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PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 



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YEAR 1931 





CITY OF BOSTON 

PRINTING DEPARTMENT 

1932 



Compliments 

Joseph A. Rourke 

Commissioner of Public Works 
PLEASE EXCHANGE 



ANNUAL REPORT 



PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 



YEAR 1931 




CITY OF BOSTON 

PRINTING DEPARTMENT 

1932 



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CONTENTS. 



Part I. 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF 
PUBLIC WORKS. 



Page 

Appropriations 5 

Emplo}-ees 12 

Expenditures 6 

Expenditures, by items, seg- 
regated budget 6 

General review 2 



Page 
Maintenance, comparative 

table 7 

Organization 1 

Pavements, area of 10 

Pavements, length of 11 

Revenue 8 



Part II. — Appendix A. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
BRIDGE AND FERRY SERVICE. 

^Bridge Service.) 
(Page 18.) 



Page 
Appropriations, special 30 

Appropriations, special, sum- 
mary of 30 

Bridge openings 35 

Bridges, work done on: 

Albany Street Bridge, 
over Boston & Albany 
Railroad 19 

Allston Street Bridge, 

Charlestown 19 

Broadway Bridge, over 

Fort Point Channel. ... 19 

Broadway and Dover 

Street Bridges 20 

Brookline Avenue Bridge, 
over Boston & Albany 
Railroad 20 



Page 
Bridges, work done on: 
Butler Street Footbridge, 

Dorchester 20 

Charlestown Bridge 20 

Granite Avenue Bridge. . . 21 
Maiden Bridge, over 

Mystic River 21 

McCraw Street Footway, 

West Roxbury 21 

Morton Street Bridge, over 
New York, New Haven 
& Hartford Railroad. . . 21 
M ystic Avenue Bridge, 
over the Boston & Maine 
and Boston & Albany 

Railroads 22 

Northern Avenue Bridge. . 22 
Shawmut Avenue Bridge, 22 



IV 



Table of Contents. 



Page 
Bridges, work done on: 
Sprague Street Bridge, 

Hyde Park 23 

Summer Street Bridge, over 

Fort Point Cliannel 23 

Warren Bridge 23 

Miscellaneous 24 

Expenditures 29 



Page 
Expenditures, special ap- 
propriations 29 

Expenditures, special ap- 
propriations, summary 

of 29 

Financial statement 30 

Repairs on bridges 30 

Work done 18 



(Ferry Service.) 
(Page 26.) 



Page 

Appropriations 36 

Appropriations, amount paid 

from 36 

Balance sheet 37 

Expenditures 36 

Expenditures and receipts 

since 1858 38 



Page 
Ferryboats 26 

Financial statements 56 

Receipts at each ferry 39 

Ticket statement 39 

Work done 26 



Appendix B. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
HIGHWAY DIVISION. 

General Review. 

(Page 43.) 



(Lighting Service.) 
(Page 45.) 

Page 



Arc lamps, total cost per 

lamp per annum 47 

Electric lights, cost of 47 

Expenditm-es 43 

Financial statement 43 

Gas lamps, number and 

kind of 48 



Gas lamps, total cost per 
lamp per annum 

Incandescent lamps, total 
cost per lamp per annum. 

Lamps, number of, installed 
during year 



Page 



48 



46 



Table of Contents. 



Lamps discontinued 

Number and style of lamps, 

January 1, 1932 

Outages on street lamps .... 



Page 

46 

47 
49 



Page 

Rebates 49 

Repairs 48 

Revenue 43 

Work done 45 



(Paving Service.) 
(Page 45.) 



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Expenditures, objects of . . . . 53 

Expenditures, detail of 53 

General review 45 

Permits 54 

Permits, revenue from 54 



Street openings 

Work done 

By contract, summary of, 
By day labor, summary of, 



P.^GE 

54 
45 
50 
52 



Appendix C. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
SANITARY DIVISION. 



(Sanitary Service.) 
(Page 55.) 



Page 

Appropriations 55 

Ashes, collected by contract, 

number of loads 58 

Districts, map of 60 

Financial statement 55 

Income 55 

Maintenance 55 

Cost of collecting and dis- 
posing of refuse by day 
labor (between pages 
58, 59). 

Number of loads collected 
from January 1, 1931, to 
December 31, 1931 58 



Page 



Materials: 

Collected by districts. ... 58 
Cost of collecting and 
disposing of refuse by 

contract 57 

Offal collected by con- 
tract, number of loads . . 58 

Refuse collected, detail of 
(between pp. 58, 59). 

Revenue 55 

Sanitary districts 60 

Work done 55 



vi Table of Contents. 

(Street Cleaning and Oiling Service.) 
(Page 59.) 

Page 



Expenditures, distribution 

of 59 

Expenditures, items of 59 

Financial statement 59 



Page 

Macadam streets, cost of 

oiling 59 

Work done 59 



Appendix D, 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
SEWER DIVISION. 



(Page 61.) 



Page 



Catch-basins, cleaned by 




contract 


65 


Expenditures: 




Maintenance 


66 


Maintenance, detail of . . . 


68 


Maintenance, detail of. 




recapitulation of 


68 


Financial statement 


64 


Miles of sewers, January 1, 




1932 


69 


Pumping sewerage, average 




cost per million foot 




gallons 


70 



Pumping station, Calf Pas- 
tme, work done 

Pumps, Calf Pastme, aver- 
age lift and duty 

Refuse, removing same from 
gatehouse 

Summary of sewer construc- 
tion (twelve months) : 

Work done 

Work in charge of division, 



Page 



70 



70 



70 



61 

68 



Appendix F. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
WATER DIVISION. 

(Water Service.) 
(Page 72.) 



Construction, cost of. . . 

Expenditures 

Expenditures, detail of . 



Page 
75 
75 
75 



Page 

Financial statement 75 

Hydrants, total number of, 

December 31, 1931 81 



Table of Coxtents. 



Vll 



Page 
Hydrants, total number and 
kind of, established and 

abandoned 81 

Income branch 77 

Meter branch 78 

Meter repairs 78 

Meters: 

Applied 78 

Changed 78 

Condemned 78 

In service December 31, 

1931 79 



Paoe 

Meters: 

Installed 78 

On hand December 31, 

1931 78 

Repaired 78 

Set 78 

Revenue 75 

Service pipes: 

Total number of lengths 

of 80 

Water pipes, total length of, 80 

Work done 72 

Work done, detail of 72 



Appendix G. 



REPORT OF THE BOSTON AND CAMBRIDGE 
BRIDGE COMMISSION. 



Bridges in charge of com- 
mission 



(Pagi 

Page 


s 83.) 

Work done 


Page 
83 


83 


Expenditures 


85 



[Document 24 — 1932.] 




ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 

FOR THE 

YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1931. 



Boston, January 2, 1932. 

Hon. James M. Curley, 

Mayor of Boston. 
Dear Sir, — In compliance with the Revised Ordi- 
nances, the annual report of the operations and expenses 
of the Public Works Department for the year ending 
December 31, 1931, is respectfully submitted. The 
Public Works Department, created by Ordinances 1910, 
chapter 9, now chapter 27 of the Revised Ordinances of 
1925, was formed by consolidating the Engineering, 
Water and Street Departments. 

Organization. 

The department is composed of six main divisions, 
viz.: 

Central Office. — The Central Office is composed of 
the accounting force of the entire department under the 
charge of the 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 



2 City Document No. 24. 

the control of the city; and 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 com- 
mission 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 com- 
mission and also because one half of the expense of 
the 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 charge of the construction, reconstruction 
and maintenance of roadways and sidewalks, and the 
care of lamps and lighting of streets, parks and alleys. 

Sanitary Division. — This division, under a division 
engineer, has charge of the collection and removal of 
ashes, garbage and refuse, street cleaning and the oiling 
and flushing of streets. 

Sewer Division.. — This division, under a division 
engineer, has charge of the construction and mainte- 
nance of sewers, catch-basins and waterways. 

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. 

General. 

Due to your Honor's intense interest in the unem- 
ployment situation, the Legislature was again petitioned 
for loans outside the debt limit to provide a construction 
program which would only slightly affect the tax rate. 

For the reconstruction and repair of old streets the 
Legislature authorized $500,000 outside the debt limit, 
to be spent within two years, and conditional upon 
$500,000 being provided inside the debt limit. This 



Public Works Department. 3 

total, together with the balances from loans of the 
previous year authorized by the Legislature, enabled 
us to spend over §3,000,000 on street construction this 
year, or approximately equal to that in 1930. 

Contracts for the reconstruction of old streets include 
roadways and granolithic sidewalks. During the past 
two years we have adopted a new policy and awarded 
contracts exclusively for the replacement of large areas 
of defective and uneven brick sidewalks in the older 
parts of the city, thereby adding to the comfort and 
convenience of pedestrians in general and for the recre- 
ation of children in the residential neighborhoods. We 
think it only fair that the comfort and safety of pedes- 
trians be given some consideration as compared with 
the enormous expenditures for traffic roadways for 
motor vehicles. 

We have replaced every brick sidewalk in the North 
and West Ends with granolithic and incidentally saved 
a large amount in personal injury awards which, in 
1929, amounted in these districts to $40,000. 

Through the efforts of your Honor, a reduction in 
electric street lighting rates was obtained, starting on 
September 1, 1931, amounting to approximately $36,000 
per year. In addition, without extra cost, the yearly 
lighting schedule has been increased from a total of 
3,828 hours to 4,000 hours, which more nearly conforms 
to the schedules of other large cities in this latitude. 
The total savings due to reduction and increased sched- 
ule amount to approximately $40,000 per year. 

A new ten-year contract for the disposal of refuse and 
garbage was awarded, to start July 1, 1932. Proposals 
were received for alternative periods of five and ten 
years, and the latter award seemed more advantageous 
for the city. 

A committee of engineers, designated by the com- 
missioner, comprising Mr. A. J. Post, Division Engineer 
of Sanitary, L. Bayles Reilly of the Bridge and Ferry 
Division and John ]\1. Shea of the Sewer Division, spent 
about six months investigating methods of disposal and 



4 City Document No. 24. 

reached a conclusion that the reduction process at Spec- 
tacle Island for garbage and dumps for refuse were the 
best and cheapest for the city in the areas included in 
the contract. 

Incineration must be given early consideration for 
the existing contract collection districts, particularly 
in West Roxbury and Brighton where the dumping 
facilities, within a reasonable haul, are disappearing. 

In order to relieve flood conditions and permit build- 
ing development, your Honor introduced a bill in the 
Legislature to provide $1,000,000 outside the debt limit 
for extending the covered channels of Stony brook and 
its tributaries, which failed in being reported to the 
Legislature. 

The Legislature, however, upon your Honor's petition, 
passed a bill in 1930 removing the limit of $1,000,000 
which could be borrowed inside the debt limit for 
sewerage works, which allowed us to spend $1,200,000 
this year for this purpose. 

The dangerous condition of the fixed span of the 
Chelsea and Boston ends of the Chelsea North Bridge 
requires their immediate rebuilding. A bill was intro- 
duced by your Honor in 1931 for its rebuilding at a 
cost of approximately $1,500,000, which went no further 
than the Committee on Rules of the Legislature. 

The Peters administration installed two high pres- 
sure fire service pumping stations, one located at the 
Edison Company's Atlantic avenue plant operated elec- 
trically, and the other located at the Lincoln wharf 
station of the Boston Elevated Railway operated by 
steam. The agreements for both stations called for our 
getting out when the premises were needed by either 
corporation. 

In March, due to the installation of a large new 
generating unit, the Boston Elevated Railway gave us 
notice to vacate their premises by June, which limit 
was later extended. The Edison Company were build- 
ing the second section of the steam heating plant on 
Kneeland street, and we were fortunate in making 



Public Works Department. 5 

arrangements with that company for the transfer of 
the two steam pumps from the Elevated's station. 
Changes in the distribution system piping were made 
to accommodate the new location, and the new station 
was put into satisfactory commission in December. 

Incidentally, the new station is a vast improvement 
over the old one in light, air and comfort for the 
operators. 

