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CITY OF BOSTON 



PRINTING DEPARTMENT 



[Document 24 — 1949.] 




ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 

FOR THE 
YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1948. 



Boston, January 2, 1949. 

Hon. James M. Curley, 
Mayor of Boston. 

Dear Mr. Mayor: 

I respectfully submit the following report relating 
to the activities of the Public Works Department 
for the year ending December 31, 1948. 

During the current year, there was available in the 
Highway Division for street and sidewalk construction 
purposes approximately $3,820,000. 

Sixty-seven street construction contracts were 
awarded, which included 218 streets in various parts 
of the city. Forty-one of these streets were accepted 
by the Board of Street Commissioners and ordered 
constructed, and 134 existing streets were included 
for reconstruction, and sidewalks were built on 43 
streets. 

In 1947 the department adopted a plan of laying a 
seal coat surface on existing roadways to prolong their 
life, and this method has proved to be very satisfactory. 
During the present year, 366,000 square yards of 
roadway surfaces throughout the city were treated in 
this manner. 

The final section of Columbus avenue, from North- 
ampton street to Arlington street, has been completed, 




2 City Document No. 24. 

with a center divisional island, and with narrow side- 
walks, thus providing more roadway area for this 
important expressway leading from Park square in 
downtown Boston to Egleston square in Jamaica Plain. 
Washington street, from Stuart street to Cornhill, 
was resurfaced over week ends, to avoid the serious 
interference with heavy traffic which exists on week 
ends. Among the other main arteries which carry 
heavy traffic and which were rebuilt are the following: 

Beacon street, from Park street to Charles street, and from 
Raleigh street to Brookline avenue; this latter section being 
in the Kenmore square area. 

Charles street, from Beacon street to Boylston street. 

Roxbury street, from Shawmut avenue to Columbus 
avenue. 

Dorchester avenue, from West Broadway to the bridge 
over Fort Point Channel; a noteworthy part of this work 
was the elimination of the bottleneck which existed at this 
point and which has been a source of diflficulty for many 
years. The situation was corrected by making a widening 
at Dorchester avenue and Macallen street, which now per- 
mits outbound traffic to enter Dorchester avenue with ease 
and without congestion. 

North Beacon street, from Cambridge street to the 
Watertown line. 

River street, from Hyde Park avenue, at Cleary square, 
to the Dedham line. 

Huntington avenue, from Dartmouth street to Massa- 
chusetts avenue. The reconstruction of Huntington avenue, 
from Ruggles street to Longwood avenue, was also com- 
pleted, and the work included widening the Metropolitan 
Transit Authority platform area at Teachers College for 
the convenience of persons boarding or leaving streetcars 
at that point. 

Preliminary to the extension of Somerset street, from 
Howard street to Cambridge street, a contract was awarded 
for demolishing the buildings on the site of the proposed 
improvement. Our program for next year will include the 
reconstruction of Somerset street, including this recently 
ordered extension. 

Another improvement which will be undertaken next 
year is the construction of a widening on the easterly side 
of Dorchester avenue, from West Broadway to West Fourth 
street. The buildings now on the site are being removed. 
This ^\^ll aid further the movement of vehicular traffic on 
^ Dorchester avenue. 

Awaiting construction at this time are 25 streets 
for which orders have been received from the Board 



Public Works Department. 3 

of Street Commissioners. These streets will be included 
in the program for 1949, together with such other 
streets as will be subsequently laid out by that Board. 

During the year 1949, we propose to reconstruct the 
roadways in Brighton avenue, from Commonwealth 
avenue to Cambridge street, and in Blue Hill avenue, 
in Dorchester, from Seaver street to Columbia road. 
This latter work will complete the rebuilding of Blue 
Hill avenue, which was started some years ago and, 
when completed, a double-barreled roadway will be 
provided in Blue Hill avenue, from Washington street, 
at Grove Hall, to Mattapan square. 

The introduction of the trackless trolley system 
by the Metropolitan Transit Authority in Roxbury 
and Dorchester will allow for the reconstruction of 
streets in these sections upon which the streetcar 
lines are now operated. The program for the coming 
year includes the reconstruction of Dudley street, 
Warren street, Humboldt avenue, and Blue Hill avenue, 
in Roxbury; and Talbot avenue, Washington street, 
Geneva avenue, Columbia road, Boston street, Hancock 
street, Bowdoin street, and Dorchester avenue, in 
Dorchester. Many of these streets are urgently in 
need of attention. 

This department has started on the work of re- 
placing gas lamps with electric lamps, where service 
for such lamps is available. Nine hundred and thirty- 
two lamps have already been converted in the districts 
now served by gas street lighting, as follows : 

Dorchester 326 West Roxbury 302 

Roxbury 100 Brighton 197 

Jamaica Plain 7 

This work of changing over from gas to electric 
lamps will be continued during the coming year, in 
accordance with surveys now being conducted by the 
department and the Boston Edison Company. 

During the year 1948, the Public Works Depart- 
ment did considerable maintenance work on bridges 
throughout the city which are under its jurisdiction. 
Complete rebuilding will be necessary on some of the 
city bridges. Plans have been prepared for the re- 
building of the Meridian Street Bridge, over the Chelsea 
River, between East Boston and Chelsea, at an esti- 
mated cost of $2,200,000. 



4 City Document No. 24. 

Plans are now in the process of being prepared for 
rebuilding the Warren Bridge, over the Charles River, 
adjoining the North Station. The estimated cost of 
this work is $3,000,000. 

Many of the city bridges need attention. Extensive 
jobs must be done on some of these structures, and on 
others general repairs will be required to the surfaces 
and to the steel work, including painting. 

Broadway Bridge, over Fort Point Channel, should 
be rebuilt, as well as the Blakemore Street Bridge and 
the Walworth Street Bridge, both in West Roxburj^ 
over the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, 
and we hope to be able to include this work in our 
program for the coming year. 

While the receipts from the operation of the ferry- 
boats are getting less and less each year, there is still 
a necessity for keeping the boats and the plant in 
operating condition. This year the ferryboat "Charles 
C. Donoghue" required major repairs. The boat was 
dry-docked, and the hull was cleaned, repaired, and 
painted, and when that work was completed a contract 
was awarded for repairing the propelling machinery 
and the superstructure of the boat. 

The other two boats now in service, namelv, the 
"Ralph J. Palumbo" and the "Daniel A. McCormack," 
will require considerable attention during the coming 
year, and it will also be necessary to make repairs to 
the ferry-drops, piers, etc. Provision will be made in 
our budget estimates to do this work in the coming year. 

At the Sumner Tunnel a very necessary job was 
done during the year — the replacement of old and 
defective cables. Extensive repairs were made to the 
tunnel roadway where settlements had occurred. 

The program of work which must be done in the 
tunnel in 1949 includes the installation of a new water 
supply for fire protection purposes. 

