Trucks carrying pre-cast concrete pieces bound for the Arsenal on the Charles for Athenahealth’s new garage will be spread out among five different routes in town after residents complained they were using a scenic roadway along the Charles River.
Two weeks ago, when large trucks began rolling down Charles River Road, neighbors let the company and the Department of Public Works know they were not happy. On Saturday, Public Works Superintendent Gerry Mee told the Town Council that after testing different routes, the trucks will use other routes, but some will still be using Charles River Road.
During the project, which is expected to go until Labor Day, nearly 1,000 truckloads will be delivered to the Arsenal on the Charles, according to a memo from general contractor C.E. Floyd Co. to the DPW. This includes 336 regular (53-foot) truck and trailers and 643 oversized loads in terms of weight and length (including 530 that are also over width).
The routes were tested on May 15, and no loads were allowed from May 16 to May 18, Mee said.
The routes will use the following roads through Watertown:
1A – Lexington Street south, east on Main Street to Watertown Square, east on Charles River Road to the site
1B – Same as 1A, but head east on North Beacon Street after the Square to get to the site
2A – South on Lexington Street, east on Orchard Street, south on Common Street, east on Mt. Auburn Street, south on Arlington Street, east on Arsenal Street, south on Greenough Boulevard, west on North Beacon Street to the site
2B – Same as 2A, but turn west on Mt. Auburn Street to Watertown Square then finish east on Charles River Road to the site
3 – Same as 2A, including going east on Mt. Auburn Street, but then turn east on Walnut Street, south on School Street, east on Arsenal Street, south on Greenough Street and west on North Beacon Street to the site.
C.E. Floyd projects 15-25 truckloads a day and they will use five routes, and the anticipated ratios are: 55-65 percent on Routes 1A/1B, 35-45 percent using Routes 2A/2B and 5-10 percent Route 3, according to the memo.