Boston National Historical Park Superintendent Cassius M. Cash announced that the National Park Service (NPS) has awarded a $4.8 million contract to replace the water main, hydrants, valves and water distribution pipes within the park in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The project also will remove hazardous obstacles and abate asbestos from a utility tunnel that runs under First Avenue from Gate 1 to Fifth Street and replace the crumbling sidewalk which acts as the roof for the utility tunnel. Abandoned gas and steam pipes and other hundred-year-old utilities will be removed from the tunnel along with a 16 inch water main.
“National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis recognized the importance of this project for the health and well-being of our residents and visitors when he approved it last May,” Superintendent Cash said. “The nearly $5 million project is the largest NPS line-item construction project in the country right now, which says a lot about how important this resource in Charlestown is in the grand scheme of things.”
The National Park Service awarded the contract to R. Zoppo Corporation, a Stoughton, Massachusetts based general contractor established in 1925. A Notice to Proceed was issued on January 24th and a construction fence has been erected to provide a safety barrier along First Avenue near the motor vehicle entrance to the park. The Hoosac Stores Warehouse parking lot at 115 Constitution Road will be used for construction vehicle parking and for a temporary office trailer. Unless extensions are granted, the project should be completed by March 25, 2015.