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Boston, February 1, 1922. Hon. ANDREW J. PETERS,
Mayor of the City of Boston: SIR
Sir, — In compliance with Revised Ordinances the annual report of the operations and expenses of the Public Works Department for the year ending January 31, 1922, is respectfully submitted. The Public Works Department, created by Ordinances 1910, chapter 9, now chapter 28 of the Revised Ordinances of 1914, was formed by consolidating the Engineering, Water and Street Departments.
ORGANIZATION. The department is composed of five main divisions, viz.:
Central Office. — The Central Office is composed of the accounting force of the entire department under the charge of the secretary and chief clerk.
Bridge and Ferry Division. This division, under a division engineer, has the charge and care of all bridges used as highways which are in whole, or in part, under
the control of the city; the care and management of the ferries owned by the city, including boats, slips, drops and buildings.
NOTE.— The Boston and Cambridge Division, so called, is not strictly speaking a division of the Public Works Department, as this work is in charge of a commission of two, one member appointed by the Mayor of Boston and the other by the Mayor of Cambridge, under the provisions of chapter 412 of the Acts of 1904; but because of the fact that the present Commissioner of Public Works is the Boston member of this commission and also because one half of the expense of this commission is defrayed by the Bridge Service, it is in this report treated as a division of this department.
Highway Division.- This division, under a division engineer, has the care of the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of roadways and sidewalks; the care of lamps and the lighting of streets, parks and alleys.
Sewer and Sanitary Division.- This division, under a division engineer, has charge of the construction of sewers, catch-basins and waterways; the collection of and removal of ashes, garbage, refuse, street cleaning and the oiling and watering of streets.
Water Division.- This division, under a division engineer, has the care of water pipes, installation of meters, water service, laying and relaying of water mains and the high pressure fire service.
REVIEW. A brief summary of the principal activities of the Public Works Department during the year ending January 31, 1922, follows:
BRIDGE SERVICE. A new steel deck girder bridge, encased in concrete, was constructed in Ashland street, West Roxbury, over the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.
A new steel bridge, encased in concrete, was constructed on Clarendon street, over the New York, New Haven & Hartford and Boston & Albany Railroads.
A new bridge of reinforced concrete has been constructed on Hyde Park avenue, over Mother brook, Hyde Park.
A new footbridge has been built in the Public Garden, for the Park Department, under the supervision and direction of this department.
A section of the Dover Street Bridge on the Boston side, which had been destroyed by fire last August, has been entirely reconstructed, the work being done by the day labor force of the Boston Transit Department.
Appropriations have been provided for the construction of a new bascule bridge between Boston and Chelsea in place of the existing temporary pile bridge which was constructed about nine years ago.
The bridge over the Boston & Albany Railroad at Cambridge street, Allston, will be rebuilt during 1922.
FERRY SERVICE. Two new steel ferryboats, the “Lieutenant Flaherty” and the “Ralph J. Palumbo,” have been built and are now in commission. They have been equipped with special pumps and nozzles for assisting the Fire Department in the event of waterfront fires.
The ferryboat “Noddle Island” had its machinery completely overhauled and repaired and a new superstructure built providing for four lines of roadway traffic.
As a result of the large appropriation you have authorized for the rehabilitation of the Ferry Service, we now have seven boats with a teaming capacity of more than one hundred per cent of that provided heretofore. Two old ferryboats, the “D. D.
“D. D. Kelly" and “General Hancock," which were unfit for further service, have been sold.
Designs have been completed, and we are now ready to advertise for proposals for the reconstruction of two ferry entrances providing for two lines of traffic entering and leaving the boats, in place of the existing roadway which permits only a single line of traffic with the consequent delays caused thereby.
Engineering parties from this department have been loaned to the Institutions, Fire, Hospital and Public Buildings Department, and an appreciable saving in the cost of engineering work has been accomplished.
A new wall was constructed along the line of the Roxbury canal where the old bulkhead and walls had collapsed in the rear of the Paving, Sanitary, Sewer and Water yards and the City Hospital, and the canal dredged to allow larger barges to deliver coal to the hospital at a saving of approximately $1 per ton per year on coal for the Hospital Department.
PAVING SERVICE. In the Highway Division we have continued your policy of reconstructing the main traffic arteries to the suburban sections of the city, as well as the heavy traffic business streets in the city proper. Among the more important highways are:
Chelsea street, Charlestown, widening.
Chelsea street, from Maverick square to Day square, East Boston.
Dorchester street, from Broadway to Eighth street, South Boston.
Dorchester avenue, from Fields corner to Peabody square, Dorchester.
Morton street, from Harvard to Canterbury street, Dorchester.
Washington street, from Roslindale square to West Roxbury parkway, West Roxbury.
Walnut avenue and Sigourney street, from Columbus avenue to Glen road, Roxbury.
Columbus avenue, from Roxbury Crossing to Seaver street, Roxbury.
Centre street, from Columbus avenue to Green street, Jamaica Plain.
Green street, from Centre to Call streets, Jamaica Plain.
Centre street, from Allandale street to Spring street, West Roxbury.
Beech street, from Centre street to Poplar street, West Roxbury.
Portland street, from Hanover to Causeway streets, city proper.
Merrimac street, from Haymarket square to Portland street, city proper.
Friend street, from Union to Causeway streets, city proper.
Richmond street, from Hanover street to Atlantic avenue, city proper.
Market street, Brighton, from Washington street to Western avenue.
Cambridge street, from Charles river to the Boston & Albany Railroad bridge, Brighton.
Hyde Park avenue from Clarendon Hills to Cleary square, Hyde Park. River street, from the railroad bridge to Fairmount avenue, Hyde Park. Charles street, from Beacon to Cambridge streets, city proper — street widened to 80 feet and permanently paved.
Chestnut Hill avenue, from Beacon street to Commonwealth avenue — widened to 80 feet. In this connection the area between Beacon street and the Brookline line was completed with a reserved area providing a 65-foot roadway around Cleveland circle.
Poplar street, from Roslindale to Hyde Park line.
The widening of North Beacon street, from Market street to the Watertown line, Brighton.
Construction of Stuart street, from Huntington avenue to Washington street, city proper.
Construction of a new roadway through Franklin Park, from Morton street to the Arborway.
SEWER SERVICE. Approximately 22,000 linear feet of sewers and surface drains have been constructed, the most important of which are:
Roslindale branch of Stony brook.
Rebuilding of the old wooden sewer in Chatham street, city proper.
Extending the Lubec street overflow in East Boston.
Necessary sewers for the widening of Chelsea street, Charlestown.
Construction of sanitary sewer in Parker avenue and North Harvard street, Brighton.
Extension of the Farragut road overflow, South Boston.
Construction of a sewer for the relief of the City Point section of South Boston, where floodings had occurred for years.
Pumping engine No. 5 at the Calf Pasture pumping station has been completely overhauled at an expense of approximately $100,000.
STREET CLEANING SERVICE. A new Elgin motor-driven pick-up machine has been purchased; and by the use of car sprinklers and motordriven flushers a more sanitary method of cleaning streets has been made possible, particularly in the downtown section and on the main arteries.
SANITARY SERVICE. The City Council awarded to Coleman Brothers, Inc., the lowest bidder, after public advertisement, a contract