We also learned from the Edison Company that the 
Atlantic avenue station will be abandoned and sold 
when the real estate market renders it advisable, and 
the city should seek a site for and build a modern six- 
pump electric pumping station, which will be the main 
standby of the system, and the two steam pumps, be 
kept in commission as a desirable auxiliary. 

During the year the Boston & Albany Railroad bridges 
on Shawmut avenue and Albany street were rebuilt, 
and the Morton Street Bridge, over the New York, 
New Haven & Hartford Railroad tracks, was widened 
and rebuilt. 

By arrangement with the Public Welfare Depart- 
ment, unemployed men receiving aid are assigned for 
work in this department, the number of days for each 
individual varying from one to three according to the 
weekly welfare allowance. This entailed more expense 
to this department for tools and for supervision. The 
direct gain was more day labor construction, a large 
saving in our personal service items by not replacing 
employees who died or were retired, and a reduction in 
the number of the customary temporary men. 

Many of the welfare men were unable or unwilling to 
do a fair day's work, and the necessary mingling of 
them with our permanent force has had a tendency to 
reduce the output per man for the latter. 

Appropriations. 
The money assigned for the maintenance work of 
the Public Works Department during the year 1931 
was derived from the income of the city raised by 



6 



City Document No, 24. 



taxation. In December, 1930, the department esti- 
mates were submitted to the Mayor, in segregated 
form, who made such allowance for each item in the 
budget as he considered necessary and submitted them 
to the City Council. The total maintenance appro- 
priations as passed by the City Council and approved 
by the Mayor are shown below. 



Central Office 
Bridge Service 
Ferry Service 
Lighting Service 
Paving Service 
Sanitary Service 
Sewer Service 
Water Service 

Total 



$90,811 64 

483,398 43 

567,946 00 

1,040,478 00 

1,653,282 45 

3,154,113 16 

730,428 97 

1,737,189 18 

$9,457,647 83 



The expenditures under the several appropriations 
for the different services for the year 1931 were as 
follows : 



Divisions and Services. 



Current 
Expenses. 



Special 
Appropri- 
ations. 



Tot.il 
Expenditures. 



Balance 
December 
31, 1931. 



Central Office 

Bridge Service. . , 
Ferry Service. . . . 
Lighting Service. 
Paving Service. . . 
Sanitary Service. 
Sewer Service. . . . 
Water Service. . . . 



$86,174 74 

460,473 89 

560,744 34 

998,042 63 

1,496,534 55 

3,040,994 93 

654,430 64 

1,679,667 66 



$372,316 41 
137,770 37 



3,200,029 95 



1,635,705 22 
267,372 83 



$86,174 74 

832,790 30 

698,514 71 

998,042 63 

4,696,564 50 

3,040,994 93 

2,290,135 86 

1,947,040 39 



$53,791 44 
60,013 20 



324,916 17 



* 762,580 26 
47,389 90 



Totals. 



$8,977,063 28 



$5,613,194 78 



$14,590,258 06 



$1,248,690,97 



* $390,000 authorized, but not issued. 

Yours respectfully, 



J. A. ROURKE, 

Commissioner of Public Works. 



Public Works Department. 







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Revenues, 1931. 

On Account of the Public Works Department, as Per Auditor^s 

Statement. 

Bridge Service: 

Maintenance of Chelsea bridges . . . $20,335 45 

Albany Street Bridge, alterations . . . 2,399 98 

Northern Avenue Bridge, repairs ... 49 98 

Damage to bridges 270 68 

Sale of float 15 00 

Labor and material 71 28 

Charlestown Bridge, rents .... 1,865 00 



Central Office: 
Sale of typewriter 

Ferry Service: 

Tolls 

Rent 

Commission on telephones 
Cleaning telephone booths 
Free use of ferries, July 4 



Lighting Service : 

Damage to posts 

Paving Service: 

From assessments on abutters for cost of 
laying sidewalks in front of their premises, 
including material for the same . 

Permits 

Sale of material 

Labor and materials, chapter 27, section 9, 
Revised Ordinances, 1925 .... 

Labor and materials furnished, etc. 

Use of rollers 

Rent of signs 

Repairing signs ... ... 

Returned barrels, etc 

Sale of tractor 



,026 76 

593 17 

104 13 

48 00 

2 00 



Sanitary Service: 

Collection of commercial waste 
Refund on automobile registration 

Sale of manure 

Labor and materials . . . . 

Sale of cart 

Oiling streets 



H3,265 31 

21,341 19 

3,326 11 

88 50 

711 43 

359 92 

290 00 

97 59 

84 30 

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$46,268 85 

1 50 

2,651 15 

107 64 

20 00 

117 32 



Sewer Service: 

Pumping sewage, amount re- 
ceived from Commonwealth, 

Entrance fees .... 

Labor and materials furnished, 

Refimd automobile registra- 
tion 

Separate Systems of Drainage: 
Assessments .... 
Interest on ditto 



11,998 37 
3,735 14 
1,184 69 



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88,774 06 
433 80 



69,584 35 



49,166 46 



Carried forward $16,963 67 $232,970 04 



Public Works Department. 9 

Brought forward $16,963 67 $232,970 04 

Sewerage Works: 
Assessment, under chapter 450, 

Acts of 1899 . . . . $65,054 50 
Interest on ditto . . . 16,722 57 
Labor and materials, etc. . 983 78 

Rent 260 00 

83,020 85 

99,984 52 

Total $332,954 56 

Water Service: 
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For the year 1931 and prior . . .$4,769,01183 
Service pipes for new water takers, extending, 

repairing, etc. 63,487 52 

Labor and materials 1,865 82 

Elevator and fire pipe connections . . 11,519 47 

Sale of materials . ' 7,826 94 

Fees on overdue rates 13,670 17 

Shutting off and letting on water . . . 656 00 

Interest on deposits 324 30 

Testing meters 345 88 

Relocating hydrants 973 38 

Damage to hydrants 546 74 

Board of horse 547 50 

Use of compressor 21 70 

Rent of meter 10 00 

Abandoning main pipe 131 91 

Total 4,870,939 16 

Grand total $5,203,893 72 



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City Document No. 24. 



The records of the department show that there are 
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divisions and of that number 3,007 were upon the 
January, 1932, pay rolls. 



Grade and Number of Employees. 





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2 


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46 


722 


349 


618 


387 


186 


202 


2 


551 


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179 


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621 


326 


397 


543 


3,014 


January 1, 1932 


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197 


177 


2 


719 


600 


345 


384 


545 


3,007 


Total Eligible Force. 


January 1, 1931 


47 


198 


188 


2 


718 


647 


327 


402 


550 


3,079 


January 1, 1932 


46 


202 


186 


2 


722 


618 


349 


387 


551 


3,063 



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28 


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647 
402 
327 
550 


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618 
387 
349 
551 


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24 

28 

6 

3 


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2 

1 
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33 


15 






8 


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64 


85 




67 


1 


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3,079 


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67 


17 


4 


134 



'■ Includes eight Central Office employees who are paid on Water Service pay roll. 



PART 11. 

APPENDICES. 



18 City Document No. 24. 



APPENDIX A. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF 
THE BRIDGE AND FERRY DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1932. 

Mr. J. A. RouRKE, 

Commissioner of Public Works. 

Dear Sir, — I respectfully submit the following report 
of the income, expenditures and operation of the Bridge 
and Ferry Division for the year ending December 31, 
1931. The expenditures of the division in the regular 
maintenance appropriations of the department were 
$460,473.89. Under a number of special appropria- 
tions $364,138.15 was expended, making the total 
expenditure for the year $824,612.04. This does not 
include certain expenditures for construction work for 
other departments, which work was supervised by the 
engineers of this division. 

The more important works undertaken during the 
past year in the Bridge Service were the rebuilding of 
the Albany Street and Shawmut Avenue Bridges, 
over the Boston & Albany Railroad; the widening and 
rebuilding of the Morton Street Bridge, over the New 
York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad; the construc- 
tion of the Butler Street Footbridge, over the Dor- 
chester Rapid Transit Lines of the Boston Elevated 
Railway and the building of the McCraw Street Foot- 
way under the tracks of the New York, New Haven & 
Hartford Railroad, at the Bellevue Station, West 
Roxbury. 

As has been reported previously the pile approaches 
to the draw span of the Chelsea Bridge North, which 
are badly deteriorated and are gradually getting to be 
in a dangerous condition, should be rebuilt at once, 
preferably of granite, concrete and steel. As this will 
involve an expenditure of probably over $1,000,000, it 
would be advisable to obtain a legislative act allowing 
the city to borrow outside of the debt limit for this 
work. 



Public Works Department. 19 

Gainsborough Street Footbridge, over the New York, 
New Haven & Hartford Raih'oad, is in poor condition 
and should be rebuilt. 

Arlington Street Bridge, over the Boston & Albany 
Railroad, is to be widened and rebuilt in connection 
with the widening of Arlington street, from Arlington 
square to Stuart street. This work will be paid for 
out of a special appropriation for ''Highways, Making 
Of." 

The new steel ferryboat ''General Sumner" was put 
in commission early this year. 

Albany Street Bridge, Over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

A contract was approved September 1, 1931, with 
Coleman Brothers, Incorporated, for rebuilding this 
bridge. A new steel and concrete superstructure was 
built on the existing pier and abutment, replacing the 
old superstructure which was in bad condition due to 
corrosion. 

The new bridge is built of 20-inch deck beams encased 
in concrete. It has one roadway 34 feet 5 inches wide 
and two 8-foot wide sidewalks. 

The roadway is of reinforced concrete slab construc- 
tion with a bitulithic pavement. The under side of 
the bridge is protected by cast-iron blast plates fastened 
to the beams. A clearance of 15.50 feet is provided 
between the under surface of the bridge and the top of 
the rail. The work was completed December 28, 1931, 
at a contract cost of $19,948.80. 

Austin Street Bridge, Charlestown. 

A contract was approved April 2, 1931, with Cole- 
man Brothers, Inc., for repairing the wearing surface 
of this bridge. 

The work consisted of replanking the sidewalks with 
new 2-inch yellow pine plank, resetting the existing 
curb irons and renewing the roadway with new granite 
block paving on a black base with an asphalt filler. 

The work was completed September 28, 1931, at a 
cost of 820,260.25. 

Broadway Bridge Over Fort Point Channel. 
A contract was approved July 27, 1931, with the 
Pierce Company, Inc., for repairing and guniting the 
masonry piers of this bridge. The work was completed 
October 31, 1931, at a cost of $4,087.62. 



20 City Document No. 24. 

Broadway and Dover Street Bridges. 
A contract was approved November 17, 1931, with 
W. H. Ellis & Son Company for repairing the draw 
fender piers of these bridges. The work will be com- 
pleted early in 1932. 

Brookline Avenue Bridge Over Boston & Albany Railroad. 
A contract was approved May 6, 1931, with Maurice 
M. Devine for repairing and guniting the under surface 
of this bridge. The work was completed May 25, 1931, 
at a cost of $1,266.02. 

Butler Street Footbridge Over Rapid Transit Tracks, 

Dorchester. 

This bridge was built to accommodate foot travel to 
the Butler Street Station of the Rapid Transit line. It 
is built of steel, 162 feet 6 inches long and 9 feet wide, 
supported by steel columns on concrete footings. There 
are four stairways, one leading to the station platform. 
The superstructure consists of 24-inch girder I-beams, 
with a reinforced concrete sidewalk; it is provided with 
a standard rail fence with posts at the head of the stair- 
ways provided with lights. This bridge spans three 
freight tracks of the New York, New Haven & Hartford 
Railroad and two Rapid Transit tracks; the minimum 
clearance being 18.1 feet. The contract was approved 
with Joseph A. Singarella, July 2, 1931. The work was 
completed October 26, 1931, at a cost of $14,135.25. 

This work was done under supervision of this division 
for the Highway Division. 

Charlestown Bridge. 
A contract was approved November 10, 1930, with 
the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation for relining 
eight hydraulic cylinders of this bridge. The work was 
completed June 10, 1931, at a cost of $3,585. 

CharlestoiDn Bridge. 
A contract was approved March 28, 1931, with Joseph 
A. Singarella for removing old asphalt sidewalk on 
southerly side of the bridge and replacing it with a 
reinforced concrete sidewalk 10 feet wide and 800 feet 
long. Work was completed April 18, 1931, at a cost 
11,691.55. 



Public Works Department. 21 

Granite Avenue Bridge. 

A contract was approved June 27, 1931, with the 
Pierce Company, Inc.. for rebuilding the southerly wing 
wall of the ]Milton abutment. The ^Milton abutment 
was pointed with gunite and the joints of the Boston 
abutment were pinned and pointed. The work was 
completed September 4, 1931, at a cost of $4,803.50. 

One half of the cost of this work was paid for by the 
County of Suffolk and one half by the Town of Milton. 

Maiden Bridge Over Mystic River. 

A contract was approved August 20, 1931, with the 

Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation for renewing the 

four top pins in the counterweight links. The work 

was completed September 12, 1931, at a cost of S4,097. 

McCraw Street Footway, West Roxbury. 

A contract was approved April 12, 1931, with Thomas 
Mulcare, Inc., for building a concrete footway under 
the tracks of the New York, New Haven & Hartford 
Railroad to connect McCraw street with the Bellevue 
Railroad Station. It is 40 feet long, 7 feet wide and 
7 feet 11 inches high. A granolithic w^alk was built 
on the northerly side to connect the passageway with 
the station platform. Work was completed July 31, 
1931, at a cost of $5,170.25. 

This work was done under the supervision of this 
division for the Highway Division. 

Morton Street Bridge Over Midland Division New York, 
New Haven & Hartford Railroad. 

A contract was approved April 29, 1931, with Cole- 
man Brothers, Inc., for rebuilding this bridge. The 
old bridge was 40 feet wide, 28 feet long, with two side- 
walks 4| feet wide, wooden stringers, with a wooden 
deck and granite abutment. 

The new bridge is built to accommodate four tracks. 
The two middle tracks have a clearance of 18 feet, the 
two outside tracks will have 17.52 feet clearance. The 
new bridge is 80 feet wide and 76 feet long with a road- 
way 56 feet wide and two 12-foot sidewalks. The new 
bridge is supported by two reinforced concrete abut- 
ments and two steel piers on concrete foundations; 
the superstructure consists of I-beams encased in con- 



22 City Document No. 24. 

Crete with a reinforced slab and bitulithic roadway; 
the underside of the bridge has cast-iron blast plates 
and protection plates fastened to the I-beams; the 
sidewalks are reinforced concrete. Two flights of con- 
crete steps were built to connect the street with the 
station platforms. The work was completed November 
30, 1931, at a contract cost of $59,502.67. 

Mystic Avenue Bridge Over Boston & Maine Railroad 
arid Boston & Albany Railroad. 

A contract was approved with Hill & Delaney, July 7, 
1931, for repaving the roadway with granite blocks and 
replanking the sidewalks with 2-inch planking. The 
Boston & Maine Railroad repaired the steelwork and 
painted the structure. 

The work was completed September 24, 1931, at a 
cost of $3,400.61. 

Northern Avenue Bridge. 

A contract was approved with Rideout, Chandler & 
Joyce, July 10, 1931, for installing eight new compressed 
air tanks, new piping and valves. This equipment is 
used for operating the drawbridge and the end lifts. 
The work was completed October 21, 1931, at a cost of 
$7,871. 

The necessity for renewing these tanks was due to a 
reduction of air pressure, required by the Massachusetts 
Department of Safety, to such an extent that the draw 
could not be operated. 

Shawmut Avenue Bridge. 

A contract was approved with Coleman Brothers, Inc., 
August 5, 1931, for rebuilding this bridge. 

The bridge was about 116 feet long and 60 feet wide, 
supported at each end by granite abutments with a 
central stone pier. The old bridge had two roadways 
18 feet 6 inches wide, paved with granite blocks, and two 
sidewalks 7 feet 9 inches wide with a plank surface. 
The superstructure consisted of three steel plate girders 
with steel floor beams. The new bridge is built of steel 
I-beams encased in concrete, with a 6-inch reinforced 
slab. The underside of the bridge is protected with 
cast-iron blast plates and steel plates. There is one 
roadway 40 feet 6 inches wide with a 2-inch bitulithic 
surface and two granolithic sidewalks 9 feet 9 inches 



Public Works Department. 23 

wide. The minimum clearance over the Boston & 
Albany Railroad is 15 feet 6 inches and over the New 
York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad is 16.07 feet. 
The work was completed December 7, 1931, at a cost of 
$43,952.40. 

Sprague Street Bridge, Hyde Park. 

A contract w^as approved with the New England 
-Maintenance Company, Inc., March 31, 1931, for re- 
decking this bridge. A new deck was laid on which 
2-inch asphalt planking was placed as a wearing surface, 
replacing the old 2-inch spruce. The sidewalks were 
also replanked. The work was completed August 8, 
1931, at a cost of $11,785. 

Summer Street Bridge Over Fort Point Channel. 

A contract w^as approved with the Pierce Company, 
Inc., June 17, 1931, for cleaning and painting this 
bridge. All the steel superstructure, including gates 
and fences, were cleaned and painted. The city sup- 
plied the paint. The work was completed October 19, 
1931, at a cost of $2,600. 

Warren Bridge. 

A contract w^as approved with the Bethlehem Ship- 
building Corporation January 29, 1931, for repairing 
the draw span and machinery of this bridge. This 
work was made necessary by the fouling of the draw 
by a vessel going through the waterway. The draw 
span which had been partially displaced by this col- 
lision was jacked back into place, its trucks replaced 
and the tracks repaired, relined and respiked. The 
trucks were overhauled and replaced. The work was 
completed February 5, 1931, at a cost of $2,515.88. 

The fender guards and other wood work on the 
waterw^ay was repaired by W. H. Ellis & Son Com- 
pany, under contract approved October 24, 1931. 
The work was completed December 1, 1931, at a cost 
of $3,142.65. 

Day Labor Force. 

The day labor force made repairs to Broadway 
Drawbridge, over the Boston & Albany Railroad. 
The 4-inch wooden planking was replaced by 6-inch 
creosoted yellow pine plank and the w^ooden block 



24 City Document No. 24. 

flooring was replaced by asphalt plank. The steel- 
work under the floor was cleaned and painted. 

On Maiden Bridge the woodwork of the draw span 
was completely rebuilt with asphalt plank wearing 
surface in the roadway. 

At Meridian Street Bridge the East Boston end of 
the pile structure at the draw span was rebuilt, in 
conjunction with the Boston Elevated Railway 
Company. 

Reservoir Road Bridge, over the Boston & Albany 
Railroad, was rebuilt; the railroad placing new steel 
work and deck planking and the city rebuilding the 
wearing surface, which is made of asphalt plank. 

Fairmount /V venue Bridge, Dorchester Avenue Bridge, 
over the railroad and other bridges, had the wearing 
surfaces replaced with asphalt plank. 

At Summer Street Bridge, over Fort Point Channel, 
the shelter houses and draw house have been painted 
and repaired. 

Miscellaneous Repairs for Other Divisions and 
Departments of the City. 

Institutions Department — Lo)ig Island. 

A contract was approved with the Bay State Dredg- 
ing and Contracting Company February 14, 1931, for 
dredging out the berth for the coal barges at the coal 
pocket at Long Island. It was dredged to a depth of 
15 feet below mean low water at a bid price of $0.74 
per cubic yard for material excavated. 

The work was done under the direction of this divi- 
sion for the Institutions Department and was com- 
pleted IMarch 3, 1931, at a cost of $3,234.54. 

A contract was approved with Buck-McDonald 
Company August 5, 1931, for repairing the wood 
work and existing piling and for driving a series of new 
fender piles at the easterly wharf. These repairs were 
made under the direction of this division for the Insti- 
tutions Department. The work was completed Novem- 
ber 13, 1931, at a cost of $6,861. 

Sanitary Division ■ — ■ Refuse Stations. 
A contract was approved with the Bay State Dredg- 
ing and Construction Company July 2, 1931, for 
dredging docks of Victory Road and Albany Street 
Garbage Stations. This work was made necessary by 



Public Works Department. 25 

the spilling over into the dock of refuse when being 
dumped into scows. It was done under the direction 
of this division for the Sanitary Division. The work 
was completed July 18, 1931, at a cost of $11,518.80. 

A contract was approved with the New England 
]\Iaintenance Company July 30, 1931, for miscellaneous 
repairs consisting of some new piling, repairs to old 
piling, refitting new spurshores, new sheathing and 
planking at the receiving stations at Victory road, 
Dorchester, and Albany street, Boston. Work was 
completed October 19. 1931, at a cost of $10,497.53. 

A similar contract was approved with the same 
company December 7, 1931, for repairing the receiving 
station at Fort Hill Wharf, Atlantic avenue, in the 
same manner as the above. Work was completed 
December 30, 1931, at a cost of $6,189.50. 

Highway Division. 

Nashua Street Circle Bulkhead. 

A contract was approved with Coleman Brothers, 
Inc., July 27, 1931, for the construction of a wooden 
bulkhead at the Nashua Street Circle. This is a tem- 
poraiy bulkhead to accommodate the construction 
of the roadway under the Cambridge Viaduct. This 
work was done under the supervision of this division 
for the Highwav Division. The work was completed 
September 21, 1931, at a cost of $10,886.63. 



26 City Document No. 24. 



FERRY SERVICE. 



The following ferryboats are in commission: 

Name. When Built. Length. Gross Tons 

John H. Sullivan 1912 172 ft. 3 in. 527 

Lieutenant Flaherty 1921 174 " 727 

Ralph J. Palumbo 1921 174 " 755 

Charles C. Dono^hue 1926 174 " 4 in. 756. 77 

Daniel A. MacCormack 1926 174 " 4 in. 756. 77 

General Sumner 1930 174 " 4 in. 779 

All these boats are of the propeller type and are all 
steel boats. 

The work of this division for the year consisted 
entirely of maintenance work with no major repairs 
and no emergency work of any magnitude. 

"Daniel A. MacCormack." 

A contract with the Richard T. Green Company for 
repairs and minor renewals to the ferryboat "Daniel 
A. MacCormack" was approved February 14, 1931. 
Included in the contract were the cleaning and painting 
of the whole boat and such repairs to the hull and 
machinery as were required by the United States Steam- 
boat Inspection Service before the issuance of annual 
papers for the boat to remain in service for the succeed- 
ing 3'ear. The work was completed March 16, 1931, at 
a cost of $4,914.80. 

''Lieutenant Flaherty." 

A contract with the Richard T. Green Company for 
repairs incidental to inspection by the United States 
Inspection Service was approved May 4, 1931. In- 
cluded in the contract were the furnishing and installing 
of a new feed pump, a new jacking gear for the main 
engines, recanvasing of the upper deck, repairing the 
guards and ends of the main deck, rebabbitting of 
horseshoes of the main thrust bearings and the furnish- 
ing and installing of 620 new condenser tubes. The 
work was completed June 23, 1931, at a cost of 
$11,374.50. 



Public Woeks Department. 27 



''John H. Sullivan." 

A contract with the Richard T. Green Company for 
repairs incidental to inspection by the United States 
Inspection Service Avas approved August 7, 1931. 
Included in the contract were the rebabbitting of seven 
horseshoes of the main thrust bearings, four brasses for 
main bearings and the furnishing and installing of a ten 
K. W. turbo generator. Work was completed Septem- 
ber 8, 1931, at a cost of S7,775. 

On August 11, 1931, the Richard T. Green Company 
was directed to perform the following extra work under 
its contract for repairing hull, etc., of ferryboat "John 
H. Sullivan," dated August 7, 1931. Remove after 
tail shaft, furnish and fit new composition sleeve, 
machine and reinstall; the price did not include such 
electric welding on the shaft as was required before 
installing new sleeve. 

