6/21/18 Changes to Bridge noted in Addendum 1. Note New Bid Opening Date of Wed July 11 at 10am at Town Hall Room 205 where bids will be opened and read loud. These documents say that the bridge will be closed for 90 consecutive days. Here is the file: bridge_addendum_no._1.pdf
6/28/18 Site Visit Attended by residents, DEP, Green International and Town Representatives
7/31/18 DEP Issues Superseding Order of Conditions with one addition of compensatory flood storage as cited in Appeal. No other changes were made. The DEP states the Project is "not within the AUL boundary". Note the AUL has been terminated with documented contamination OUTSIDE the old AUL boundary. The DEP states that Project proponent (town) states that “should evidence of contaminated material be encountered during planting of wildlife mitigation plant materials, work will be stopped and the appropriate remedial actions will evaluated.” Without proper testing for contamination, how does one "encounter" contamination? The DEP documented the Termination of the AUL. There are exceedances to MCP standards for heavy metals found outside the AUL boundary which have also been filed with the DEP. The Town of Norfolk has hired an LSP to look at the site. A complete horizontal and vertical extent of contamination is pending.
These issues have been forwarded to DEP Waste Site Cleanup and wetlands issues are no longer pending. Here is the complete letter to Jack Hathaway from Denise Child, Wetlands Section Chief, Bureau of Water Resources, MassDEP in Worcester norfolk-240-0598-soc_affirmation-20180731__002_.pdf
8/14/18 Bridge Contract Awarded to MAS Building and Bridge 9/5/18 MAS Building and Bridge cleared BOTH sides of causeway, pulling all roots, bushes and plants. DEP notified. 9/10/18 Bridge Closure was scheduled to take place until 12/7 but wetlands issues have delayed project. Erosion control measures need to be put in place by 9/13/18 Hay tubes and jute netting installed on south side, jute hay tubes on North side with some jute netting. gravel around utility poles, and highly eroded locations) 9/29/18 Bridge remains open, but rains have impacted the erosion control measures put in place. DEP notified. 10/2018 Bridge Closed Until Further Notice. Original Time of closure expected to be 90 days 10/19/18 Unilateral Administrative Order from MassDEP for Wetlands Violations by the Town of Norfolk with regards to removing all vegetation on 400' the banks of the causeway south side: norfolk-240-0598-uao-ce-18-6w007-00005885-20191019_administrative_order_from_dep_on_bridge.pdf
2/21/19 Unilateral Administrative Order dated 02/15/2019 from MassDEP allowing extension to May 31, 2019 to implement the Restoration Plan on the unpermitted altered banks of the causeway. Fines up to $25,000 per day may be imposed if "violation is continued or repeated". Bridge remains closed to all traffic. 190221_unilateral_enforcement_order_doc_00006103.pdf
5/24/19 Bridge and Lawrence Street open. Still work to be done in the coming months to finish up.