From present indications, it appears that the rev- 
enue of the Water Division of this department will 
be close to $1,000,000 in excess of the expenditures. 
The Water Division has not reduced its efforts to bring 
in all possible revenue from the sale of water. 

Although the shortage of pipe and meters curtailed 
to a certain extent the amount of work done by the 
Water Division during the current year, much of its 
activities were devoted to providing water service for 
the various housing projects throughout the city. 



Public Works Department. 5 

During this year, the Sewer Division of the depart- 
ment constructed 3 miles of pipe surface drains and 
117 catch basins, in advance of street construction. 
More than 2^ miles of sanitary sewers and surface 
drains were built for the purpose of prqviding drainage 
for new buildings. New building development now 
under way will require drainage facilities which will 
be constructed next year, and there will be a large 
amount of sewer work to be done in streets prior to 
their construction. A program of work to bfe done by 
the Sewer Division next year calls for an expenditure 
of 1800,000. 

Plans for the sewage treatment plant to be erected 
in the vicinity of the Calf Pasture Pumping Station, 
in Dorchester, are practically completed. This modern 
method of sewage disposal is vitally necessary to elimi- 
nate the disagreeable and unsanitary conditions existing, 
caused by the discharge of raw sewage into the waters 
of Boston Harbor. 

Proposals have been received for the so-called Muddy 
River improvement by which a covered channel will 
be constructed and the open flow of water eliminated. 
This work is necessary as part of the plan for the con- 
struction of much needed traffic facilities in the vicinity 
of Brookline avenue, Boylston street, and Park Drive. 

On the first of last January, the contract system for 
the collection and removal of garbage and ashes was 
extended to include the Roxbury district. With the 
coming of the new year, it is proposed to abolish the 
day labor collections in the North and West Ends, 
and to have the work done hereafter in these sections 
by contract. The employees who will be affected by 
the change in method will be assigned to other duties, 
particularly street cleaning. 

In the spring of the current year a concentrated 
street cleaning drive was conducted by the department 
to correct the conditions which existed following the 
severe winter. The cost of the supplementary labor 
and equipment hired for the purpose was $80,000, and 
the results accomplished indicated that the money was 
well spent. In addition, 200 temporary laborers were 
obtained from the Civil Service list to assist the city 
forces in the work of street cleaning. 

The so-called "Dempster Dumpsters, " large refuse 
containers, which, when filled, become part of a mobile 
unit and are hauled to a disposal station, have proved 



6 City Document No. 24. 

very valuable in the market district and in the South 
End section, where unsanitary conditions existed before 
their installation. 

Buildings and other parts of the general plant of the 
department have been improved during the year. Par- 
ticularly worthy of mention is the completion of a 
garage at the Water Division yard on Albany street. 
Some very essential repairs were made to the refuse 
receiving stations which have hard usage because of 
the heavy trucks which deliver their loads at these 
points. 

For some time, the various city departments having 
jurisdiction over pushcart peddlers who assemble in the 
market district for selling fruits and vegetables on 
Saturday nights, have been endeavoring to ease the 
situation which exists in the market district. Arrange- 
ments were made for extending into the lower end of 
Blackstone street the area which these peddlers may 
occupy, and so as to provide proper illumination the 
Boston Edison Company, upon order from this depart- 
ment, has installed three 1,000 candle power lamps. 
This arrangement has worked out in a very satisfactory 
manner. 

There has been inaugurated in this department a 
requirement that all motor vehicles be inspected at 
periodic intervals. This requirement is adhered to 
strictly, with the result that repairs and adjustments 
are made when required, and the equipment is kept in 
first-class operating condition. In this way, repairs to 
the equipment are kept at a minimum, and unless a 
major job must be done, it is seldom that trucks and 
other equipment are out of service for any long period 
because of repairs which become necessary. 

The department has continued to modernize its 
equipment. Among the larger items procured during 
the year with the funds available in the motor vehicle 
loan were the following: 

Highway Division: 
3 snow loaders 

5 snow fighters 
2 tractors 

6 two-ton dump trucks 
20 snow plows 

1 highway mower 

1 compressor 

1 compression testing machine for testing cement 



Public Woeks Department. 7 

Sanitary Division: 

20 two-ton dump trucks 
13 one and a half ton dump trucks 
10 Dempster-Dumpster bodies 
1 patrol sweeper 

Water Division: 
4 derrick trucks 

1 pick-up truck 

Sewer Division: 

6 catch basin cleaning machines 

Sumner Tunnel: 

2 jeeps 

1 motor driven street sweeper 

Bridge Service: 

2 trucks 

On the 15th of June this department disposed of, 
at public auction, an area of land situated on Milton 
and River streets in the Town of Dedham, comprising 
a little more than 11^ acres. This land was acquired 
by the City of Boston when Hyde Park was annexed, 
it being a part of the Hyde Park water supply. It 
was never used for any municipal purpose since it was 
acquired by the City of Boston, and with the approval 
of your Honor and the subsequent approval of the City 
Council, arrangements were made for its sale. 

Pursuant to Executive Order dated July 6, 1948, 
the Workmen's Compensation Service of the Public 
Works Department was expanded to carry out the 
provisions of the law relating to injured employees 
of the City of Boston or the County of Suffolk. Dr. 
George H. Schwartz was appointed medical director 
in full charge of this newly created service. The staff 
which was set up includes, besides the medical director, 
a compensation agent, a nurse, an investigator, and 
clerical assistants. The duties of the medical director 
include : 

1. Examination of all injured employees who come with- 
in the scope of the Workmen's Compensation Law, with 
immediate arrangements for placing the injured employee 
on the compensation payroll. 

2. Examination of all new employees (permanent and 
temporary) of the City of Boston and County of Suffolk. 
X-ray examination of all new employees is also required. 



is City Document No. 24. 

3. Appearance before the Industrial Accident Board in 
all disputed claims. 

4. Reference of injured employees to consultants who 
are specialists in their field. 

5. Examination of all employees returning to work 
after being on the compensation rolls. 

6. After thorough investigation by the Workmen's 
Compensation Agent, the Medical Director and the Com- 
pensation Agent decide if compensation is to be paid and 
medical bills assumed. 

This law now places all employees of the City of 
Boston and County of Siiffolk, regardless of the nature 
of their work — except uniformed members of the 
Police and Fire Departments — under the scope of 
the Workmen's Compensation Law. Heretofore, this 
law applied only to laborers, workmen, and mechanics, 
which totaled about 3,500 employees. Under the new 
setup, there are about 18,000 employees who are entitled 
to the benefits of this act. 