The nature of this necessary work was such that it 
could not be anticipated until the boat was on the 
^ailwa3^ 

Estimated cost of extra work was $750. 

"Ralph J. Palumbo." 

A contract with the Richard T. Green Company for 
repairs incidental to inspection by the United States 
Inspection Service was approved October 15, 1931. 
Included in the contract were the furnishing and install- 
ing of a new feed pump, three hundred and six condenser 
tubes, two new bronze tube sheets for the condenser 
and the welding of pitted areas of the propellers. Work 
was completed November 16, 1931, at a cost of $7,623.80. 

"Charles C. Donoghue." 

A contract wdth the Richard T. Green Company for 
repairs incidental to inspection by the United States 
Inspection Service was approved November 30, 1931. 
Other than cleaning and painting, the repairs required 
were of minor importance. The work w^as completed 
December 26, 1931, at a cost of $4,016.50. 

Repairs to Piers. 

A contract with the W. H. Ellis & Son Company for 
repairs to piers at North and South Ferries was approved 
February 19, 1931. In completing the terms of the 



28 City Document No. 24. 

contract 205 new piles were driven, more than 50 per 
cent of which were over 55 feet in length; 2,455 linear 
feet of new oak girders were secured in place ; four new 
pier heads were rebound with cable or chain and 300 
yards of gravel filling deposited around the piles to 
increase stiffness of the piers generally. Work was 
completed May 29, 1931, at a cost of $13,302.50. 

A contract with the Roy B. Rendle Company for 
further renewals at North and South Ferries was 
approved December 4, 1931. Work did not progress 
far during the remainder of the year after the signing 
of the contract. The work will be completed early next 
year. 

A contract was approved with W. H. Ellis & Son 
Company, July 24, 1931, for removing the coal pocket 
at the South Ferry pier, East Boston, down to the level 
of the deck of the wharf. The work was completed 
September 21, 1931, at a cost of $485. 

Department Force. 

During the year machinists, carpenters, painters, 
riggers and electricians, who make up the personnel of 
the department force, made all repairs possible to the 
plant to the extent of equipment at their disposal. 
This work was made up mainly of minor repairs to the 
machinery on the boats, repairs to ferry bridge ma- 
chinery, ferry bridge roadways and headhouse repairs 
in general. 

Yours respectfully, 

John E. Carty, 
Division Engineer. 



Public Woeks Department. 



29 



Tidewater Bridges. 



Bridges. 



Drawtenders' 
Salaries. 



Mechanics' 
Wages. 



Material. 



Repair 
Bills. 



Supplies. 



Total. 



Broadway 

Charlestown 

Chelsea North 

Chekea South. ... 

Chelsea Street 

Congress Street . . . . 
Dorchester Avenue 

Dover Street 

L Street * 

Maiden 

Meridian Street. . . . 
Northern Avenue . . 
Summer Street . . . . 
Warren 

Totals 



$16,344 68 
22.263 90 
18,704 38 
18,494 29 
16,557 52 
17,182 73 
16,260 82 
16,136 73 
16,288 52 
16,951 77 
16,776 16 
18,717 64 
16,518 06 
16,910 65 



$564 04 

3,672 29 

2,839 44 

426 15 

559 96 

390 50 

1,620 77 

524 84 

921 89 

5,170 19 

4,153 17 

5,209 03 

2,844 21 

5,167 96 



$106 73 

1,308 67 

1,322 13 

434 25 

115 40 

53 64 

1,670 10 

143 06 

271 77 

2,366 67 

2,140 74 

2,076 85 

1,904 18 

2,389 71 



$184 86 

2,638 64 

2,572 58 

1,315 57 

454 39 

950 50 

1,517 51 

541 29 

614 62 

2,512 41 

3,418 80 

3,808 69 

1,231 07 

5,006 55 



$429 81 
683 53 

1,046 94 
824 38 
359 36 
670 28 
464 30 
276 08 
427 56 
623 89 
506 56 
3,186 49 
377 09 
482 92 



$17,630 12 

30,567 03 

26,485 47 

21,494 64 

18,046 63 

19,247 65 

21,533 50 

17,622 00 

18,524 36 

27.624 93 

26,995 43 

32,998 70 

22,874 61 

29,957 79 



$244,107 85 $34,064 44 $16,303 90 $26,767 48 



$10,359 19 



$331,602 86 



* Now Summer Street, over Reserved Channel. 



30 City Document No. 24. 



SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS. 



BRIDGES, REPAIRS, ETC. 



Arlington Street Bridge. 

Test pile $1,611 87 

Photog:raphs 45 00 

• $1,656 87 

Austin Street-Prison Point Bridge. 

Coleman Brothers, Inc. $20,993 45 

Inspection of lumber 20 00 

Advertising 16 50 

Supplies 21 92 

— 21,051 87 

Broadway Bridge, Over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Material $5,454 98 

Inspection of lumber 40 00 

Repairing trusses 734 76 

Removing rubbish 79 85 

Flagman services 153 27 

6,462 86 

Broadway Bridge, Over Fort Point Channel. 

The Pierce Company, Inc $4,087 62 

Advertising 17 00 

4,104 62 

Brookline Avenue Bridge. 

Maurice M. Devine $1,266 02 

Advertising 8 00 

: 1,274 02 

Cambridge Street Bridge, Allston. 
The Pierce Company, Inc 821 71 

Charlestown Bridge. 

J. A. Singareila $1,691 55 

Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Ltd. . 4,179 00 

Repair bills 1,535 91 

Advertising 8 25 

7,414 71 

Chelsea North Bridge. 

The Pierce Company, Inc $946 87 

Repairing paving 1,279 84 

Repair bills 585 00 

Photographs 9 45 

2,821 16 

Carried forward $45,607 82 



Public Works Department. 31 

Brought fcrward $45,607 82 

Dorchester Avenue Bridge. 

W. H. Ellis & Son Company .... $799 43 

Repairing paving 864 78 

Material, asphalt plank 569 38 

2,233 59 

Dover Street Bridge. 
New heater 398 00 

Gove Street Bridge (Foot). 
Repair bills 321 80 

M.vlden Bridge. 

Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Ltd. . $6,125 74 

Inspection of- pins 56 50 

Repair bills 1,026 09 

Material 613 11 

Advertising 49 95 

Labor 670 00 

8,541 39 



Meridian Street Bridge. 

W. H. Ellis & Son Company .... $339 91 

Repairing paving 130 49 

Advertising 44 76 



515 16 
Milton Street Bridge. 
Material, asphalt plank 646 90 

Morton Street Bridge. 
Test borings 150 88 

Mtstic Avenue Bridge. 

Hill & Delaney $2,890 52 

Advertising 8 00 



Northern Avenue Bridge. 



W. H. Ellis & Son Company 
A. G. Tomasello & Son Company 
Rideout, Chandler & Joyce 
Painting cjiinders 

Advertising 

Material 

Supplies 

Transit Department pay roll 



$8,482 25 

1,373 76 

7,871 00 

72 00 

8 00 

142 46 

21 92 

139 60 



2,898 52 



18,110 99 
Prescott Street Bridge. 
Repair bills .$421 89 

Sprague Street Bridge. 

New England Maintenance Company . . $13,124 81 

Inspection of lumber 135 45 

Advertising 8 50 

Supplies 21 91 

13,290 67 



Carried forward $93,137 61 



32 



City Document No. 24. 



Brought forward 

Summer Street Bridge. 

Maurice M. Devine $1,998 .37 

The Pierce Company, Inc 2,600 00 

Material, paint 1,460 23 

Analysis of paint 53 00 

Advertising 8 00 

Material from Transit Department . . . 332 72 

Transit Department pay roll .... 1,319 85 



5,137 61 



Tremont Street Bridge. 



Repairing paving 



7,772 17 
406 20 



Warren Bridge. 



Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Ltd. 
W. H. Ellis & Son Company . 

Advertising 

Tidewater assessment 



$2,515 88. 
2,548 64 
14 70 

7 88 



Webster Street Bridge. 



Repairs 



Wordsworth Street Bridge. 



Repairs . 
Total 



5,087 10 
197 90 

268 20 
$106,869 18 



Albany Street Bridge. 



Coleman Brothers, Inc. 
Inspection of steel 
Advertising 
Office supplies 
Engineering . 



Congress Street Bridge 
Coleman Brothers, Inc. 
Boston Bridge Works, Inc. 
Desmond & Lord . 
Replacing switchboard 
New siren 
Photographs . 



$15,579 65 

89 06 

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72 20 

1,106 21 

$16,864 12 



$48,604 86 
385 53 
693 37 
877 08 
373 05 
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.$51,013 89 



Morton Street Bridge. 

Coleman Brothers, Inc $55,948 44 

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad . 

Inspection of steel 

Advertising 

Care of lanterns on detour 

Material, paint 

New fence 

Photographs 

Rent of electric time switch and electric connection . 

Carried forward $58,176 49 



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Traveling; expense 
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Inspection of steel 
Material, red lead 
Advertising 
Office supplies 
Engineers' instruments 
Engineering . 



MUT Avenue Brid.ge 



$58,176 49 

29 44 

238 76 

164 10 

11,772 19 

$70,380 98 



$37,359 59 

327 60 

37 73 

17 00 

133 25 

29 20 

7,182 95 

$45,087 32 



Summer and L Streets, Widening and Construction of. 



Coleman Brothers, Inc 

Coleman Brothers, Inc. (drawtenders' house) 

Coleman Brothers, Inc. (bills) . 

Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Ltd. 

Connor Electric Corporation 

Material .... 

Inspection of steel 

Stairs and landing 

Office supplies 

Transit Department (bills) 

Engineering . 



$59,555 59 
982 50 

2.651 47 
1,322 89 
1,848 00 

327 00 

8 50 

457 47 

34 30 

2,477 07 

1.652 14 

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FERRY SERVICE. 



Financial Statement for the Year Ending 

December 31, 1931. 

Receipts for the year (net income) . . * $88,781 43 

Ordinary expenses (maintenance ap- 
propriation) $560,744 34 

Interest paid on ferry debt . 29,547 50 

Depreciation on ferryboats . 84,433 79 

Decrease in value of machinery and 

tools 362 97 

Decrease in value of fuel on hand, 390 60 

Decrease in value of supplies on 

hand 1,998 56 



Net outgo for the year 677,477 76 

Net loss for the year f $588,696 33 



* Includes $7.37 in hands of cashier. 

t Does not include expenditures for special appropriations. 



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City Document No. 24. 



Total Expenditures Upon Ferries Since 1858=59. 

Expenditures for avenues, paving, interest, 

etc., previous to the purchase of the 

ferries by the city $444,101 30 

Purchase of the ferries, April, 1870 . . 276,375 00 

Expenditures for ferryboats since April, 1870, 2,529,820 50 

Expenditures for new buildings, piers, drops, 

etc 1,491,468 89 

Expenditures for tools and fixtures (prior to 

1910) 14,752 46 

Expenditures for land from Lincoln's Wharf 

in 1887 5,652 52 

Expenditures for land from Battery Wharf 

in 1893 10,000 00 

Total expenditures on capital account . $4,772,080 67 

Expenditures for repairs of all kinds . 2,734,452 13 

Expenditures for fuel 2,907,233 36 

Expenditures for salaries and wages . . 11,037,894 02 

Expenditures for all other purposes . . 3,088,057 76 

$24,539,717 94 



Total Receipts from Ferries Since 1858=59. 

Receipts from rents, etc., previous to pur- 
chase of ferries $29,588 56 

Receipts from ferry tolls since purchase of 

ferries 8,274,319 50 

Receipts from rents since purchase of ferries, 72,694 90 

Receipts from sale of ferryboats . . 168,004 57 

Receipts from all other sources, per ferry 

books 35,429 85 

Receipts from all other sources, additional, 

per City Auditor 30,734 85 



Total receipts from all sources 
Less amount with tollmen as cap- 
ital $200 00 

Less amount in hands of cashier . 7 37 



5,610,772 23 



207 37 



Total receipts, auditor's reports 



5,610,564 86 



Public Works Department. 



