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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Updated November 2, 2012
Posted September 19, 2011

Ria Convery
(617) 788-1105, <>

Evening and Late Night Single Lane Closures Expected

UPDATE November 2, 2012 -- All but 35 feet of pipe have been installed.  The remaining 35 feet will tie into the MWRA water line.
Total length of pipe installed to date:

  • 5894 feet of 12-inch pipe
  • 4773 feet of 24-inch pipe
  • 1837 feet of 36-inch pipe

Southbound milling and paving is complete. Northbound winter temporary patch will be complete next week. Contractor will be back next spring to complete the northbound milling and paving.


The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has begun a project to replace a water main that runs underneath Route 1 in Saugus.

Work began in June, 2011 and most of the work will take place in the evening hours between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am Monday evening through Friday morning.  MassDOT will allow MWRA and the contractor one lane closure between the hours of 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm and a two lane closure from 11:00 pm through 5:00 am. Lane closures will not be allowed one day prior to and one day following a holiday.

Work is expected to be completed in Fall 2012.

In December 2010, the construction contract was awarded to Albanese Brothers, Inc. of Dracut.

In a cost sharing effort with the Town of Saugus, MWRA will also install a 12-inch Saugus water main to replace the old water mains and service connections that provide water supply and fire protection to residents and businesses along Route 1.

The cost of the $5 million project will be shared between the MWRA (72%) and the Town of Saugus (28%).

MWRA and the Town of Saugus have been working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to coordinate their efforts and reduce the impacts to the community and businesses along the route.

For more information on this project, contact Jeff McLaughlin,
(617) 660-7976.

Project Map
thumbnail of project map - saugus pipeline


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Posted June 26, 2011

Updated November 2, 2012