Offices, including a fully-equipped dispensary, have 
been established on the seventh floor of City Hall 
Annex, and a physician and a nurse are there on duty 
from 9 A.M. to 5 p.m. daily, to treat emergency cases, 
as well as to treat and examine injured or sick employees. 
It is frequently found that men injured during the 
course of their employment are unable to continue 
at their previous occupation. In order to rehabilitate 
them, this service has received excellent cooperation 
from the heads of the various departments in placing 
these individuals in positions where they can be re- 
habilitated as soon as possible. Since January 1 of 
1948, approximately 1,100 accidents were reported 
to this office. An average of 40 cases are on the com- 
pensation rolls weekly. Approximately 35 new em- 
ployees in all departments, whether for permanent or 
temporary work, are examined each week. With the 
facilities in the dispensary for baking and surgical 
care, there is ample evidence that there will be a material 
saving to the city in the treatment and care administered 
to injured employees. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Robert P. Curley, 
Commissioner of Public Works. 



Public Works Department. 



9 



The records of the department show that there are 
now 2,451 persons ehgible for employment in the several 
divisions, and of that number 2,420 were upon the 
January, 1949, payrolls. 



Grade and Number of Employees. 





Services. 


Title. 


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o 


11 

r 


CO 


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02 


a 
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a 
a 

3 

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3 

o 

Eh 




1 


















1 




1 

16 


1 

30 


1 




1 
9 






1 

5 
1 
1 


5 


Assistant engineers (civil) 








59 














1 






12 
5 


12 






2 

1 






27 


Rodmen 












6 


Blueprinters 




3 












3 


Superintendents 




2 










1 


1 


4 


Chief supervisor 






1 








1 


Supervisors 




2 
1 

13 
1 

63 




1 


1 








4 


General foremen 




1 
8 
2 
18 








1 
6 

1 
15 
1 
2 
1 
53 
1 
2 
1 


3 


Foremen 




16 


14 


1 




1 


59 


Chief inspectors 




4 


Inspectors-subforemen 


1 
1 


46 


30 


4 






178 


Executive secretaries 


2 


Chief clerks, 


23 


1 

1 
11 


2 










6 


Executive clerks 






1 
3 






4 




9 


6 


1 
1 


1 


8 


115 


Telephone operators 


2 


Cashiers and assistants 












1 
1 


2 


5 


Storekeepers 














2 


Medical director 














1 


Cement tester and assistant 




1 














1 


Captains 












4 
3 

8 






4 




















3 


Deckhands 


















g 


Dispatcher 




1 
1 














1 






1 












2 


4 












4 




4 
























13 


143 


90 


72 


47 


23 


22 


13 


94 


517 





10 City Document No. 24. 

Grade and Number of Employees.' — Concluded. 





Services. 


Title. 


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s 
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02 


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13 


143 
8 


90 
6 
4 
7 
4 


72 


47 


23 


22 
4 

4 

8 

15 


13 


94 


517 




18 
















8 


















15 














31 

4 




50 














4 








5 










5 




















36 














162 

1 






162 








2 








17 




20 


Motor equipment maintenance 






1 
4 
3 
13 
3 
2 




1 






1 

21 

5 

4 


4 
1 
3 






2 


.... 




12 










28 
















20 








12 


2 




24 










2 








3 




2 
2 


4 
1 


2 




31 






5 
14 
15 


7 




15 










14 












1 






.... 


16 












1 

1 


.... 




141 








1 
25 

4 
3 








2 


















25 


Catch-basin cleaning machine op- 


















4 






3 


3 












8 












3 






5 

4 

58 

5 

189 














5 






25 

2 

37 


5 

58 

159 
1 
2 


24 

90 

1 

384 










33 






5 
3 

7 


6 


13 
1 
9 


39 

1 
89 


288 






13 






880 






1 






4 


4 


2 
25 


1 






3 
9 


16 










34 




















Totals 


13 


484 


230 


333 


574 


219 


70 


90 


438 


2,451 







Public Works Department. 



11 



Number of Employees Actually Employed January 1, 1948, and 
January I, 1949. 













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81 


11 


180 


63 


399 


470 


370 


546 


230 


88 


13 


216 


68 


430 


479 


328 


570 


228 



January 1, 1948 
January 1, 1949 

January 1, 1948 
January 1, 1949 



2,350 
2,420 



Total Eligible Force. 



91 


12 


191 


69 


412 


476 


372 


547 


233 


90 


13 


219 


70 


438 


484 


333 


574 


230 



2,403 
2,451 



Appointments, Transfers, Resignations, Retirements, Deaths, Etc., of 

Employees. 



5 


1 


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1 

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13 


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03 


Services. 
1948-1949. 


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4 
4 
14 
10 
12 
9 
16 










12 
191 

69 
476 
372 
547 
233 
412 

91 


Central OflSce 


13 
219 

70 
484 
333 
574 
230 
438 

90 


1 
2 

11 

9 

32 

1 
2 










1 




1 


3 








35 


1 




1 
1 

1 
7 

2 


5 

1 
1 
1 

1 


5 


7 


5 
4 
11 
2 
2 
1 


2 

36 
15 


2 

3 

10 


8 
1 
15 
6 
9 
1 


Paving 


29 


8 




12 


7 




57 






12 


4 


2 
3 


5 


Water 


59 




T'ihtipI , , , 


4 
















S7 


69 


26 


58 


21 


43 


2,403 


Totals 


2,451 


58 


12 


9 


213 









12 



City Document No. 24. 



MAINTENANCE APPROPRIATIONS AND 
EXPENDITURES. 



Division or Service. 



Total Appropriations, 
Including Transfers. 



Expenditures. 



Unexpended 
Balance. 



Central Office . . . . 
Workmen's Compensation, 

Establishment of 
Bridge Service 
Ferry Service . 
Tunnel Service 
Lighting Service 
Paving Service 
Sanitary Division 
Sewer Division 
Water Division 



$44,103 16 

18,000 00 

675,705 96 

295,345 09 

453,212 67 

1,115,580 56 

1,298,781 00 

4,697,026 60 

662,111 89 

2,086,516 61 



$43,118 48 

9,097 27 

664,680 31 

276,756 15 

428,733 58 

1,115,580 56 

1,279,307 77 

4,652,926 43 

650,169 15 

1,987,232 46 



$984 68 

8,902 73 
11,025 65 
18,588 94 
24,479 09 
00 
19,473 23 
44,100 17 
11,942 74 
99,284 15 



Totals 



1,346,383 54 



$11,107,602 16 



$238,781 38 



Expenditures from Special Appropriations, Etc. 

Bridges, Construction of (non-revenue) .... $43,592 00 

Bridges, Repairs, etc. (revenue) 132,742 44 

Ferry Improvements, etc. (revenue) 55,433 50 

Reconstruction of Streets (revenue) 347,200 97 

Sidewalks, Construction of (revenue) .... 47,232 80 

Public Ways, Construction of (revenue) .... 182,607 43 

Public Ways, Construction of (non-revenue) . . . 1,948,283 19 

Snow Removal 1,649,131 36 

Sewerage Works (non-revenue) 709,337 48 



Total 



5,115,561 17 



Public Works Department. 13 

REVENUE. 

