Hours of operation will be from 7 am to 5 pm. Monday through Friday and some Saturday work. Local police details will be in place during construction work to safely move pedestrians and vehicular traffic around each work site.

Traffic Detours

As with the Town of Burlington work, access to homes will be maintained, but with traffic will be slow in work zones.  Through traffic will have access on this section Lowell St but truck traffic will be detoured down Maple Street to Mass Ave towards Arlington. Traffic signage will be set up to provide directions to drivers.

Contact Information

For information regarding this project, please contact: