Poplar Street Pump Station

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The Poplar Street Pump Station project will develop a portion of the ArtFarm site in Somerville’s Brickbottom neighborhood to provide critical stormwater management infrastructure and new park space. It is one in a series of projects underway to relieve flooding in the city, prepare for climate change, and reduce Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in the region. Construction will begin this spring 2023 and is expected to continue through 2025.

The Poplar Street pump station and accompanying underground storage tank will fundamentally change the way stormwater drainage is managed for approximately 60% of the city. It represents a major investment in modernizing the City’ stormwater management infrastructure and increasing preparedness for extreme weather events.

ArtFarm is Somerville’s proposal for our next great public space: a self-sustaining art and urban agriculture laboratory designed to foster community engagement and creativity. A 2.1 acre site located at 10 Poplar St., it will serve as a park, urban agriculture site, and arts hub featuring the ArtFarm community center with performance and exhibit spaces. In discussions since 2015, the ArtFarm was conceived as a unique urban space bringing together residents and visitors. With strong support from community members and the Somerville Arts Council, a commitment was made by Mayor Curtatone’s administration in 2017 to make 10 Poplar Street the ArtFarm’s permanent home. Learn more about Art Farm at: http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/artfarm/

The Poplar Street Pump Station project will develop a portion of the ArtFarm site in Somerville’s Brickbottom neighborhood to provide critical stormwater management infrastructure and new park space. It is one in a series of projects underway to relieve flooding in the city, prepare for climate change, and reduce Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in the region. Construction will begin this spring 2023 and is expected to continue through 2025.

The Poplar Street pump station and accompanying underground storage tank will fundamentally change the way stormwater drainage is managed for approximately 60% of the city. It represents a major investment in modernizing the City’ stormwater management infrastructure and increasing preparedness for extreme weather events.

ArtFarm is Somerville’s proposal for our next great public space: a self-sustaining art and urban agriculture laboratory designed to foster community engagement and creativity. A 2.1 acre site located at 10 Poplar St., it will serve as a park, urban agriculture site, and arts hub featuring the ArtFarm community center with performance and exhibit spaces. In discussions since 2015, the ArtFarm was conceived as a unique urban space bringing together residents and visitors. With strong support from community members and the Somerville Arts Council, a commitment was made by Mayor Curtatone’s administration in 2017 to make 10 Poplar Street the ArtFarm’s permanent home. Learn more about Art Farm at: http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/artfarm/

  • July 8 Nightwork - Trucking and Concrete Pouring at 10 Poplar Street Pump Station Site

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    Weather permitting, beginning Monday, July 8 at 2 a.m., City contractors will be delivering and pouring concrete for the 1200+ cubic yard base of the site’s future stormwater storage tank.

    The early start will enable operations to proceed efficiently and reduce the daytime impact on neighborhood streets.

    What to expect?

    During this operation, numerous concrete trucks will be delivering concrete for the tank’s base. Trucks will arrive at the site and queue to deliver concrete to the excavated area.

    Anticipated Schedule and Trucking Route (Subject to Change Due to Weather or Other Factors)

    The majority of concrete is expected to be delivered between the hours of 2 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. on Monday, July 8th.

    Trucks will be routed from Joy Street down Poplar Street to arrive at the project site. Trucks leaving the project site will be routed via Poplar Street to McGrath highway.

    Some trucking may be required beyond this timeframe (2 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.). However, all concrete trucks are expected to be out of the neighborhood by 2 p.m. on Monday, July 8.

    Additional Construction Impacts:

    • Parking restrictions will be in place around work zones

      • Please observe posted signage

    • Elevated noise levels in direct vicinity of site during work hours

    Thank you for your patience and understanding during this crucial phase of the project’s construction.

    If you have questions about this work, please email construction@somervillema.gov or call the Engineering Division at Engineering Division at (617) 625-6600 ext. 5400 with questions.

  • July ‘24 Project Update

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    Work has progressed over recent months both within the 10 Poplar Street site and under Linwood Street and Poplar Street where associated subsurface utility work is taking place. Below is an update on each of these workstreams as well as upcoming planned detours.

    Linwood Street and Poplar Street (Right of Way Work)

    • Crews are continuing to install subsurface utilities associated with the Pump Station along Linwood Street and Poplar Street. This work is expected to continue through July.

      • During the duration of this work regular closures will be required on Poplar Street during work hours (weekdays 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

      • Alternating, periodic closures of the intersections of Poplar/Linwood Street and Poplar/Joy Street will be required.

        • Crews will work to limit intersection closures to maintain ease of access for residents.

          • We anticipate an approximately ~2 week closure of the Poplar/Joy Street intersection during the first weeks of July. See below for additional info and detour routes.

    10 Poplar Station Site Pump Work

    Following the completion of excavation for the stormwater storage tank, crews have been working to prepare for the tank’s installation by creating a level surface and installing anchors that will link the tank with underlying bedrock among other efforts.

    Next, crews will pour the 1200+ cubic yard concrete slab that will serve as the tank’s base. Additional notification will be provided here and via the City Alert systems ahead of this work.

    Joy Street and Poplar Street Closed to Through Traffic - Begins 7/1 or Soon After

    City Contractors contractors will be excavating at the intersection of Poplar Street and Joy Street July 1 or soon after.

    During this phase of work, Joy Street and Poplar Street will be closed to through traffic.

    Detour Route

    While the work is underway at the intersection,

    • Access to the Brickbottom neighborhood will be maintained via Somerville Avenue extension and Poplar St. at McGrath Highway
    • Access to Joy Street and Linwood will be maintained for abutters.
    • At least one sidewalk will remain open at all times to retain access for pedestrians and cyclists.

    Anticipated Schedule (subject to change):

    • Approximate duration of this phase of work is 2 weeks.

    • Work hours are weekdays between approximately 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    Additional Construction Impacts:

    • Parking restrictions will be in place around work zones

      • Please observe posted signage

    • Elevated noise levels during work hours (weekdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

    If you have questions, please email construction@somervillema.gov or call the Engineering Division at (617) 625-6600 ext. 5400.

  • Progress Update and Linwood St. Detour

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    Poplar Street Pump Station - Progress Update

    City contractors have nearly completed digging the 40-ft deep, 170 ft. diameter area hole that will house the Pump Station's underground stormwater storage tank. Once constructed this tank will have capacity to store up to 4 million gallons of stormwater.


    After excavation is complete, crews will begin prepping the area for the installation of the tank. These preparations include removing loose native rock, installing anchors that will eventually connect the tank to the underlying bedrock, and adding fill to create a level surface among other activities.

    Meanwhile, crews will continue installing underground utility along Linwood Street–requiring a temporary closure of the street. More information included below.


    Linwood Street Closure and Detour

    Linwood Street will be closed between Poplar Street and McGrath Highway beginning March 4th or soon after.

    • Access will be maintained for abutters
    • Northbound traffic on Linwood St. will be detoured via McGrath Hwy or Joy St.
    • Southbound traffic will be detoured via Joy St.

    Please observe posted signage and proceed with caution.


    Anticipated Schedule (subject to change):

    • Approximate duration of this phase of work is two months.
    • Work hours are weekdays between approximately 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Construction Impacts:

    • Parking restrictions will be in place around work zones. Please observed posted signage.
    • Elevated noise levels during work hours,
    • Periodic trucking of materials in and out of the work zone.

    If you have questions, please email construction@somervillema.gov or call the Engineering Division at (617) 625-6600 ext. 5400 with questions.

  • Subsurface Utility Work on Linwood St., Begins 10/30 or Soon After

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    City contractors will begin installation of underground utilities within the roadways around the Brickbottom neighborhood starting October 30th or soon after.

    Linwood Street will be closed between Poplar Street and McGrath Highway beginning October 30th for approximately two months.

    • Access will be maintained for abutters

    • Northbound traffic on Linwood St. will be detoured via McGrath Hwy or Joy St.

      • Please observe posted signage and proceed with caution

    Anticipated Schedule (subject to change):

    • Approximate duration of this phase of work is two months.

    • Work hours are weekdays between approximately 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Construction Impacts:

    • Parking restrictions will be in place around work zones

      • Please observe posted signage

    • Elevated noise levels during work hours

    • Periodic trucking of materials in and out of the work zone

    If you have questions, please email construction@somervillema.gov or call the Engineering Division at (617) 625-6600 ext. 5400 with questions.


  • Initial Phase of Work Underway at 10 Poplar Street

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    City contractors have begun preliminary work at the 10 Poplar St. site. This initial phase of work consists primarily of readying the site for future excavation.

    Anticipated Work Schedule (subject to change):

    Construction is expected to take place weekdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Initial Locations and Descriptions of Work:

    • Removal of asphalt and concrete surfaces within 10 Poplar Street site.
    • Installation of fencing along 10 Poplar St/Linwood Street site-perimeter.
      • Includes erosion and sediment control around the work zone.
    • Soil characterization and excavation prep.

    Anticipated Construction Impacts:

    • Periodic elevated noise levels (construction hours, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. only).
    • Some on-street parking may be restricted. Please observe posted signage.
    • Trash/recycling pick-ups and deliveries will not be affected.

    As the project progresses additional information on progress and upcoming construction activities will be made available on this page.

    If you have questions, please call the Engineering Division at 617-625-6600 ext. 5400 or email construction@somervillema.gov

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  • March 2023 Pump Station Construction Kick-off Meeting

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    When? Monday, March 27, at 6:00 p.m.

    Please join us for a virtual community meeting to learn more about construction of the Poplar St. Pump Station.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Intro to City and regional drainage issues
    • Review of how the project benefits the community
    • Overview of the construction process and timeline

    Register to attend: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pNwWLvybT26olnb5QK-ovA



    Meeting information also available in the following languages:

    The City of Somerville may be able to provide you with an interpreter for free. To request an interpreter in your language, please contact the SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs at somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva or call 311 (617-666-3311)

    Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Adrienne Pomeroy, at 617-625-6600 ext. 2059 or apomeroy@somervillema.gov.

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