The noise.  The traffic. No parking.  Seems like construction in Southie is never ending.  Here’s the scoop on why our neighborhood streets are getting dug up and how much longer we’ll have to endure it.

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) is pleased to provide this update about ongoing construction on Summer Street and L Street as part of the Reserved Channel Sewer Separation Project. BWSC’s contractors, RJV Construction Corporation (RJV), D’Allessandro Corporation, and Umbro & Sons Construction, have been working in various streets in South Boston installing new water mains, storm drains and sanitary sewers, and cleaning and lining existing sewers. The purpose of this project is to reduce sewage discharges to the Reserved Channel and Boston Harbor and improve BWSC’s infrastructure. A summary of ongoing and upcoming work is outlined below, with anticipated durations.

  • Contract 3B – D’Allessandro Corporation
  • Summer Street – East First Street to East Second Street: Installing 12-inch storm drain (approx. 3 weeks)
  • L Street – East Second to East Third Street: Installing 12-inch sanitary sewer (approx. 2 weeks)
  • Completed installation of new storm drain?Summer Street at East First Street: Installing storm drain, sanitary sewer, and water main (weekends only,
  • through July)
  • Contract 4 – RJV Construction Corporation
  •  L Street – East Third Street to East Fourth Street:* Installing 36-inch and 48-inch storm drains
  •  Completed installation of new 16-inch water main from East Third Street to East Broadway ?*The duration of this work is unknown at this time due to concerns with work hours in the intersection of East Broadway and L Street. Please note that bus stops may be temporarily moved during work hours and signage will be provided. ?Contract 5 – Umbro & Sons Construction
  • L Street – East Broadway to East Fourth Street: Cleaning sanitary sewer; work continues around corner onto East Fourth Street, where a new sewer liner will be installed. Work will be scheduled in conjunction with RJV Construction activities.
  • L Street at East Fourth Street: Sanitary sewer point repair ?

Boston Police Officers are present to facilitate safe pedestrian and vehicular access. Access for residents will be maintained. Parking will be impacted in the area of the work. Temporary trench paving is installed during this phase of the project. BWSC will perform permanent pavement restoration under a separate contract, which is anticipated to be performed in the spring of 2015. We suggest that you seek alternate routes while the work is performed. ?Should you have any questions or concerns about the work, please contact the project field office at 617-268-2046. For any issues overnight or on weekends, please contact the BWSC main number at 617-989-7000.

A special than you to Emily Condon for sharing this information with Caught in Southie. 


  1. Jackie Conway July 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm
    Southie is like one big, old triple decker. Everyone wants to live here. Developers and realtors want to make a buck. The newbies move here in droves. The old triple decker can’t handle all the water usage. Can’t handle all the waste water. All the AC’s and Subzero refrigerators keep blowing fuses. Some thing has to give. The developers make money but give nothing gin return as for the infrastructure.
    So we all have to pay, in more ways than you imagine. We pay for the utilities to upgrade the water, sewer, electrical and gas lines. And we pay dearly for all the construction, traffic delays and no parking during construction.
  2. Matt July 13, 2014 at 2:52 am

    When they finish the work, will they resurface the streets?  All the patches are awful and will only get worse once winter comes back around.

  3. Katie July 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    So, is the expectation that this will all be completed by the Spring of 2015?  I see nothing in here about the work being done on West Broadway or East Broadway.  I know it has to be done, but it truly is mind-numbing.  Every major roadway in Southie is a complete debacle.

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