On Account of Public Works Department. 



Central Office: 
Sale of plans, etc $1,550 00 



Bridge Service: 

Chelsea South Bridge . 
Rents . . . . 
Meridian Street Bridge 
Chelsea North Bridge . 
Broadway Bridge . 
Charlestown Bridge 



$887 85 


3,282 


50 


11,661 


75 


15,234 


74 


789 46 


90,831 


43 



Ferry Service: 
Tolls .... 
Rents .... 
Cleaning telephone booths 
Commission on telephones 
Sale of boat . 



Sumner Tunnel: 
Tolls $1,776,655 00 



$1,550 00 



122,687 73 



$13,442 86 

135 00 

24 00 

17 03 

5 55 



Lighting Service: 
Damage to posts $52 98 



13,624 44 
1,776,655 00 
52 98 



Paving Service: 

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

Assessments added to taxes . . $2,091 99 

Assessments paid in advance . . 86 14 

Unapportioned 127 50 

Permits 34,463 13 

Sale of materials, etc 1,477 00 

Labor and materials furnished ... 33 60 

Junk 367 26 

Rent 445 00 

Damage to property 321 14 

Sewer Service: 

Disposal of sewage $19,233 00 

Labor and materials furnished ... 169 32 

Entrance fees 3,686 98 

Junk 93 45 

Rent 110 00 

Refunds 28 50 



39,412 76 



23,321 25 



Sanitary Service: 

Collection of commercial waste . . . $14,554 00 

Sale of junk 100 16 

14,654 16 

Carried forward $1,991,958 32 



l^ City Document No. 24. 

BrougUforv^rd $1,991,958 32 

^^I'te'Sr Mf,|12 48 

Water added to taxes . . • • • 15»,/^i ^" 

Service pipes for new takers, extending, ^^^ ^^ 

repairing, etc ' 44 80 

Fees on overdue rates ofiic; in 

Sale of junk, etc ^'^^^ J" 

Damage to property q fiq» f^ti 

Labor and materials 78 ifi^ q^ 

Deposit account 9^0 8^ 

Installing gates, etc. ...••• ioq%7 

Elevator and fire pipe connections . . ^5 OO 

Miscellaneous income ^ oli, <^\ 

Guarantee of bond ^'^^^ ^^ 

Refund 4j52,492 94 

Grandtotal ^^^ 



PART II. 

APPENDICES. 



(15) 



16 City Document No. 24. 



APPENDIX A. 



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



Boston, January 2, 1949. 

To the 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, 1948. The appropriations and expenditures for 
the division were as follows: 

Bridge Service. 

Regular appropriation, 1948 $658,705 96 

Transfers to 17,000 00 

$675,705 96 
Expenditures, 1948 664,680 31 

Unexpended balance, December 31, 1948 . $11,025 65 

Bridges, Repairs, Etc. 

Balance from 1947 $69,309 56 

Appropriation, 1948 200,000 00 

$269,309 56 
Transfers from 17,000 00 

$252,309 56 
Expenditures, 1948 132,742 44 

Unexpended balance, December 31, 1948 . $119,567 12 

Bridges, Construction of. 

Balance from 1947 $2,433,590 95 

Expenditures, 1948 43,592 00 

Unexpended balance, December 31, 1948 . $2,389,998 95 



Public Works Department. 17 

Departmental Equipment, Non-Revenue, Bridge Service, 
Marine Equipment. 

Balance from 1947 $8,839 25 

Transfers from 8,026 25 



Unexpended balance, December 31, 1948 . $813 00 

Ferry Service. 

Regular appropriation, 1948 $295,345 09 

Expenditures, 1948 276,756 15 

Unexpended balance, December 30, 1948 . $18,588 94 

Ferry Improvements, Etc. 

Balance from 1947 $55,957 25 

Appropriation, 1948 00 00 

Total amount available $55,957 25 

Expenditures, 1948 55,433 50 

Unexpended balance, December 31, 1948 . $523 75 

Sumner Tunnel. 

Regular appropriation, 1948 $453,212 67 

Expenditures, 1948 428,733 58 



Unexpended balance, December 31, 1948 . $24,479 09 

The foregoing does not include certain expenditures 
for construction work for other divisions, which work 
was supervised by the engineers of this division. 

In an order from the Department of Public Utilities, 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, schedules of tolls 
and charges for the use of the Sumner Traffic Tunnel, 
between Boston Proper and East Boston, were ap- 
proved, covering the year 1948. 

The city has been operating only one ferry, the so- 
called "South Ferry," since early in 1933, with the 
Boston terminus at Eastern avenue and the East 
Boston terminus at Lewis street. 

The more important works undertaken during the 
past year in the Bridge and Ferry Division, were clean- 
ing and painting Albany Street Bridge; furnishing and 
installing new high pressure air compressor at Charles- 
town Bridge; resurfacing Cummins Highway Bridge; 
steel repairs to JNIassachusetts Avenue Bridge, over 
Boston and Albany Railroad; cleaning and painting 



18 City Document No. 24. 

Old Harbor Village Footbridge; redecking Reservation 
Road Bridge; repairs to pile bents and roadway of 
Warren Bridge; repairs to roadway of Warren Bridge; 
furnishing and installing traffic signal flashers and 
reflectors on various bridges; cleaning and painting 
hull of ferryboat "Charles C. Donoghue"; general 
repairs to ferryboat ''Charles C. Donoghue"; machinery 
repairs on North Drop, South Ferry (East Boston 
side); machinery repairs on South Drop, South Ferry 
(East Boston side); resurfacing the snow dump wharf, 
North Ferry; strengthening southerly pier of gallows 
frame foundation. South Ferry, Boston side; repairs 
to control and telephone cables, Sumner Tunnel; water- 
proofing two exterior walls of the East Boston Vent 
Building, Sumner Tunnel; repairing pavement, Sumner 
Tunnel; cleaning exhaust duct and exhaust fan room 
at the Sumner Tunnel; repairing Ward Street Receiv- 
ing Station, Sanitary Division. 

Bridge Service. 

Cleaning and Painting the Albany Street Bridge, over 

the Boston & Albany Railroad. 

A contract was entered into with Charles A. Reynolds 
for cleaning and painting the steelwork above the floor 
line, including the railings. Work was commenced in 
October, 1948, and was completed in December, 1948, 
at a cost of $2,286. 

Furnishing and Installing a New High Pressure Air 
Compressor at the Charlestown Bridge. 

It became necessary to replace the old compressor 
which had been in service since 1900. 

A contract was entered into with the Gustave Preston 
Company for furnishing and installing a late type com- 
pressor. Work was commenced in October, 1948, and 
was completed in November, 1948, at a cost of $2,435. 

Resurfacing Cummins Highway Bridge, over the New 
York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. 

This bridge is owned and maintained by the railroad 
company, the city being responsible for the underdeck 
and wearing surface. The railroad made necessary 
steel repairs and renewed the wooden stringers. A 



Public Works Department. 19 

contract was entered into with the Martin J. Kelly 
Company, Inc., for removing and renewing the side- 
walks and underdeck and placing a sheet asphalt wear- 
ing surface in the roadway. The work was started in 
August, 1948, and completed in December, 1948, at a 
cost of $8,101.46. 

Repairing Fender Piers at Chelsea Bridge North. 

Due to damage to the center and Chelsea piers by 
boats over the past few years it became necessary to 
make repairs. A contract was entered into with W. H. 
Ellis & Son Company in 1947, and work started in 
March, 1948, and was completed July, 1948, at a cost 
of S28,810.03. 

Steel Repairs to the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, over 
the Boston & Albany Railroad. 

The steelwork of the bridge was so badly deteriorated 
that it became necessary to make extensive repairs to 
the floor beams, stringers, stiffeners, etc., as well as 
putting a new cover plate on the bottom flanges of all 
girders. A contract was entered into with Frederick 
W. Byron for this work. Work commenced in Septem- 
ber, 1948, and is expected to be completed early in 1949. 
No payments were made on this work in 1948. 

Cleaning and Painting the Old Harbor Footbridge. 

A contract was entered into with Nicholas Bello for 
cleaning and painting the steelwork, concrete ra,mps, 
and railings. Work commenced in October, 1948, and 
was completed in November, 1948, at a cost of $1,485. 

Redecking Reservation Road Bridge, over the New York, 
New Haven & Hartford Railroad. 

This bridge is owned and maintained by the railroad 
company, the city being responsible for the underplank 
and wearing surface. Because the railroad company 
found it necessary to make extensive steel repairs and 
to replace the wooden stringers, the city entered into 
a contract with Rev-Lyn Contracting Company for 
removing and replacing the planking and wearing sur- 
face. Work was commenced in June, 1948, and was 
completed in August, 1948, at cost of $11,147.75. The 



20 City Document No. 24. 

old 3-inch tongue and groove plank and wood block 
wearing surface was replaced with 4-inch tongue and 
groove plank and sheet asphalt wearing surface. 

Warren Bridge, over the Charles River. 

In order to maintain traffic on this bridge it has 
become necessary to have a continuance of small repairs 
and patching practically at all times. A contract was 
entered into with Fred G. Wallace Company, Inc., 
for repairs to pile bents and roadway. Work was com- 
menced in June, 1948, and was completed in September, 
1948, at a cost of $30,166.40. Another contract was 
entered into with M. Rufo Company for repairs to 
roadway of Warren Bridge. Work was commenced in 
October, 1948, and was completed in December, 1948, 
at a cost of $9,836.52. 

Furnishing New Tail Truck at Warren Bridge. 

A contract was entered into for furnishing a spare 
tail truck at Warren Bridge with the Martin J. Kelly 
Company, Inc. Work commenced in January, 1948, 
and the truck was delivered in April, 1948, at a cost 
of $4,700. 

Renewing High Curbs on the Chelsea Bridge South and 
Maiden Bridges. 

A contract was entered into with the John F. Shea 
Company, Inc., for replacing the present wooden high 
curbs with precast reinforced concrete curbs in 1947. 
Work started in November, 1947, and was completed 
in March, 1948, at a cost of $3,755.92. 

Furnishing and Installing Traffic Signal Flashers and 
Reflectors on Various Bridges. 

In the hope of reducing the number of accidents 
occurring at bridges with roadway obstructions, the 
city entered into a contract with the Eagle Signal Cor- 
poration for furnishing and placing electric flashers on 
stands or standard poles and standard reflectors at all 
bridges where the obstructions existed. Work was 
commenced in October, 1948, and will be completed 
early in 1949. The estimated cost is $43,939. 



Public Works Department. 21 

Renewing High Curbs on Various Bridges. 

A contract was entered into with the John F. Shea 
Company, Inc., for replacing the present wooden high 
curbs with precast reinforced concrete curbs in 1947. 
Work was commenced in November, 1947, and was 
completed in May, 1948, at a cost of $6,827.72. 

Resurfacing Various Bridges. 

A contract was entered into with the John F. Shea 
Company, Inc., for repairs to and resurfacing of various 
bridges in 1947. Work commenced in September, 1947, 
and was completed in June, 1948, at a cost of $27,522.85. 

Building Spar Floats for Various Bridges. 

A contract was entered into with the Rev-Lyn Con- 
tracting Company for building eight spar floats for 
various bridges. Work was commenced in November, 
1947, and was completed on March 1, 1948, at a cost 
of $7,144. 

Building the Old Colony Avenue Stairway. 

A contract was entered into with the West End Iron 
Works in 1947 for a new steel stairway from Columbia 
road down to Old Colony avenue. Work was com- 
menced in July, 1947, and was completed in July, 1948, 
at a cost of $9,524.40. 

Maintenance Force. 

The Maintenance Force patched and replaced deck 
sheathing, headers, and sidewalk planking on various 
bridges; repaired platforms, refastened treads, cleaned 
and painted drawhouses; made repairs to drawhouses 
and controller houses; added to and deducted from 
counterweights; repaired steps; removed snow and ice 
from bridges and sanded same; repaired piers; painted 
fences and gates; did general carpenter work and paint- 
ing; made mechanical repairs, etc.; repaired wood-block 
paving; repaired and rebuilt gates on various bridges; 
repaired floats; built and repaired sand boxes, rebuilt 
coalbins at various bridges; repaired boats; set glass at 
various drawhouses; made miscellaneous small repairs 
at various bridges, etc. 



22 



City Document No. 24. 



The Maintenance Force cleaned the bridge sidewalks 
and steps in the intown area of snow and refuse during 
the year. 

Electrical and machinery maintenance was taken 
care of by the electrician and machinists. 

Miscellaneous. 

Another duty of the division during the winter 
months was the supervising and inspecting of snow 
loading and removal in common with other divisions 
of the department. This work was done under contract. 

In the course of the year part of the activities of 
the office force was taken up in work for other divisions 
of the department. These efforts, spread over the 
entire year, did not require a considerable amount of 
time, the work being mostly of an advisory and in- 
vestigating nature. 



Ferry Service. 
The following ferryboats are in commission: 



Name. 


When 
Built. 


Length. 


Gross 
Tons. 


Charles C. Donoghue 

Daniel A. MacCormack .... 
Ralph J. Palumbo 


1926 
1926 
1930 


174 feet, 4 inches 
174 feet, 4 inches 
174 feet, 4 inches 


756.77 
756.77 
779 



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

The work of this service for the year consisted of 
the following: 

Machinery Repairs, South Ferry, East Boston Side. 

Due to mechanical failure of the bearings supporting 
the worn gears of the ferry drop machinery it became 
necessary to overhaul and repair both of the motor 
winch assemblies at the East Boston side. A contract 
was entered into with the C. & R. Construction Com- 
pany for machinery repairs on North Drop, South Ferry, 
.East Boston side, at a cost of $3,475. 

A similar contract was entered into with the C. & R. 
Construction Company for machinery repairs on South 
Drop, South Ferry, East Boston side, at a cost of $3,850. 



Public Works Department. 23 

Cleaning and Painting Hull of Ferryboat 
"Charles C. Donoghue." 

A contract was entered into with the Bethlehem 
Steel Company for drydocking, cleaning, and painting 
the hull of the ferryboat "Charles C. Donoghue, " 
including repairs to rivets, stern bearings, rudders, 
etc., as directed. Work was completed on June 23, 1948, 
at a cost of $8,529.50. 

General Repairs to Ferryboat "Charles C. Donoghue.'' 

A contract was entered into with the Quincy Dry 
Dock and Yacht Corporation for general repairs to 
the superstructure and machinery of the ferryboat 
"Charles C. Donoghue." Work was completed on 
August 30, 1948, at a cost of $42,875.75. 

Strengthening Southerly Pier of Gallows Frame 
Foundation, South Ferry, Boston Side. 

Due to the disintegration of the concrete around the 
pile tops of the southerly pier, it was necessary to make 
extensive repairs. A contract was entered into with 
the James B. Rendle Company, to drive a wooden 
cofferdam around the pile foundation, break out the 
disintegrated concrete and place new concrete inside 
the cofferdam from the ground to elevation plus 2.00. 
Work was commenced on November 22, 1948, and will 
be completed early in 1949. No payment has been 
made during 1948. 

Painting Steel Floor System of the South Ferry Bridges, 
East Boston Side. 

A contract to clean and paint below the floor line 
was entered into October, 1947, and was completed on 
January 9, 1949, by the National Painting Company, 
at a cost of $1,470.50. 

Department Force. 

During the year machinists, carpenters, painters, 
riggers and other mechanics, who are included in the 
personnel of the Ferry Service, made all repairs possible 
to the plant to the extent of equipment at their disposal. 
This work consisted mainly of minor repairs to the 
machinery on the boats, repairs to ferry-bridge machin- 
ery, ferry-bridge roadways and headhouse repairs in 
general. 



24 City Document No. 24. 

Tunnel Service. 

Repairing the Pavement of the Sumner Tunnel. 

A contract was entered into with the Hancock Con- 
struction Company for repairing depressions, etc., in 
the roadway of the tunnel. Work was commenced 
on December 6, 1948, and was completed on December 
21, 1948, at a cost of $8,442.50. 

Waterproofing Two Exterior Walls of the East Boston 
Ventilating Building at the Sumner Tunnel. 

Due to constant weeping through the northerly and 
easterly walls of the Ventilating Building it was neces- 
sary to enter into a contract with A. Belanger & Sons, 
Inc., to attempt to remedy this condition by pointing 
where necessary and covering the brick work with a 
waterproofing compound. Work commenced on Sep- 
tember 7, 1948, and was completed on September 15, 
1948, at a cost of $2,471. 

Repairs to the Control and Telephone Cables at the 
Sumner Tunnel. 

A contract was entered into with the D. A. Robbins 
Electric Company for removing the present and pulling 
in new telephone and control cables, including cleaning 
and painting the splicing and pulling chambers, covers, 
etc. The cables were furnished by the city. Work 
commenced in June and was completed on November 
1, 1948, at a cost of $17,148. 

Clearing Exhaust Duct and Exhaust Fan Rooms at 
Sumner Tunnel. 

A contract was entered into with Patrick Ross 
Company for cleaning the exhaust duct and exhaust 
rooms at the Sumner Tunnel. Work commenced on 
November 5, 1948, and was completed on November 
29, 1948, at a cost of $3,066. 

Summary of Work During 194-8. 

1. Personnel. 

During the year of 1948, the following changes were made in 
the personnel of the Tunnel: 

1 Chauffeur-Laborer, transferred. 

1 Tollman-Guard, transferred. 

2 Electrician-Operators, appointed. 



Public Works Department. 25 

2. Vehicular Traffic. 

1944. 1945. 1946. 1947. 1948. 

Total 6,449,934 7,223,762 8,432,721 8,748,162 8,784,545 

Monthly Average 536,500 601,980 702,727 729,014 729,545 

Weekly Average 124,000 138,918 162,168 168,234 168,356 

Daily Average 17,600 19,791 23,103 23,968 23,920 

3. Power. 

The Boston Edison Company supplies the electric power at 
13,800 volts. This voltage is transformed to 2,300 volts and 115-120 
volts for the operation of fans, pumps, heat, lighting, etc. 

1944. 1945. 1946. 1947. 1948. 

Total Kilowatts 3,104,104 4,097,633 5,809,371 5,133,526 5,173,596 

No. of Vehicles 6,449,934 7,223,762 8,432,721 8,748,162 8,784,545 

4. Garage Service. 

1944. 1945. 1946. 1947. 1948. 

Tow Jobs 185 291 327 321 358 

5. Booth Red Signal. 

1944. 1945. 1946. 1947. 1948. 

Booth Red On 5 7 5 4 21 

Total Duration 56 min. 155 min. 57 min. 51 min. 146 min. 

6. Fires. 

There were no fires in the tunnel in 1948. 

7. Motors, Fans, and Dampers. 

All of the 28 fan motors have been overhauled, cleaned, and 
adjusted. 

New contacts have been installed on motor controllers as required 
and relays adjusted for proper operation. 

All damper motors were cleaned and are operating efficiently. 

8. Relays, Transformers, Circuit Breakers, Etc. 

All relays were adjusted and tested for best operation. Oil in 
transformers was tested for acidity and new oil was added as required. 

9. Toll Equipment. 

All key boxes were inspected and overhauled and repairs were 
made as required. 

Routine msulation tests of cables were made and pressure tests 
on treadles indicate that the treadles are in good condition. 

The toll registers are under constant supervision and are operating 
properly. 

10. Carbon Monoxide Equipment. 

The four Micro-Max recorders are under periodic inspection and 
are in good operating condition. 

All carbon monoxide analyzers have been overhauled and ad- 
justed as required. 

11. Pumps. 

New foot valves were installed in the harbor pump room and 
various changes to piping and valves were made to improve the 
operation of this equipment. Similar changes were made in the two 
portal pump rooms. All motors were overhauled and painted. 

12. Storage Batteries. 

The storage batteries located in the ventilation buildings and 
used for emergency lighting are under constant supervision and 
maintenance and are in excellent working condition. 



26 City Document No. 24. 

13. Traffic Signals. 

During the past year, damaged traffic signals were repaired or 
replaced. Broken glass and new fresnel lenses were installed as 
required. Replacement of relays and contacts in traffic signal relay 
cabinets were made as required. 

