Washington Street, a main thoroughfare through Brookline, has been overtaken by utility work for months, frustrating neighbors and users of the road. There are more changes coming down the line.
After being repaved about a year and a half ago, the street has recently been torn up again by National Grid, as the utility company works on replacing over a mile of aging cast iron and bare steel pipes underground. For months, police and workers have had to put makeshift lanes in place with cones, waving traffic through. Neighbors say the noise and construction traffic has been deafening and intrusive.
The work, town officials say, is necessary both in the short-term and in service of another, broader project to redesign the heavily-trafficked stretch a few years down the road.
For now, neighbors and users will have to wait a few months more for relief: Brookline DPW Commissioner Erin Chute said the utility work is expected to continue through July.