Bayberry Lane Culverts at Heath Brook Bridge Replacement Project

Project DescriptionBayberryCulverts

The Bayberry Lane culverts consist of four 36-inch corrugated metal culverts that carry the Heath Brook under Bayberry Lane, which were installed circa 1993-1994. Since the total overall span of the four culverts exceeds ten feet it is classified as a "Small Bridge" by MassDOT and has been issued Bridge Number #T-03-018. This designation allows the Town to pursue funding through the MassDOT Municipal Small Bridge Program. Town of Tewksbury received a $100,000 Small Bridge Grant from MassDOT to design a replacement for the culverts on Bayberry Lane. The Town has contracted the consulting engineering firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) to design the replacement culvert. As of January 2022, the preliminary design is complete, the environmental permitting process has begun, and permit approvals are anticipated in February 2022. The preliminary design has the existing culvert pipes being replaced with a 15’Wx6.5’H precast concrete box culvert. The permanent culvert replacement is anticipated to occur in the Summer of 2022.

Project Location

Heath Brook at Bayberry Lane

Project Updates

7/14/2022 Update

The final design of the permanent culvert replacement was approved by MassDOT on 7/1/2022 and the project is now being finalized for bidding.  The Town is also in the process of obtaining easements necessary for construction.

1/28/2022 Update - Emergency RepairsBayberryCulverts2

The Emergency Culvert Repairs were completed by J.J. Phelan and Son Co., Inc. in November 2021.  These repairs included removing and replacing two of the deteriorated 36” corrugated metal pipes and replacing them with 24” PVC pipes.  The permanent culvert repairs are in the final permitting stage.  An approval from the Tewksbury Conservation Commission is anticipated to be issued around February 2022.  Construction of the permanent culvert repairs is planned to begin this summer.  The planned replacement involves replacing the four pipes with a 15’ wide by 6.5’ tall precast concrete box culvert.

10/21/2021 Update - Emergency Repairs

The Town of Tewksbury, through its contractor, J.J. Phelan & Son Co., Inc. of Tewksbury, MA will be constructing temporary emergency repairs to the Bayberry Lane culverts while the permanent culvert replacement is being designed and permitted.  Work is planned to begin the week of October 18, 2021.  A temporary bypass water main is to be installed on Monday, October 18, 2021 in order to maintain water service to 40 and 55 Bayberry Lane during the culvert repairs.  The two northernmost culvert pipes are to be replaced with 24-inch pipes in order to maintain flows and to maintain the integrity of the roadway until a permanent culvert replacement is made in 2022.  Culvert repairs are planned to commence on Monday, October 25, 2021.  This emergency repair work is anticipated to take one to two weeks to complete.  Construction hours are from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday.  During construction hours, the roadway will be closed to vehicular traffic at the culvert crossing starting Monday, October 25, 2021.  Pedestrian Access will be maintained as needed during construction hours.  If vehicular access is needed during construction hours, vehicles should be parked on Ronald Drive prior to the 7:00 AM roadway closure.  The roadway will be reopened to vehicular traffic at the end of each day at approximately 5:00 PM.

Project Contacts

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Stack, Project Manager, at (978) 640-4440 x256 or astack@tewksbury-ma.gov.