39 



Receipts at Each Ferry. 

Xorth Ferry. 



From Tollmen. 


From Foot 
Passengers. 


From 
Tickets. 


Totals. 


Boston side 


$2,651 44 
2,563 70 


$2,092 80 
1,807 20 


$4,744 24 


East Boston side 


4,370 90 






Totals 


$5,215 14 


$3,900 00 


$9,115 14 



From tollmen 

From gatemen: 

11,566 foot passengers at 1 cent, 

Cash fares for teams 



Total at North Ferry 



$115 66 
5,719 20 



),115 14 



5,834 86 
$14,950 00 



South Ferry. 



From Tollmen. 



From Foot 
Passengers. 



From 
Tickets. 



Totals. 



Boston side 

East Boston side . 



Totals. 



$5,845 96 
5,776 97 



$11,622 93 



$4,966 80 
3,967 20 



5,934 00 



$10,812 76 
9,744 17 



$20,556 93 



From tollmen $20,556 93 

From gatemen: 

38,305 foot passengers at 1 cent, $383 05 

Cash fares for teams . . . 46,549 35 

46,932 40 



Total at South Ferry 



$67,489 33 



40 



City Document No. 24. 



North and South Ferries 

Tickets paid for at ferry office .... 
Tickets sold and paid for through City Col- 
lector's office 

Received in lieu of free ferries, July 4, 1930, 1931, 



Total from rates 
Rents for the year 
Headhouse privileges 
Care of public telephone booths 
Commission on public telephones 



$82,439 33 


5,133 


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193 


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104 


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Total receipts for the year 



,781 43 



* Includes $53.60 tickets sold in 1930 and paid for in 1931. Does not include 
'.60 sold in 1931 and not paid for. 



Travel on the Ferries from January 1, 1931, to 
December 31, 1931, Inclusive. 

North Ferry. South Ferry. 

Foot passengers at 1 cent each . 533,080 1,200,598 

Foot passengers by ticket . 15,118 6,252 



Total foot passengers 



548,198 1,206,850 





North 
Ferry. 


South 
Ferry. 


Hand cart, or wheelbarrow and man 5 cents 

Horse and rider 5 cents 


23,410 

42,913 

64,507 

6,088 
2,403 




Horse and cattle, each with attendant 5 cents • 

One or two horse vehicle with driver 5 cents 

Motorcycle with driver 5 cents 

Trailer 10 cents! 


64,388 


Three or foui- horse vehicle with driver 10 cents 

Passenger automobile with driver and one 

passenger 10 cents 

Passenger automobile with driver and more 

than one passenger 15 cents! 

Motor truck, six tons or less, with driver .... 15 cents/ 

Motor truck over six tons, with driver 20 cents"! 

Auto bus with driver 20 cents/ 

Auto bus with driver and passengers 30 cents 


274,320 

195,760 

7,186 
1,053 




138.321 


542,707 









Public Works Department. 



41 



Changes in rates of tolls on city ferryboats were 
made during the year 1930. The first rate, effective 
January 1, was superseded on April 1, 1930, by the 
rates which are now effective, and are as follows: 



Passengers. 

On and after April 1, 1930, the tolls on the East 
Boston Ferries will be as follows: 



Foot passengers 



1 cent. 



Vehicles. 

One or two horse vehicle with driver 
Motorcycle with driver .... 

Trailer 

Three or four horse vehicle with driver 

Passenger automobile with driver and one passenger, 

Passenger automobile with driver and more than one 

passenger 

Motor truck, six tons or less, with driver 
Motor truck, over six tons, with driver 

Auto bus with driver 

Auto bus with driver and passengers 

Miscellaneous. 

Hand cart, or wheelbarrow and man 

Horse and rider 

Horse and cattle, each with attendant 





5 cents. 


5 cents. 


10 cents. 


10 cents. 


enger, 10 cents. 


m one 


15 cents. 




15 cents. 




20 cents. 




20 cents. 




30 cents. 


5 cents. 


5 cents. 




5 cents. 



Tickets for Vehicles. 

Tickets in books of ten to be sold at a reduction of 20 
per cent. 

Funeral Processions. 
Funeral processions pass free of tolls. 



42 



City Document No. 24. 



Motor Vehicle Traffic (Reports of Captains). 

January 1, 1931, to December 31, 1931. 





North Ferry. 


South Ferry. 


Totals. 


Passenger cars 


65,117 
49,705 


378,505 
117,239 


443,622 


Trucks 


166,944 






Totals 


* 114,822 


t 495,744 


610,566 



t Includes 13,457 free. 



* Includes 4,743 free. 

Total paying foot passengers . 
Total foot passengers carried 



Total paying teams, passenger cars and trucks 
Total free teams 



1,755,048 
1,755,048 

681,028 
18,200 



Public Works Department. 43 



APPENDIX B. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
HIGHWAY DIVISION. 



Boston, Januarj^ 2, 1932. 

Mr. Joseph A. Rourke, 

Commissioner of Public Works. 

Dear Sir, — I submit herewith a statement of the 
activities, operations and expenditures of the Highway 
Division for the year ending December 31, 1931. 

The maintenance expenditures of the division for 
the year were as follows: 

Lighting Service $998,042 63 

Paving Service 1,496,534 55 



Total $2,494,577 18 

Paving Service. 

The work done in 1931 has been greater in volume 
than ever before in any one single year in the history 
of the city. 

Under the item of "Highways, Making of," four 
unfinished contracts of 1930 were finished in 1931. 

One hundred and two contracts were awarded in 1931, 
of which ninety were completed and twelve unfinished. 

Under the item of "Reconstruction of Streets" there 
were one hundred and twenty-seven streets rebuilt by 
contract. 

The total expenditure for all the aforementioned is: 

Reconstruction of Streets $1,175,000 

Highways, Making of 970,000 

Nearly all the work of Reconstruction of Streets 
consisted of smooth pavement laid on concrete base with 
new artificial stone sidewalks. In addition there were 



44 City Document No. 24. 

over fifty streets in which new artificial stone sidewalks 
were laid on either one or both sides of the street. 

Two contracts were awarded for repaying of streets 
having an asphalt or bitulithic surface and on which 
the maintenance guarantee had expired. The city was 
divided into two sections and a contract awarded in 
each section. 

The outstanding work done for the year 1931 is as 
follows : 

Brighton. — Market street and Western avenue. 

East Boston. — Maverick street. 

South Boston. — East Eighth street; Summer street; L street; 

Northern avenue; Congress street; Sleeper street; Farns- 

worth street. 
Roxhury. — Magazine street; East Cottage street. 
Dorchester. — Hancock street; Washington street; Dorchester 

avenue. 
Charlestown. — Rutherford avenue and City square. 
Hyde Park. — Hyde Park avenue. 

Contracts have been awarded and work is in progress 
on two important thoroughfares, namely: 

Preble Street, South Boston. — Between Dorchester avenue 

and Old Colony avenue. 
Centre street, West Roxbury. — Between Weld street and South 

street. 

The most notable piece of highway construction this 
year was the widening and the construction of Charles 
street, city proper, between Cambridge street and 
Leverett street. 

Charles street was built with two 38-foot roadways 
with granite edgestone and a planted reservation in 
the center of 28 feet in width. The sidewalk on the 
Park Department side is 6 feet in width and the side- 
walk on the opposite or hospital side is 10 feet in width. 

At each end of the project, namely, at Cambridge and 
Leverett streets, there is a rotary traffic circle. At 
Cambridge street this area is oval in shape with a 
diameter of 250 feet and 225 feet. 

The one at Nashua street is egg-shaped and the two 
diameters are 235 feet and 175 feet. The roadways 
are paved with asphalt with the exception of a 20-foot 
rim adjoining the circle which is built of granite block 
pavement. 



Public Works Department. 45 

In connection with this work there is also an under- 
pass road leading under the Longfellow Bridge and 
known as Charlesbank road. There is also a small 
connecting roadway known as Westside road. 

Charlesbank road is 35 feet in width and Westside 
road is also 35 feet in width. 

In addition, a foot underpass has been built on the 
easterly side of Charles street leading from the south 
side of Cambridge street to a point opposite the Suffolk 
County Jail entrance. 

The object of this footway or underpass is to allow 
pedestrians to cross the traffic circle at Cambridge 
street. This underpass also has connection with the 
new station of the Boston Elevated Railway which is 
now being constructed. 

In addition to the work of construction done by 
contract, the division forces were employed in the 
maintenance of the streets throughout the city, resur- 
facing and repairing macadam roadways, relaying the 
paving in granite paved streets and patching old street 
surfaces. 

LiCHTiNc Service. 

New installation of street lights have been made on 
North Harvard street, Brighton, consisting of fifteen 
1,500 candle power ]Mazda lamps on concrete posts. 

Charles street, from Cambridge to Leverett streets, 
including the two new rotary traffic circles at Cambridge 
and Leverett streets, has been installed with eighty-five 
1,500 candle power Mazda lamps mounted on concrete 
posts spaced about one hundred and seven feet apart 
in pairs, also eleven 1,000 candle power Mazda lamps 
on concrete posts set apart one hundred feet which are 
installed on the new by-pass roadway known as Charles- 
bank road. 

The following-named streets have had new lamp 
installation of 600 candle power Mazda lamps mounted 
on concrete posts: 



Strathmore road 
Sydney street 
Parkman street 



Waverly street 
St. James street. 



Washington street. West Roxbury, from La Grange 
street to the Dedham line, formerly lighted with gas; 
this 100-foot roadway with a central 30-foot street car 



46 City Document No, 24. 

reservation is now brilliantly illuminated with seventy- 
nine 1,000 candle power lamps mounted on concrete 
posts. These lamp units are spaced 100 feet apart for 
a distance of one and one-quarter miles. The staggered 
arrangement was used, the units on one side being 
diagonally opposite the other, thus providing a uniform 
distribution of light. 

Through the efforts of his Honor the Mayor, a reduc- 
tion of the street lighting rates has been obtained, 
resulting in a saving to the City of Boston since Septem- 
ber 1, 1931, when the new rates became effective, of 
about 136,000. In addition, the lighting schedule has 
been increased from 3,828 lighting hours to 4,000 hours. 

Respectfully, 

Joshua Atwood, 

Division Engineer. 

There are in operation 22,796 arc, Mazda and gas 
lamps, divided as follows: 3,718 arc, 9,304 Mazda, 
9,557 single mantle gas lamps and 217 single mantle 
fire alarm gas lamps. 

Lamps Installed. 

Magnetite arc lamps 32 

Mazda lamps 1,182 

Single mantle gas lamps 28 

Single mantle gas lamps (fire alarm) .... 3 



Lamps Discontinued. 
Magnetite are lamps .... 

Mazda lamps 

Single mantle gas lamps .... 



1,245 




988 



On September 1, 1931, the Edison Electric Illuminat- 
ing Company, and on October 1, 1931, the Boston 
Consolidated Gas Company, inaugurated new schedules 
on electric street lighting as shown on page 47. 

* 460 Magnetite arc lamps changed to 1,500 candle power series Mazda. 
9 Magnetite arc lamps changed to 1,475 candle power multiple Mazda. 
1 Magnetite arc lamp changed to 1,000 candle power series Mazda. 



Public Works Department. 



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Lamp Service. — The lamps, poles, wires, fixtures 
and other apparatus, appliances and materials neces- 
sary to supply service on public streets (except posts 
for incandescent lamps smaller than the No. 70 lamp 
or lamp-posts other than the company's standard 
post for each respective size and type of lamp) are 
furnished and maintained by the company. A change 
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charge for a change in the location of an incandescent 
lamp fixture on overhead lines when the street lighting 
circuit is already installed on the pole to which the 
fixture is to be moved, will be ten dollars for each 
fixture so moved. 

Outage Allowance. — A deduction for lamps not lighted 
during the hours called for by the existing street light- 
ing schedule applying thereto will be made at the 
rate of 1 cent per lamp hour on all lamps smaller than 
the No. 70 lamp, and at the rate of 5 cents per lamp 
hour on all other lamps. 



