Archive for February, 2017

Eversource Transformer Delivery to Pass Through Melrose Late Wednesday Evening

We have been informed today that Eversource Energy will be delivering a large transformer from
Everett to Woburn that will briefly pass through Melrose. eversource-truckThis will occur late Wednesday evening/early Thursday morning and briefly close the road on Main Street (Malden line to West Wyoming) and West Wyoming Ave (Main Street to Stoneham line). The approved route and delivery is being coordinated by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts State Police.


Below are additional details and a map of the route courtesy of Eversource:

On or about March 1, 2017, a large piece of equipment, called an autotransformer, will be delivered to Eversource’s Woburn Substation on Pond Street in Woburn, MA. The autotransformer will be moved from a dock on Beecham Road in Everett, MA, via a transport trailer, into the Substation.

The delivery route traverses the towns of Everett, Chelsea, Malden, Melrose, Stoneham, Medford, Arlington, and Winchester, and will take several hours to complete.


Here are some quick facts about the delivery:

  • The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has approved the route and the equipment that will be used to support the move.
  • A “six-deck-six” (12-axle) trailer will haul the autotransformer from the dock to the Substation.
  • The autotransformer weighs approx. 467,000 pounds and is 35 feet long, 13 feet wide and 18 feet tall.
  • Maximum speed of the hauler is 5 mph.
  • The approved route from Everett to Woburn Substation is 16.7 miles long with an estimated travel time of 6 to 9 hours.
  • Massachusetts State Police will be escorting the trailer throughout the delivery.
  • The autotransformer delivery will be conducted between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., and will include a State Police escort and certified safety personnel, in accordance with the MassDOT permit conditions. This schedule is approximate and subject to change.

If you have questions about the move, please call the Eversource Transmission Information Line at 1-800-793-2202, or send an email to

Originally Posted on Mayor Dolan’s Blog today, 2/28, at 4:03pm : Eversource Transformer Delivery to Pass Through Melrose Late Wednesday Evening

Major Water Main Break at Intersection of Franklin and Tremont Streets

There has been an emergency water main break at the intersection of Franklin and Tremont Streets that will affect water service throughout the area (along Franklin Street and its side streets, from close to the Stoneham line at Ferdinand Street, down nearly to Main St). This break has led to significant surface flooding and requires us to shut down roads and water service in the area while repairs are made. Damage assessment is ongoing and repairs and water service will be restored as soon as possible. Calls can be directed to DPW’s Operations Facility at 781-665-0142.

UPDATE (4:00pm): water service along Franklin Street from the Stoneham line to Tremont Street has been restored. Service to Franklin Street from Tremont to Albion is currently out while the crew opens the road and assesses the damage and what repairs will be needed.


Reminder: Trash & Recycling on Holiday Schedule Next Week

Curbside trash and recycling pick up will be delayed one day next week due to the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, February 20. Therefore, Monday’s pick up will be made on Tuesday, and Tuesday’s pick up will be made on Wednesday and so on through Saturday (when Friday’s route will be picked up).

Emergency Water Main Break on Boston Rock Road

There has been an emergency water main break on Boston Rock Road that requires us to shut down water service between 176-193 Boston Rock Road while repairs are made. We will be knocking on doors to notify residents as well. Trash and recycling is being collected before work begins. Repairs will be done and water service restored as soon as possible.

Snow Update for February 14, 2017

Originally Posted on Mayor Dolan’s Blog:

As cleanup continues from this past storm, I wanted to offer an update as to where the City is currently focusing our cleanup efforts.

First, today we will be removing snow from major parking lots in the downtown business districts to alleviate congestion and open up valuable parking spaces for dining and shopping.

Second, DPW throughout the day yesterday and today have been clearing corners at major intersections as well as opening crosswalks in heavily travelled pedestrian areas throughout all business districts. This work has already been completed at school campuses as well as dozens of intersections that are adjacent to schools.

Third, moving forward DPW will be creating openings through snow banks to allow access from on street parking to the sidewalks in major business districts to improve safety for those going into local businesses.

If you have any questions or problems, please call our Snow Operations Center at 781-665-0142.

Source: Snow Update for February 14, 2017

Overnight Snow Removal Update

The city’s snow removal operation is still ongoing. Equipment will be out all night clearing sidewalks, pushing back corners, doing some snow removal from downtown parking spaces, and picking up/trimming tree branches.

Mayor’s Snow Update for Monday, February 13

We are expecting another 8 inches of snow between this evening and tomorrow morning, accompanied by winds between 30 and 50 mph. Please use extreme caution during the morning commute. All available equipment will be working in the City of Melrose tonight, but please expect delays and treacherous conditions tomorrow, with the combination of heavy snow and high wind.

  • There will be no school in the City of Melrose on Monday.
  • Melrose City Hall will open at 12 noon.
  • All snow operations will be run out of the Melrose City Yard, 781-665-0142.
  • The Melrose Public Library, the Council on Aging, and the Milano Senior Center will be closed.
  • Trash will be on a holiday schedule with no pickup on Monday. Monday trash will be picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday trash on Wednesday, etc.
  • There will be an on-street parking ban starting at 8 p.m. this evening.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult stretch of weather. If you have any concerns regarding snow removal, contact the Snow Operations Center at 781-665-0142.

Source: Snow Update for Monday, February 13: No School

No School Tomorrow, Mon. Feb. 13

The decision has been made to cancel school for Melrose Public Schools tomorrow, Monday Feb. 13th.

No Trash or Recycling Pickup Tomorrow & Other Snow-Related Updates

Important information regarding the snowstorm:

  • Trash will be on a one-day delay this week: No pickup on Monday, one-day delay for the rest of the week.
  • An on-street parking ban will take effect citywide at 8 p.m.
  • All calls regarding snow issues should go to the Snow Operations Center, 781-665-0142.
  • A decision on whether school will be held tomorrow has yet to be made.

Source: Important Information Regarding School Tomorrow

Feb. 11 Update: Snow management & trash/recycling collection ongoing

We have crews out plowing, sanding and salting the roads to deal with the additional several inches of fluffy snow that fell last night. Please drive carefully.

Friday’s trash and recycling is on schedule to be picked up curbside today.

DPW staff will be taking calls at 781-665-0142 with any related concerns until 10am.