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Islington Center Redevelopment Project

Three articles necessary for the Islington Center Redevelopment Project were voted on and received favorable support at the May 30th Town Meeting to move the project forward.  Benefits of the project include revitalization of deteriorating properties, a significant increase in annual property tax revenues to the Town of Westwood, transportation infrastructure improvements, stormwater improvements, sustainable design and renewable energy elements, an opportunity to attract new retail and restaurant uses, and a chance for the preservation and reuse of the historic Blue Hart Tavern.  The effective value of town-owned property in Islington Center is projected to increase from approximately $615,500 in 2018 to approximately $2,769,000 upon project completion.  Annual tax revenues for the parcels involved in the redevelopment project are projected to increase from just over $62,000 to approximately $481,000 per year.  After adjusting for service and operation costs, the net annual revenue will be just shy of $424,000 per year.

Click here for detailed information on the Islington Center Redevelopment Project.

Click here for status  updates on the Islington Center Redevelopment Project.

 East Street Bridge Project

The East Street Bridge is owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).  Throughout the years, Town officials have worked with the MBTA to address the concerns of trucks hitting the bridge, motor vehicle, and pedestrian accidents.  The MBTA has committed funding for the replacement of the bridge.  Work commenced in 2017 and will continue through 2019.  Updates on the project will be made available to the public as provided by the MBTA.  MBTA Updates can be found by clicking here or Additional information on the previously presented material can be found by clicking here.

Update 6/7/18: East Street Bridge construction is ongoing. East Street is open, but expect delays with the road work.

Gay Street Sidewalk Project

The Department of Public Works contracted services with TEC Engineering to conduct a survey of Gay Street to determine the Town's right of way. The study has since been completed. The Town held a public meeting two public meeting to discuss the results and the potential options that would exist if the Town decided to pursue design funding for a new sidewalk.  The 2017 Fall Town Meeting approved the allocation of $225,000 for the design of sidewalk improvements which will be presented to residents.

June 6, 2018 Public Meeting: click here to review design presentation

Clapboardtree & Washington Street Intersection Project


The Town has contracted with VAI Engineering services, utilizing the mitigation funding provided by Benchmark, a senior memory care facility in Norwood, for the new design of a dedicated left-hand turn lane onto Washington Street from Clapboardtree Street (heading from Xaverian Brothers High School).  Additional improvements include 5-foot wide cement concrete sidewalk that will meet ADA Compliance with a granite curb installation throughout the entire limit of work. 

Resident Parker Harrington has provided a great drone video of the entire completed project:

Clapboardtree and Washington Street Intersection Video
North and 109 Intersection Project


The Department of Public Works is currently undergoing a review of traffic studies conducted at the intersection of North Street and Route 109 (High Street).  Proposal plans have been completed.  This project was submitted under the Complete Streets project with the State. 

*Project started on April 16, 2018, and will run through the end of July, weather permitting. Paving was completed on June 7, 2018.



Resident Parker Harrington has provided a great drone video of the entire completed project:

North Street at 109 Intersection Redesign

Canton-Norwood-Westwood:  Dedham Street / I-95 Interchange Reconstruction Including Rehabilitation / Replacement of 5 Bridges
 The Canton Street/Dedham Street project consists of the construction of an off-ramp from I-95 northbound to Dedham Street and improvements to the Dedham Street/Canton Street corridor. Within the approximately 4,000 linear feet between Kirby Drive and University Ave, the existing two-lane Dedham Street/Canton St will be widened to provide two 11.5 foot travel lanes in each direction, 5 foot shoulders in each direction, and a 6 foot wide sidewalk will be constructed on the northern side of Dedham Street/Canton St, from Kirby Drive to the Canton St/University Ave intersection. This roadway reconstruction will require the bridges over AMTRAK and the Neponset River to be widened and the bridge over I-95 to be replaced. Traffic signal control will be installed at three locations: Dedham Street at the I-95 southbound on-ramp; Dedham Street at the proposed I-95 northbound off-ramp; and the Dedham Street/Shawmut Road intersection. These three intersections will operate as a coordinated signal system and will provide safe pedestrian crossing locations for the major potential sources of pedestrian trips.  To see updated information provided by MassDOT, please click here

MassDOT Dedham Street/I-95 Interchange Reconstruction
Including Rehabilitation/Replacement of 5 Bridges


From Sunday, June 10, to Friday, June 22, night work will be required between the hours of 8 p.m., and 5 a.m., each evening for demolition activities and pile driving operations for the Amtrak Bridge. The work will take place at the Neponset River Bridge and Amtrak Bridge from University Ave to Dedham Street. The eastbound lane of Dedham Street will be closed to create a safe work zone during these overnight hours. During daytime hours, both directions of Dedham Street will be open to traffic.

During the night shifts, alternating traffic will be coordinated by Canton Police Department details to maintain traffic in both directions. Motorists should exercise caution and allow additional time for their trip during operations. All operations are subject to change due to weather conditions or Amtrak track outage delays.  

 University Station Area B - Condominium Proposal
 The University Station Area B Project consists of the construction of two new residential condominium buildings and related parking as well as other site-improvements.  The building would collectively include 100 new condos on approximately 2.7 acres of land.  To view the approved plans for this project, click here.
2018 Paving Plan 

The DPW has completed its pavement management plan for the Spring/Summer.  The following streets are scheduled to be paved this upcoming construction season: Stanford Drive, Shoestring Lane, Gloucester Road, Lancaster Drive, York Way, Wicklow Drive, Warwick Drive, Wessex Drive, Westchester Drive, Salisbury Drive, Lanark Drive, and Summer Street.  We have notified utility companies of our plans for the upcoming work.  We recommend residents reach out to utility companies as well for any potential hookups.  Once these roads are paved there will be a 5-year moratorium preventing any trench work.  If there are any questions please reach out to the DPW office at 781-320-1037.

Paving is complete for 2018