Gas Lamps. 



Number of Lamps 
December 31, 1931. 


Type of Lamp. 


Cost Per Year 
4,000 Hours Burnin?. 


9,557 
217 


Street. 
Fire alarm. 


$24 37 
24 37 


Total 9,774 







Gas Lighting. 

The city furnishes the lamp-posts, the Gas Company 
set the lamp-posts and provide service pipes laid from 
the gas mains to the top of the posts, maintain all such 
pipes and posts in good condition and repair, furnish 
gas, lanterns, burners and all other necessary equip- 
ment including labor for lighting and care. 

The Lighting Service provides for the gas, lighting 
and care of fire alarm signal lamps and the Fire Depart- 
ment for the posts, setting and repairing of same. 

An outage allowance for lamps not lighted is made 
at the rate of two to one, or g^fy of a year's cost for 
each night of outage. 



Public Works Department. 



49 



Street Lamp Outages. 

Rebates for lamps not lighted on schedule time or 
out before the proper time have been received on the 
various monthly bills as follows: 



Date. 



Arc. 



Mazda. 



Gas. 



January, 1931 

February 

March 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August 

September . . . 

October 

November 

December. . . . 



Totals. 



$169 72 

197 17 

167 81 

86 37 

62 11 

50 79 

74 94 

71 80 

80 73 

127 41 

150 42 

136 71 

1,375 98 



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7 04 

10 80 

4 27 
3 43 

98 

5 48 
68 

7 85 
3 76 
3 25 

8 00 

$62 27 



$9 59 

39 09 

14 55 

9 27 

5 94 

2 88 

2 75 

4 35 

5 12 

6 65 

3 29 

4 13 

$107 61 



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Street Openings. 

Under Classes 1 and 2 of the schedule of permit fees, 
permits were issued for openings in public ways, as 
follows : 



To Whom Issued. 



Number of 
Permits. 


Length in 
Feet. 


3,000 
2,569 
2,212 


36,000 
179,830 
110,600 


1,163 
1,155 


29,075 

28,875 


657 
112 


67,671 
16,800 


59 


1,475 



Sewer and Water Services 

Edison Company 

Miscellaneous 

Boston Consolidated Gas Company 

Emergency permits used and returned 

New England Telephone and Telegraph Com 

pany 

Boston Elevated Railway 

Dedham and Hyde Park Gas Company 



10,927 



464,326 



Making a total length of openings approximately 
eighty-seven miles. Total of all permits issued, 17,035. 

Permits for other than street openings have been 
issued as follows: 

Painting and minor repairs 3,627 

Placing signs flat on buildings 831 

Erecting and repairing buildings 563 

Special permits 560 

Erecting and repairing awnings 305 

Emergency permits for raising and lowering safes .... 185 

Cleaning snow from roof 17 

Moving building in streets 10 

Raising and lowering safes 9 

Driving cattle in streets 1 



6,108 



The fees received from these permits amounted to 
S21, 229.93. Of this amount $16,653.93 was deposited 
with the City Collector, and $4,576 was billed to public 
service corporations. 

Bonds. 

There are now on file 3,129 surety bonds, in amount of 
one, three and twenty thousand dollars, covering the 
city against claims for damages, etc., through the use 
of permits. 



Public Works Department. 55 



APPENDIX C. 

REPORT OF THE .DIVISION ENGINEER OF 
THE SANITARY DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1932. 

Mr. Joseph A. Rourke, 

Commissioner of Public Works. 
Dear Sir, — I submit herewith a statement of the 
activities and expenditures of the Sanitary- Division for 
the year ending December 31, 1931. 

The maintenance and expenditures of the Sanitary- 
Division are as follows: 

Sanitary Division .S3,040,994.93 

Personnel Changes. — During the year twenty-six men 
died and twenty-nine men were retired, making a total 
of fifty-five separations. 

Complaints. — The complaint register and form system 
instituted last year has been quite satisfactory, and has 
enabled us to analyze the whole situation. An analysis 
of the 5,014 complaints received at the Complaint Office 
is shown by the following table: 

Complaint Analysis, 1931. Per Cent. 

Xo excuse 3,110 62.0 

Breakdown of vehicle ... 46 0.9 

Special 107 2.1 

Miscellaneous 124 2.5 

Total justified 3,387 67.5 

Not out 182 3.6 

Inaccessible 340 6.7 

Wrong address 83 1.7 

Frozen 88 1.8 

Snow 101 2.0 

Total unjustified 794 15.8 

Total complaints 4,181 

Request for removal of dead animals .... 833 16.7 

Total Central Office complaints and requests . . 5,014 100.0 



56 City Document No. 24. 

Abandoned Automobiles. — ■ The disposal of abandoned 
automobiles is handled in cooperation with the Health 
Department, which, under authority of chapter 185 
of the Acts of 1897, orders the Public Works Department 
to remove automobiles from private land after due notice 
to the owners thereof. A unit charge of $5 per vehicle 
or equivalent is made, but this charge does not include 
a dumping fee, Welfare labor, or overhead. 

As this work was not begun until the end of 1931, no 
cost record or summary of receipts has been available. 

Welfare Men. — The regular use of Welfare men 
began in March, with an assignment of 250 men. At 
the end of the year there were 1,803 individuals em- 
ployed for a total of 2,874 days' labor per week. These 
men were used on ashes and street cleaning, and were of 
considerable assistance in keeping down the number of 
temporary laborers which would otherwise have been 
necessary to employ. 

Medals for Heroism. — On March 7, 1931, his Honor 
the Mayor presented medals from the Society of the 
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the presence of 
Doctor Rowley, for services in saving horses during a 
fire at the West End Yard on February 19, 1931. These 
medals were given to the following employees of the 
Sanitary Division, Humphrey J. McCarron, Lawrence 
McGahan, Edward J. Burns, Robert J. Mason and to 
Samuel Koupchik of the Law Department. 



Yours respectfully. 



A. J. Post, 

Division Engineer. 



Public Wokks Department. 



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Cost of Collection and Disposal of Refuse by Day Labor Force in the City of Boston for the Year Ending December 31, I9JI. 





CHARAfTER OF REFUftK. 




Cost 


PER Ton by DiSTaicrs. 




Cost of Districts. 


Diatricta 

and Popu- 

Ulion. 


Tons 
(2.000 
lbs.). 


Total 
Tons. 


Tr 


Collect. 


ForD 


isposal. 


Total 

Collection 

and Disposal. 


To Collect. 


Total Cost 
to Collect. 


For 
Disposal. 


Total Cost 
of Disposal. 


Total Cost 

ot Collection 

and 

Disposal. 


Total Oist 
per Capita 
Collection 

and 
Disposal. 






42.957 

9.726 

130 


'52.813 


»2 732 
3 173 
10 914 


to 939 
848 
4 407 


S3 671 

3 821 
15 321 


SI 17.382 09 
30.865 62 
1.418 90 




S40,341 02 

8,310 12 

572 96 

S18,930 37 
2,297 91 

S99.174 72 
27.611 36 
10.723 56 




S167.703 11 
37.175 84 
1.991 86 




























S149,646 51 


»47,224 09 






20,152 
3,480 


Av. 


»2 833 
$2 967 
3 214 


Av. 


$0 894 
SO 939 
660 


Av. S3 727 
S3 906 
3 874 


S59.801 27 
11,187 68 


S196,870 60 
S78,731 64 
13,487 57 


S3 270 




















70,988 93 


21,228 28 






106 .867 
42,567 
2.804 

73.158 
13.194 
3.096 




Av. 


*3 004 
tl 981 
2 468 
8 091 


Av. 


SO 898 
SO 939 
648 
3 824 


Av. S3 902 
S2 920 
3 106 
11 915 


S200.207 21 
104.672 06 
31.099 34 


$92,219 21 

S308,381 93 

132,283 40 

41,822 90 


2 998 












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344,978 80 


137,509 83 








Av. 


$2 285 
»3 805 
3 849 
11 672 


Av. 


SO 897 
SO 939 
649 
3 828 


Av. S3 182 
S4 744 

4 498 
16 400 


S278.411 97 
50.793 71 
36.828 14 


S68,718 33 
8,571 68 
11,854 28 


S482,488 23 
347,130 30 
59,386 27 
47,682 42 
S464,177 99 
S231,368 31 
30,278 63 
18,874 70 


3 212 


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365,033 82 


89,144 17 






51,469 
6316 
1.234 


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Av. 


ti 080 
t3 656 
6 044 

11 463 


Av. 


SO 996 
SO 938 
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3 842 


Av. S6 076 
S4 494 

5 696 
16 296 


S183,039 33 
26,813 53 
14,132 99 


S48,328 98 
3,465 10 
4,741 71 


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223,985 86 


68.636 79 








Av. 


S3 852 


Av. 


SO 972 


Av. S4 824 






{280,521 64 


6 081 


383.942 






374.966 


Av. 


»3 211 


Av. 


SO 931 






SI .155,133 71 




S361,141 96 


SI ,506,277 67 


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Other een-icea 

Net amount of appropriation. 



$2,100,163 88 



Details of Collected Refuse in Boston for tl 





Popula- 
tion. 


Class of 
Labor. 


ASHES. 1 






Casts. 


Total. 


Combined 
Totals. 


Average Weight 
PER Cubic Yard. 


Total Weights. 


Grand 

Totals. 


Carts. 


Districts. 


NUMBER OF LOADS. 


AVERAGE CAPACITT. 


city. 


HIRED. 


con- 
tract. 


number of loads. 


averaoi 


I 


Single. 


Double. 


Auto. 


CUBIC YARDS. 


Cubic 
Yards. 


Loads. 


Cubic 
Yards. 


Pounds. 


Tons. 


Single. 


Double. 


Auto. 




1 


Tons. 


Tons. 


Tons. 


Tons. 


cubk 






Auto. 






Single. 


Double. 


Single. 


D 






City 


5,425 




6,561 

6,931 

3,181 

6,096 

5,132 

6,422 

15,8.30 
130 

8,221 
115 

3,819 

1,604 


2.5 




14 

10 

14 

10 

10 

10 

14 
10 

14 
10 

14 

10 


105,417 
75,720 
49.452 
60,960 
51,320 

224,900 

257,758 
1,300 

178,379 
1,150 

126,304 

16,040 


11,986 
8,213 
5,148 
6,096 
9,153 

38,558 


105,417 
75,720 
49,452 
60,960 
97,874 

224,900 


815 

815 

815 

815 

815 

815 

815 
815 

815 
815 

816 

815 


.4075 

.4075 

.4075 

.4075 

.4075 

.4075 

.4075 
.4075 

.4075 
.4075 

.4075 

.4075 


42,957 






42,957 
30,856 
20,152 
24,841 
20,913 
91,647 


1,597 




1,772 

626 

417 

2,314 

1,532 

954 

4,602 
18 

958 


2 








1,282 


5 




30,856 










City 


1,967 


2.5 


20,152 




30 




2 














24,841 
20,913 
91.647 










Contract . 




























32,136 
5,680 




5 
5 








7,415 
572 








/ 


City 


3,095 


2.5 


105,037 




2,768 


2 






i 


City 

Hired .... 


25,314 




2.5 








72,689 








4,475 




2 






1 






33,650 

32,954 

1,604 


179,529 
126,304 
16,040 


469 




73,158 
51,469 
6.536 








City 


29,135 




2.5 




51,469 




3,252 




501 
299 


2 




11. Hyde Park 










6,536 






































64,936 


39.098 


64,042 








1,148,700 


168,076 


1,148,700 






292,304 


999 


174,793 


468,096 


12,122 


7,987 


13,993 























' Note. — That the old town of West Roxbury, included the whole of District 5 and part of District 7 (Jamaica Plain). In report of previous years these two sets of data were included under 



r the Year Ending December 31, 1931. 



GARBAGE. 


WASTE AND RUBBISH. 








Totals. 


Combined 
Totals. 


Average Weight 
PER Cubic Yard. 


Total Weights. 


Grand 
Totals. 


Number 
of Loads. 