14. Motor Generators. 

The four D. C. motor generator sets are in excellent operating 
condition. These machines are under a regular maintenance 
schedule, whereby any repairs to brushes, commutators and con- 
trols are taken care of by the maintenance group. 

15. Telephone System. 

All relays, cords and jacks on the main switchboard, located in 
the Boston Ventilation Building, have been adjusted, repaired, and 
replaced as required. All handsets and instruments throughout 
the tunnel are in good operating condition. 

16. Tunnel General. 

During the past year, the tunnel purchased one Willys-Overland 
jeep, complete with enclosed cab and snowplow. 

Repairs were made to several sections of sidewalks, at the Boston 
Ventilation Building, Administration Building, and on other loca- 
tions on the plazas and at toll booths. 

Specifications were written and a contract was awarded for the 
repairs to the outer walls of the East Boston Ventilation Building. 
This work consisted of pointing, caulking, and waterproofing the 
north and east walls of this building. 

A new set of storage batteries (60 cells) was installed in the East 
Boston Ventilation Building to replace the original batteries that 
were installed in 1934. 

Specifications were written, advertised, and a contract was awarded 
to replace 4,300 feet of 259-conductor control cable and 6,200 feet 
of telephone cable. This work was performed and completed be- 
tween the hours of 12.30 a.m. and 5 a.m., with no interference to 
vehicular traffic. 

A 600-pair communication cable was installed in the tunnel by 
the New England Telephone Company for its own private use. 
The length of this cable is about 6,200 feet. 

Nine hundred and eighty-seven square yards of granite block 
paving were relaid during the year. 



Miscellaneous Work. 

Resurfacing the Snow Dump Wharf at North 
Ferry, Boston. 
A contract was entered into with the Rev-Lyn Con- 
tracting Company for removing the old 2-inch spruce 
wearing surface and replacing with new. Work was 
commenced on October 4, 1948, and completed on Nov- 
ember 12, 1948, at a cost of $4,444. 

Meridian Street Bridge. 
Plans and specifications for a proposed new $2,000,000 
Meridian Street Bridge have been practically completed 
at an estimated cost of $82,600 under a contract with 



Public Works Department. 27 

the Charles Maguire Associates. This division has col- 
laborated with this concern in this work and checked 
the plans and specifications during their preparation. 

Warren Bridge. 

Plans and specifications for a proposed S2, 500, 000 
Warren Bridge are now being prepared under a contract 
with the Crandall Engineering Company at an estimated 
cost of $94,500. This division is working in conjunction 
with this concern in the preparation of the plans and 
specifications. 

Snow Rernoval. 

This division was placed in charge of snow areas 
No. 6, South End, and No. 12, Roslindale and West 
Roxbury. Snow was removed under a contract with 
the C. & R. Construction Company for area No. 12 
at a cost of $14,993.09. Snow was removed in area No. 6 
under a contract with the Ward General Contracting 
Company at a cost of $22,008.12. 

Miscellaneous Works for Other Divisions. 
Sanitary Division. 
Repairs to Ward Street Receiving Station. 
Plans and specifications were prepared for this work 
by this division for the Sanitary Division, A contract 
was entered into with Joseph Botti & Son at an esti- 
mated cost of $4,970. Inspection and payments were 
made by the Sanitary Division. 



Obituary. 

On January 2, 1948, Mr. Rudolph J. Thanisch, Principal 
Assistant Engineer in the Bridge and Ferry Division of this 
department, died after a brief illness. 

Born in Boston in 1881, Mr. Thanisch attended the Boston 
public schools and graduated from Harvard University in 1904, 
in the class of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He 
entered the employ of the city in 1907 as a draftsman in the 
Transit Department. In 1909 he was transferred to the Sewer 
Division as an assistant engineer, and in 1914 entered the 
Bridge Service in the same capacity and continued in the 
Bridge Service until his untimely death. He served as Acting 
Division Engineer on many different occasions for approximately 
16 years prior to his death. 



28 City Document No. 24. 

Mr. Thanisch was a man of great ability; thoroughly con- 
versant with the engineering problems of this division and 
was often consulted by other departments on matters afifecting 
them. 

In the passing of Mr. Thanisch the city lost a faithful and 
earnest aide and those who knew and worked with him mourn 
the loss of a gentleman and a friend. 



Yours respectfully, 



John DeMeulenaer, 

Division Engineer. 



Public Works Department. 29 



BRIDGE SERVICE. 



Financial Statement for 1948. 
Total Expenditures. 

From Maintenance Appropriation . . , $664,680 31 
From Special Appropriations .... 176,334 44 

$841,014 75 



Expenditures on Boston Bridges. 

Administration. 

Division engineer $3,250 26 

Engineers and draughtsmen .... 37,029 73 

Clerks 6,945 12 

Supervisor 3,512 73 

Foreman 3,159 30 

Inspectors 6,298 76 

Pensions 8,080 76 

Injured employees 124 84 

$68,401 50 

Office. 

Printing, postage and stationery .... $1,626 20 

Engineers' instruments, new and repaired . 437 68 

Inspection of typewriters and adding machines . 55 88 

Binding 33 00 

Supplies and miscellaneous 24 38 

2,172 14 

$70,573 64 

Yard and Stockroom. 

Yard. 

Clerks, watchman and yardman .... $11,279 17 

Holidays, vacations and sick leave . . . 5,257 31 

Traveling expenses 197 55 

Tools, new and repaired 1,162 25 

Telephone 247 10 

Repairs in yard 588 76 

Supplies 407 93 

Expense of autos, trucks, and compressors . 6,538 64 

$25,678 71 

Stockroom. 

Stock purchased $22,682 48 

Stock used 18,591 72 

Increase in stock 4,090 76 

$29,769 47 



30 



City Document No. 24. 

Tidewater Bridges, 1948. 



Bridges. 



Drawtenders 
Salaries. 



Mechanics 
Wages. 



Material. 



Repair 
Bills. 



Supplies and 
Miscel- 
laneous. 



Total. 



Broadway 

Charlestown 

Chelsea North . . . 

Chelsea South 

Chelsea Street . . . 
Congress Street. 

