Georgetown’s Elm Street Improvement Project Complete

The rehabilitation of Elm Street in Georgetown, Massachusetts is complete. Designed by Bayside Engineering, the project involved .8 miles of Elm Street from its intersection with East Main Street and extending to its intersection with Central Street.

ElmStreet2The majority of utility and reclaiming work was completed during the summer months therefore causing minimal disruptions to school operations. Elm Street neighbors were wonderful to work with and expressed positive feedback about this well managed project.

During the construction phase, the Town encountered an unanticipated increase in costs. Bayside was able to assist the Town with contract interpretations thereby generating the town a savings of $150,000.

“That’s what we are here for,” explains Bayside’s Senior Highway Engineer, Mike Rizzo. “We take great pleasure in working closely with our clients, from the planning and design phase through construction and project completion. Working with the Contractors, responding to any Requests for Information (RFI) and assisting the Town on any Contract Resolution or unknown field condition is an important part of any roadway project. We’re delighted to be a part of this important and much needed roadway improvement project for the Town of Georgetown.”

The Elm Street project was completed on time and under budget by nearly $200,000.

“We’re thankful Mike was able to resolve what could have been a costly oversight during the construction process, Georgetown Highway Department Surveyor, Peter Durkee explains. “Throughout our 7 years working with Bayside I’ve always been able to count on expert advice and counsel and quality results.”


Bayside Engineering Client Awarded $24,000 Grant

CulvertThe Town of Boxford was awarded a grant of $24,250 towards the engineering and design and permitting to replace the Culvert on Valley Road as part of the Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grant. Bayside Engineering, of Woburn aided in the application process and will develop the design and bidding documents for this project.

The grants are provided by the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) and announced as part of “Climate Week,” a week highlighting Massachusetts’ efforts to prepare for and combat climate change.

This funding opportunity encourages Massachusetts communities to replace degraded, undersized culverts with better designed structures intended to meet the Massachusetts Stream Crossing Standards.

“Our administration is proud to support cities and towns across the Commonwealth as they upgrade their local infrastructure to improve storm readiness and protect the health of the Commonwealth’s natural resources,” said Governor Charlie Baker.  “The grants provided through the Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grant Program help ensure our state’s infrastructure can handle large rain events exacerbated by climate change.”

The Town of Boxford will conduct engineering and design and permitting for a culvert replacement on an unnamed tributary to the Parkers River. Replacing the culvert will provide passage for fish and wildlife, improve Boxford’s storm resilience by reducing flooding, and reduce maintenance cost by allowing debris to flow through the structure.

“We’re pleased our grant application efforts resulted in the Town’s financial award,” says Senior Environmental Engineer, Brian Sullivan of Bayside Engineering.  “This project will not only improve the community’s infrastructure, but also provide climate change resilience.”


Worcester County Highway Association’s Golf Tournament

mike2Our very own Mike and Dan attended the Worcester County Highway Association’s Golf Tournament on Tuesday at the Heritage Country Club in Charlton. Bayside was proud to be a business sponsor of the event where monies were raised for the Association’s Scholarship Fund.

The Worcester County Highway Association includes as members, highway officials, highway engineers, other various municipal employees and contributing vendors.


Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project

Bayside Engineering is pleased to be part of the innovative Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project. The project is using Accelerated Bridge Construction techniques (ABC) thereby reducing construction impacts from 4 years to two intensive construction shutdown windows.

The key to this project is the ability to build major components off-site and then quickly assemble them in place. Crews are working around the clock assembling the pieces of the bridge as other portions are demolished. This accelerated technique isn’t the first attempted in Massachusetts, the “Fast 14” bridge repair in the summer of 2011 replaced 14 bridges working only on weekends.

The accelerated phases are intended to limit the impact on the public. When the project is complete, the bridge will include upgraded safety and signal for vehicles, better pedestrian walkways and a dedicated bike layout with signals, according to the MassDOT.

Bayside’s Norman Brown will continue to act as MassDOT’s Owner’s Representative on this project through completion.

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Photos taken on August 6


Construction Continues on Bayside’s Route 97 Redesign

Construction1Construction continues on Route 97 in Groveland, Massachusetts. Bayside’s design improvements include: roadway reconstruction, sidewalk reconstruction, ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, on-roadway drainage improvements, new signage, and pavement markings.

Based on the type of project, the methods Bayside’s design specified were able to pass along a cost savings of almost $200,000 to our client.

One of the methods was the newly MassDOT approved full-depth reclamation (FDR) with injected asphalt stabilization. “Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) with Injected Asphalt Stabilization is an engineered road rehabilitation process used much like traditional full depth reclamation. The difference between the processes is that by combining injected asphalt emulsion with the reclaimed pavement and base materials, a homogeneous and bound base layer is created. This creates a flexible base with increased structural capacity and greater fatigue resistance compared to an unstabilized reclaimed base.” Baystate Roads Blog, June 28, 2016

constrction 2For more information on Bayside’s Route 97 Redesign project visit:




NEAPWA Summer Conference

Mike attended the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association Summer Conference on Cape Cod last weekend.  The American Public Works Association exists to develop and support the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain, and improve our communities. Working together, APWA and its membership contribute to a higher and sustainable quality of life.  Bayside Engineering is proud to partner with the APWA to support their mission as a sponsor of this event. Thank you for all that you do for our industry




Welcome Laura

Welcome LauraWelcome Laura Young of Stoneham to the Bayside Engineering Team. Her passion for math combined with a love of architecture led the 2017 UMass Amherst graduate to the field of engineering.

Originally focused on the structural side, her college internship at the Marlborough Department of Public Works revealed her true desire to pursue traffic engineering. Laura also interned at UMass Safe, a multidisciplinary traffic safety research program, seeking to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes through the rigorous examination of safety-related data.

She is thrilled to join the Bayside Engineering Traffic Division and work on traffic impact studies and analysis.

Outside of the office Laura enjoys hiking and cooking. Welcome to the Bayside team.


Construction to Begin in Gardner

Bayside’s engineering services were retained by the City of Gardner for the design of two pre-engineered steel buildings, a new 5,600 SF Office Building and a 14,000 SF Cold Storage Building. This included environmental permitting, office layout, structural design, electrical, mechanical and plumbing design and construction administration. The design work also covered the renovation of locker rooms, bathroom and cafeteria in the existing DPW Highway Garage.

Construction on the $3.65 million project is expected to be completed by January 2018.

Within the past 15 years, Bayside Engineering has completed over 30 DPW type building siting and engineering design projects similar to Gardner. Founded in 1967, is a design firm based in Massachusetts and is recognized for a history of advancing projects through the regulatory process. Bayside services private clients, as well as federal and state agencies and local municipalities.


Worcester County Highway Association’s Business Meeting

Worcester County Highway Association LogoBayside’s Mike Rizzo attended the Worcester County Highway Association’s business meeting at the Cyprian Keyes Golf Club on April 18.

The group networked and enjoyed presentations on the MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program and Safe Work Zone Practices.

The Worcester County Highway Association includes as members, highway officials, highway engineers, other various municipal employees and contributing vendors.