Carts. 


totals. 


Wagons. 


Number 
of Loads. 


ACTOS. 


Combined 
Totals. 


Combined 

Totals of 

AsBES, Garbage, 

Waste and 

RtTBBISB. 


AGE CAPACITY. 


CITY. 


HIRED. 


contract. 


AVERAGB WEIGHT. 


Number 
of Loads. 


average weight. 


totals. 


AVERAGE WEIGHT. 


TOTALS. 




Cubic 
Yards. 


Loads. 


Cubic 
Yards. 


Pounds. 


Tons. 


Pounds. 


Tons. 


Tons. 


Pounds 


Tons. 


Tons. 


Pounds. 


Tons. 


Tons. 


Loads. 


Tons. 


Loads. 






Tons. 


Tons. 


Tons. 


Tons. 


Tons. 


Double. 


Auto. 




7i 

10 

14 

10 

10 

10 

14 
10 

14 


16,484 

6,260 

5,898 

23,140 

15,320 

35,493 

71,967 
180 

22,362 


3,369 
626 
447 
2,314 
2,955 
8,369 


16,484 
6,260 
5,898 
23,140 
34,911 
35,493 


1,180 

1,180 

1,180 

1,180 

1.180 

1,180 

1,180 
1,180 

1,180 


.59 

.59 

.59 

.59 

.59 

.59 

.59 
.59 

.59 


9,726 






9,726 
3,693 
3,480 

13.653 
9,039 

20,941 


19 


1,400 


.7 


13 




2,200 


1.1 






4,400 


2.2 




190 


130 


15,374 

8,839 

5,595 

8,410 

6.664 

46,927 

} 34,183 

} 41,818 

37,829 

1,903 


52.696 
34.549 
23,632 
38,494 
29,952 
112,588 






3,693 










3,480 




































13,653 
9,039 
20,941 

































































3 5 




































42,461 
13,194 












426 


2,200 


1.1 


468 


1,062 


4,400 


2.2 


2,336 


1,488 


2,804 




'6,537 
5,433 


52,556 
22,362 


ioe 




42.567 










150,938 






1,330 






931 


842 






926 


563 


4,400 


2.2 


1,239 


2,735 


3,096 










13,194 
5,315 
1,764 














5 
10 


9,009 
2,990 


3,753 
299 


9,009 
2,990 


1,180 
1,180 


.59 
.59 


5,315 














1,122 






1,234 










1,122 


1.234 


58,018 






1,764 






















8,300 










































209,103 


34,102 


209,103 






74,176 


106 


49,0«) 


123,372 


1,349 






944 


2,390 






2.628 


1,625 






3,576 


5,535 


7,264 


207,542 


598,615 

























der the heading of West Roxbury. This year West Roxbury coincides exactly with District 5 and the ranainder is included with District 7 (Roxbury), 



Public Works Department. 



59 



STREET CLEANING AND OILING SERVICE. 



Distribution of Expenditures. 



Removing snow .... 
Flushing streets .... 
Street patrolling .... 
Push-cart patrolling 
Cleaning of paved streets 
Cleaning of macadam streets 
Cleaning public alleys . 
Sanding of shppery streets . 
Cleaning streets by motor machines 
Refuse box collection 

Total 

Oiling of public streets and ways 
Watering of public streets and ways 

Total 



$130,831 47 

23,321 42 

80,771 35 

167,772 11 

249,633 81 

96,341 19 

8,558 67 

3,776 19 

81,785 95 

31,179 59 

$873,971 75 

35,960 66 

2,250 95 

$912,183 36 



60 



City Document No. 24. 



CITY OF BOSTON CHARLES" 
SANITARY DISTRICTS P0P.3i 




FIGURES SHOW ESTIMATED 
MEAN 1931 POPULATION AND 
POP. PER ACRE: ALSO.TOTAL 
WEIGHT OF REFUSE AND COST 
PER CAPITA FOR THE YEAR. 



Public Works Department. 61 



APPENDIX D. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF 
THE SEWER DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1932. 

Mr. Joseph A. Rourke, 

Commissioner of Public Works. 

Dear Sir,- — I submit herewith statement of the 
activities and expenditures of the Sewer Division for 
the year ending December 31, 1931. 

There were built by contractors, day labor and 
private parties, 27.21 miles of sewers and surface drains 
throughout the city. 

After deducting 1.29 miles of sewers and surface 
drains, rebuilt or abandoned, the net increase for 1931 
is 25.92 miles, which, added to the existing 1,096.98 
miles of common sewers and surface drains and 30.93 
miles of intercepting sewers, makes a grand total of 
1,153.83 miles of common and intercepting sewers 
belonging to the City of Boston and under the care of 
the Sewer Division on December 31, 1931. 

There were 657 catch-basins built or rebuilt and 95 
abandoned or removed during the year, making a net 
gain of 562 catch-basins, and a grand total of 20,081 
catch-basins under the care of the Sewer Division on 
December 31, 1931 ; also, 8,841 catch-basins and 140 drop 
inlets w^ere cleaned by contract. 

Three thousand nine hundred twenty-six permits 
were issued for sewerage w^orks and drain laying. 

Entrance fees to the amount of $3,735.14 were 
deposited w^ith the City Collector. 

Plans were furnished the Board of Street Commis- 
sioners for the assessment of estates for 58,350.73 linear 
feet of sewers, costing S365,852.30. 

Reports w^ere made on 2,773 municipal liens to the 
City Collector and orally on 6,000 requests. 



62 City Document No. 24. 

Six hundred and thirty-seven complaints were investi- 
gated. 

Three hundred and fourteen gasolene traps in garages 
and 107 hotels and restaurants were inspected regarding 
grease traps. 

The principal sewerage works recommended for 1932 
are as follows: 

City Proper. 

Extension of Nashua street overflow opposite Lowell 
street; rebuilding of old overflow in Beaver place, the 
Clinton street overflow, and Salem street sewer, near 
Cross street; and sewerage works in Alleys 521, 541 and 
544; those required for Arlington street widening, and 
sewerage works for relief of the Cumberland street 
district. 

ROXBURY. 

Extension of May woods brook conduit in Laurel, 
Ottawa, Sherman and Bower streets to Warren street; 
rebuilding sewerage works in Fellows street and 
Hampden street; Alley 931 across Boylston street, as 
an outlet for Alleys 926 and 930, and reconstruction of 
sewerage works to be built by the Transit Department 
made necessary by the building of the Boylston Street 
Subway extension. 

East Boston. 

Sewerage works in Marginal street, Everett street, 
Havre street and Paris street. 



Brighton. 

Sewerage works for the improvement of the Pratt 
street area; Shepard brook in Everett street, resulting 
from twelve petitions; and extension of Parsons street 
overflow. 

West Roxbury. 

Sewerage works for extension of Roslindale branch 
of Stony brook, between Stellman road and Firth road; 
Stony brook (main channel) to the confluence of Can- 
terbury branch channel; Dent Street brook to Brook 
Farm road; Spring Street brook; and sewerage works 
to satisfy about fifty petitions. 



Public Works Department. 63 

Dorchester. 

Sewerage works for Tenean creek, from Victory road 
to New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad; Daven- 
port brook, from Hallet-Davis street to Milton branch 
of Old Colony Railroad; Coleman street, from Hamilton 
street to Quincy street; Oakland brook from Monterey 
street to Messinger street, and to satisfy petitions for 
drainage. 

Hyde Park, 

Sewerage works for Readville brook. Central avenue 
outlet, Hyde Park branch of Oakland brook, outlet for 
Mariposa street, outlet for Readville car shops area, 
and to satisfy fifteen petitions. 

Sewerage works will be required in all districts of the 
city where street construction and widenings are ordered 
by the Street Commissioners, and for construction of 
new permanent pavements. 

Calf Pasture Pumping Station. 

Remove old No. 4 pump and install a new electri- 
callj^ driven pump; install electrically operated control 
gates in main galleries, and make repairs, installations 
and replacements where necessity demands. 

Union Park Street Pumping Station. 

Install mechanical rakes for screens and construct a 
large pump sump. 

Fen Gate Houses. 
Install new tide-gates and frames in the by-pass. 

MooN Island. 
Make only necessary repairs, installation and replace- 
ments, as occasion may demand. 

Cleaning of Sewer Structures and Catch-Basins. 

Continue the cleaning of sewers and surface drains 
where imperative, and all catch-basins, so that these 
may function properly. 

Yours respectfully, 

George W. Dakin, 
Division Engineer. 



64 



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District. 


Linear Feet 
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Linear Feet 

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Manholes. 


Catch-basins. 


Amount 

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South Boston 


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1,617.10 

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18,249.57 

55,662.17 

35,551.89 

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Charlestown. . . . . 


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Hyde Park 


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89,404 70 


Roxbury 


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City Proper 


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44,356 94 







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January 1, 1931, to December 31, 1931, Inclusive. 



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Catch-basins. 


Manholes. 


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28 
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5,451 57 


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Hyde Park 


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24,261 32 


City Proper 


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156 


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Engineers' salaries, general 

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102,833 35 

$236,627 51 



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Sewer Division. 

Summary of Sewer Construction for Twelve Months Ended 
December 31, 1931. 



Districts. 



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City Proper . . 

Roxbury 

South Boston. 
East Boston.. . 
Charlestown . . 

Brighton 

West Roxbury 
Dorchester. . . . 
Hyde Park. . . . 

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18,249.57 

54,776.52 

35,363.99 

12,160.30 



Linear Feet. 

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11,440.20 

5,116 22 

1,617.10 

236.00 

18,249.57 

55,662.17 

35,551.89 

12,160.30 



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71 



Cost of Pumping at Calf Pasture Pumping Station, January 1, 
1931. to December 31, 1931, Inclusive. 



Items. 


Cost. 


Cost per 

Million Foot 

Gallons. 


Labor 


$84,262 36 

30,544 19 

39,135 9S 

2,225 21 

1,446 22 

6,264 11 

10,725 00 


$0 05761 


Fuel oil, 968.044 gallons * 


0'>08S 


Electric power, Edison. 2.887,470 K. W. hours * 

Oils and waste 


.02675 
00158 


Rubber valves and packing 


00099 


Miscellaneous renewals and supplies 


00428 


Cleaning wells 


00733 






Totals 


$174,603 07 
8,659 68 


$0 1194'^ 


Labor at screens 


0059'' 






Grand totals 


$183,262 75 


$0 12534 







*This includes all power for auxiliaries and lighting. 



72 



City Document No. 24, 



APPENDIX F. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
WATER DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1932. 

To the Commissioner of Public Works: 

The following report of the operation, income and 
expenditures of the Water Division for the year ending 
December 31, 1931, is respectfully submitted: 

During the year, 7.5 miles of pipe, varying in size 
from 8-inch to 16-inch, was laid for extension, and is an 
increase over the length laid in 1930 of 4.2 miles. In 
districts the pipe lengths were: 



City proper 
South Boston 
Dorchester 
West Roxbury 
Brighton 



. 2 miles 

. 7 miles 

2 . 1 miles 

3 . 8 miles 

. 7 miles 



Preliminary to the permanent pavement of Northern 
avenue, 2,700 linear feet of 16-inch pipe was laid be- 
tween the Commonwealth Pier and Sleeper street, to 
reinforce the High Service system in the South Boston 
district. 

Continuing the policy of replacing the older and 
smaller mains with larger sizes for the improvement of 
the fire protection in the more densely populated section 
of the city, 14,585 linear feet or 2.8 miles of 4-inch and 
6-inch mains, laid fifty years or more, were replaced 
with 8-inch and 12-inch pipe. Some of the longer 
lengths were: 

City Proper. 

Parkman street, between North Anderson and North 
Russell streets, 451 linear feet of 6-inch relaid with 
8-inch pipe. 

Braddock park, between Columbus avenue and the 



Public Works Department. 73 

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, 459 linear 
feet of 6-inch relaid with 8-inch pipe. 

Creek square, between Blackstone and Marshall 
streets, 350 linear feet 4-inch and 6-inch with 6-inch 
pipe. 

ROXBURY. 

Clifton street, between Rockford and Dudley streets, 
1,900 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 12-inch pipe. 

Regent street, between Warren and Dale streets, 
1,920 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 12-inch pipe. 

Dorchester. 

Westglow street, between Train and Frost streets, 
669 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 12-inch pipe. 

Olney street, between Bowdoin and Richfield streets, 
468 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 12-inch pipe. 

Wilrose street, between Westwood street and Puritan 
avenue, 491 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 10-inch pipe. 

Frederika street, between Minot street and Gallivan 
Boulevard, 475 linear feet 6- inch relaid with 8-inch pipe. 

Chipman street, between Torrey and Norfolk streets, 
629 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 8-inch pipe. 

Moody street, between Torrey street and Dunbar 
avenue, 360 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 8-inch pipe. 

Oakwood street, between Torrey and Norfolk streets, 
652 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 12-inch pipe. 

Wentworth street, between Torrey and Norfolk streets, 
362 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 8-inch pipe. 

Washington street, between Torrey and Norfolk 
streets, 668 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 8-inch pipe. 

South Boston. 

West Third street, between B and Dorchester streets, 
2,925 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 12-inch pipe. 

Preble street, between Dorchester and Old Colony 
avenues, 1,683 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 12-inch pipe. 

East Boston. 

Webster street, between Orleans and Cottage streets, 
675 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 10-inch pipe. 

Applications for service pipes show a decrease in the 
building operations — total number of applications 
received for the year 1,009, as against 1,078 in 1930. 

Of the total number of services installed, 824 were 



74 City Document No. 24. 

f-inch, 139 were from 1 inch to 6 inches in size, and 46 
were for fire pipes to furnish sprinkler protection. 

The regular work of the Distribution Branch, con- 
sisting of leak repairs, installation of service pipes, 
earing for complaints, shutting off and letting on of 
water, etc., was performed in such manner and at such 
periods as to cause a minimum of delay and incon- 
venience to applicants for water, water takers and the 
general public. Practically all activities in the business 
district are now done on Sundays and holidays. 

Complying with the Legislative Act of 1907, relative 
to metering water service pipes, there was set on old 
services in existence previous to 1907, 57 meters, and 
on new pipes, 849 meters, making a total of 905 meters 
set during the year. The 57 old service pipes developed 
during the year on a survey of all premises, despite the 
assumption that all existing service pipes had been 
metered at the end of 1929. Total number of meters in 
the system at the end of the year was 100,508. In 
addition to the installation of meters on service pipes, 
7,847 meters were changed and reset after overhauling 
in the meter shop, and 3,096 meters were repaired in 
service. The tampering with meters in various sections 
of the City grew so numerous that steps were taken to 
seal all new meters installed in addition to a systematic 
sealing of existing meters. 

Collections from all purposes in the Water Division 
were $4,870,939.16. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. J. Carven, 

Division Engineer. 



Public Works Department. 



75 



Financial Transactions. 





193L 


K even lies: 








$4,769,011 83 






101,927 S.T 






514,999 00 






$5,385,938 16 


Expenditures from Revenue: 






$1,679,667 56 






2 819,696 61 




Refunded water rates 


824 45 






80,460 13 




Transferred to appropriation for extension of water mains .... 


34,654 65 




Transferred to appropriation for High Pressure Fire Service, 


275,000 00 






4,890,303 40 




$495,634 76 


Expenditures on Debt Account: 








$20,165 00 
16 000 00 










34.000 00 






70,165 00 








$425,469 76 








Loan Account: 








$538,000 00 






50,000 00 








Debt end of year (all serial bonds) 


$488,000 00 


Construction Account: 








* $37,335 00 




Appropriation, High Pressure Fire Service, extension of 


275,000 00 


$312,335 00 


Expended from appropriation, extension of water mains 


$37,335 00 


Expended from appropriation. High Pressure Pire Service, 


227,992 10 






265,327 10 






Balance unexpended, end of vear 


$47,007 90 








Total New Construction: 




From revenue, extension of mains 


$281,414 27 




From revenue, extension of water mains 


34,654 65 
227,992 10 




From revenue. High Pressure Fire Service, extension of 




From loans, extension of water mains 


7,458 83 






$551,519 85 











' $34,654.65 transferred to this appropriation from income. 



76 



City Document No. 24. 

Financial Transactions. — Concluded. 



I93I. 



Cost of construction end of year. . . . 

Cost of construction first of year . . . 

Increase in plant cost during year. 



Cost of Construction and Condition of Water Debt: 

Cost of construction December 31 , 1931 

Cost of construction December 31 , 1930 



Increase during the year 

Outstanding loans December 31, 1930. 
Outstanding loans December 31, 1931 . 



S24,733,749 65 
24,182,229 80 



$22,443,601 63 
22,120,073 88 



$538,000 00 
488,000 00 



Decrease during the year 

Cost of Existing Works December 31, 1931 : 

Pipe yards and buildings 

Engineering expenses 

Distribution system (addition during the year $323,527.75) *. 
Hyde Park Water Works 



$94,832 16 

57,873 58 

21,822,895 89 

468,000 00 



High Pressure Fire Service (additions during the year 
$227,992.10) 



$551,519 85 



523,527 75 



$50,000 00 



$22,443,601 63 



$2,290,148 02 



* Includes $90,244.78 expended for High Pressure Fire Service in the years 1925, 1926 and 1931. 



Public Works Department. 



/ / 



Income Branch. 

Statement of Each Year's Water Rates, 1912 to 1931, as of December 31, 1931. 



Year. 


Assessments. 


Abatements. 


Collections. 


Outstanding. 


1912 


$3,001,771 87 
3,004,331 .^)2 
3.034,88.5 83 
2,960,797 4.3 
3,130.590 o3 
3,120,878 86 

3.359.714 95 
3,210,147 91 
3,503,677 88 
3,615.663 51 

3.612.715 51 
3,817.642 72 
3.8.32.531 26 
3.875.434 21 
3.910,119 54 
3.979.098 85 
4.418,027 32 
5,016.804 74 
4,863,621 13 
4,744,335 69 


$58,369 39 
50,147 90 
64.653 01 
57.782 09 
67,771 69 
77,353 75 

162,415 52 
95,812 76 

123, .509 90 
90,946 23 
90,453 27 
77,449 02 
43,663 01 
39,033 02 
44,332 09 
42,680 65 
36.843 98 
40.269 10 
26,573 99 
14,601 25 


$2,943,402 48 
2,954,183 62 
2,970,232 82 
2,903,015 36 
3,062,818 84 
3,043,.325 11 
3.197.299 43 
3.114.335 15 
3..380.167 98 
3.524.717 28 
3.522.262 24 
3.740.193 70 
3.783.288 62 
3.828.918 17 
3.857.721 63 
3.911.922 68 
4.366.031 46 
4,926,834 09 
4,649,674 51 
3,173,903 22 




1913 




1914 




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1916 




1917 




1918 




1919 




1920 




1921 




1922 . 




1923 




1924 


$5,579 63 


1925 


7,483 02 


1926 


8.065 82 


1927 


24.495 52 


1928 


15.151 88 


1929 


49.701 55 


1930 


187.372 63 


1931 


1,555,831 22 







City Document No. 24. 



Meter Branch. 

Table No, 1. Statement of Work During Year 1931. 







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68 

209 


344 
60 

205 

54 

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5 
3 
6 


3,676 

989 

1,384 

1,438 


5,096 

779 

1,507 

18 


9,352 
1,836 
3,296 
1,510 


4,460 

850 

1,747 

1 


573 

94 

255 

223 

188 

87 

22 

13 

51 

5 

20 

2 
15 


177 




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73 
42 
134 
16 
47 
10 
18 


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2 
3 

182 
54 

178 

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329 
78 

267 

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42 

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1 

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905 


692 


7,847 


7,847 


16.873 


7,613 


3,096 


273 







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79 



Table No. 2. 

Meters in Sendee December 31, 1931. 





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Totals. 




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2 


3 


4 


6 


8 


10 


12 














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52 

7 

36 

5 

241 


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101 

22 

12 

29 

1 

70 


56 

16 

15 

2 

8 


34 


23 


5 


161 




46,375 

344 

159 

263 

8,457 

22,980 

6,180 

967 

981 

279 

259 

168 

91 


3,161 
270 
4 
356 
18 
967 
279 


1,588 

152 

6 

95 

29 

1,047 

2 


836 

127 

2 

94 

24 

712 

21 


368 
143 

12 
109 

62 
428 

25 


52,593 










1,125 


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2 


2 




208 




990 










8,596 


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26,445 










6,507 
















967 




418 
106 

279 
158 




















1,399 




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20 


15 




4 










473 












603 


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328 


















91 










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13 








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87,503 


6,016 


3,029 


1,840 


1,162 


493 


287 


112 


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81 



Table No. 2. 

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East Boston (public) 

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Long Island (private) 

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Total number (private and 
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430 

5 

104 

1 

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33 



40 

1 

16 

1 

133 



367 
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259 



130 



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9 

635 
9 

176 



347 

3 

212 



437 



2,618 



456 

8 

56 

'37 

224 

1 

1,051 



213 

9 

284 



288 

4 

174 

15 

972 

15 

19 

3 

6 

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9 



278 



364 



656 

2 

118 



254 



184 



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131 



3,295 
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82 City Document No. 24. 



WATERWORKS STATISTICS — CITY OF BOSTON. 

For the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1931. 
Distribution. 

Mains. 
Kind of pipe: Cast iron, wrought iron. 
Size : 2-inch to 48-inch. 
Extended, miles, 7.32. 
Size enlarged, miles, 3.38. 
Total miles now in use, 958.66. 
Public hydrants added, 100. 
PubUc hydrants now in use, 11,010. 
Stop gates added, 208. 
Stop gates now in use, 15,075. 
Stop gates smaller than 4-inch, 32. 
Number of blow-offs, 797. 
Range of pressure on mains, 30 to 90 pounds. 

Service. 
Kind of pipe and size: Lead and lead lined, §-inch to 2-inch; cast iron 

2-inch to 16-inch; wrought iron and cement Hned, f-inch to 2-inch; 

brass and copper, f-inch to 2|-inch. 
Service taps added, 1,009. 
Total service taps now in use as per metered service, 100,508. 



Public Works Department. 83 



APPENDIX F. 



REPORT OF THE BOSTON AND CAMBRIDGE 
BRIDGE COMMISSION. 



Boston, January 2, 1932. 

To the Honorable the Mayor. 

Sir, — As Commissioner for the City of Boston, I 
respectfully submit herewith the annual report of the 
Boston and Cambridge Bridge Commission for the 
year ending December 31, 1931. 

The commission is composed of two members, one 
appointed by the Mayor of the City of Boston and the 
other by the Mayor of the City of Cambridge, under 
provisions of chapter 467, Acts of 1898. 

The commission has charge of the maintenance of the 
following-named bridges between Boston and Cambridge: 

Cottage Farm, Longfellow and Prison Point. 

The commission maintained the following bridges up 
to July 9, 1931 ; on which date they were taken over by 
the Metropolitan District Commission, under chapter 
423, Acts of 1931: 

Anderson, River Street-Cambridge Street and 
Western Avenue. 

As there is no separate appropriation made for the 
City of Boston's portion of the expenses of this com- 
mission, the same is taken from the appropriation for 
the Bridge and Ferry Division, Bridge Service. The 
amount expended during the fiscal year ending December 
31, 1931, was $10,238.78. 

BRIDGES, REPAIRS, ETC. 
Longfellow Bridge. 

A contract was awarded to Quinn Brothers, approved 
November 4, 1930, for furnishing and installing cables 
and lights on this bridge. The work was completed 



84 City Document No. 24. 

June 1, 1931, and three payments were made to the 
contractor, amounting to $2,605.63. There is still 
due the contractor the sum of $459.82. The sum of 
$4.88 was expended under this contract in 1930 for 
advertising. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. A. ROURKE, 

Commissioner for the City of Boston. 



Public Works Department. 



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