Dover Street 

L Street* 

Maiden , 

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

Totals 



$25,709 95 
47,488 29 
33,977 29 
31,088 82 
32,348 73 
31,496 24 
26,510 13 
32,438 11 
33,664 49 
33,099 49 
33,605 05 
31,947 97 
32,954 32 



$3053 92 
6,023 38 
2,986 64 
3,938 64 
2,415 91 
1,805 91 
2,093 02 
4,572 22 
1,825 58 
2,758 93 
4,609 80 
2,149 98 
9,917 10 



$2,189 80 

2,582 72 

1,073 89 

1,848 93 

2,004 71 

321 01 

1.221 74 
511 68 
477 53 

1,099 93 

1,058 32 

1.222 42 
4,103 95 



$240 38 

3,324 43 

3,049 59 

914 42 

1,428 22 

197 92 

1,704 85 

595 96 

2,359 81 

4,836 42 

7,448 80 

1,522 91 

5,827 52 



$657 60 

1,051 69 

1,432 20 

917 95 

749 52 

704 46 

625 25 

544 54 

1,041 83 

828 17 

3,283 43 

669 65 

835 16 



$31,851 65 
60,470 51 
42,519 61 
38,708 76 
38,957 09 
34,525 54 
32,144 99 
38,662 51 
39,369 24 
46,622 94 
50,005 40 
37,512 93 
53,638 05 



$426,328 88 



$48,151 03 



$19,716 63 



$33,451 23 



$13,341 45 



$540,989 22 



* Now Summer Street, over Reserved Channel. 



Repairs on Inland Bridges. 



Bridges. 



Labor 

and 

Material. 



Albany Street, over Boston & Albany Railroad 

AUston 

Arlington Street 

Babson Street 

Boylston Street 

Bennington Street 

Broadway, over New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad 

Broadway, over Foundry street 

Braddock Park 

Byron Street 

Camden Street — Gainsborough Street 

Cummins Highway (Mattapan) 

Cummins Highway (Roslindale) 

Dana Avenue 

Dartmouth Street (rent) 

Everett Street 

Fairmount Avenue 

Gove Street (foot) 

Harvard Street 

Jones Avenue 

Massachusetts Avenue, over New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad 

Milton Lower Mills 

Mystic Avenue 

Neptune Road 

Norfolk Street 

Old Harbor Village Footway 

Perkins Street (foot) 

Redfield Street 

Carried forward 



$25 00 

299 36 
158 83 
101 00 

1,289 01 

1,386 90 

362 75 

56 55 

335 02 

819 20 

348 10 

1,520 05 

227 30 

234 86 

300 00 
627 65 
267 04 
742 40 

20 43 
365 45 

93 45 
379 07 
230 13 
513 10 
147 91 

25 00 
537 62 
337 69 



$11,750 87 



Public Works Department. 

Repairs on Inland Bridges. — Concluded. 



31 



Bridges. 



Labor 

and 

Material. 



Brought foi ward 

Reservoir Road 

Saratoga Street 

Southampton Street 

Sprague Street 

Summer Street, over A street . . 
Summer Street, over B street . . 

Toll Gate Way 

Tremont Street 

Walworth Street 

West Fourth Street 

West Newton Street 

Western Avenue to Watertown 

Winthrop 

Snow and sanding 

Other services 

Total 



$11,750 87 

26 50 
105 15 

24 83 
108 40 

42 47 
774 00 
332 54 
379 28 
180 50 
2,113 25 
182 11 

88 80 

960 53 

5,533 98 

746 77 



$23,349 98 



SUMMARY. 

Administration $70,573 64 

Yard and stockroom 29,769 47 

Tidewater bridges 540,989 22 

Inland bridges 23,349 98 

Total $664,680 31 



32 



City Document No. 24. 



SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS. 
Bridges, Repairs, Etc. 



Albany Street Bridge, over Boston & Albany 
Railroad : 
Charles A. Reynolds, painting . . . $1,943 10 
Advertising 5 65 

$1,948 75 

Allston Bridge: 

John F. Shea Company, Inc., resurfacing . . . 2,666 03 

Babson Street Bridge: 

John F. Shea Company, Inc., resurfacing . . . 3,257 87 

Broadway Bridge: 

New spar float $893 00 

Renew high curbs 2,468 64 

3,361 64 

Broadway Bridge, over Boston & Albany 

Railroad : 

John F. Shea Company, Inc., resurfacing . . . 156 22 

Broadway Bridge, over New York, New Haven 
& Hartford Railroad: 

Repairs to steelwork 1,996 78 

Charlestown Bridge: 

Gustavo Preston Company, new air com- 
pressor $2,069 75 

New spar float 893 00 

2,962 75 

Charlesgate West Bridge, over Ipswich Street: 

J. A. Singarella Company 1,373 63 

Chelsea North Bridge: 

W. H. Ellis & Son Company . . . $28,810 03 

New spar float 893 00 

New shaft assembly 992 50 

30,695 53 

Chelsea South Bridge: 

New spar float $893 00 

Stearns, Perry & Smith Company . . 138 75 

1,031 75 

Chelsea Street Bridge: 

Eastern Painting Company . . . $2,212 50 
New high curbs 1,189 44 

3,401 94 

Congress Street Bridge: 

New spar float $893 00 

New lamp posts 1,186 69 

2,079 69 

Dana Avenue Bridge: 

John F. Shea Company, Inc., resurfacing . . . 1,109 27 

Carried forward $56,041 85 



Public Works Department. 



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Brought forward 

Dover Street Bridge: 
New spar float 
Renew high curbs 



Maiden Bridge: 

Renew high curbs 

Stearns, Perry & Smith Company 

Meridian Street Bridge: 

New spar float .... 
Stearns, Perry & Smith Company 



Old Colony Avenue Stairway: 
West End Iron Works 

Old Harbor Village Footway: 
Nicholas Bell, painting 



Reservoir Road Bridge: 

Rev-Lyn Contracting Company 



Southampton Street Bridge : 

John F. Shea Company, Inc., resurfacing 

Summer Street Bridge, over Fort Point Channel: 
Stearns, Perry & Smith Company . 



Summer Street Bridge, over Reserved Channel : 

New spar float 

Renew high curbs 

Summer Street Bridge, over A Street: 

Renew high curbs 



Warren Bridge: 

A. Orlando, Inc. . 

Martin J. Kelly Company, Inc. 

Fred J. Wallace Company, Inc. 

M. Rufo Company 

Repairs to draw foundation 



West Fourth Street Bridge: 

John F. Shea Company, Inc., resurfacing 
Renew high curbs 



$893 00 
523 72 


$2,566 49 
10 95 


$893 00 
156 75 



$893 00 
2,707 70 



$1,814 42 
4,700 00 

30,166 40 
7,411 73 
1,980 95 



$2,307 60 
834 76 



556,041 85 

1,416 72 

2,577 44 

1,049 75 
5,559 15 

1,485 00 

11,147 75 

127 22 

228 11 



3,600 70 
292 90 



Total 



46,073 50 

3,142 36 
$132,742 44 



Bridges, Construction of 

Warren Bridge: 

The Crandall Engineering Company 



$43,592 00 



34 



City Document No. 24. 



SUMMARY. 

Expenditures from Special Appropriations. 





Balances 
from 
1947. 


Total Credits, 
Including 
Balances 

Carried Over 
and Transfers. 


Expended 

During Year 

1948. 


Balance 

Unexpended 

December 31, 

1948. 


Bridges, repairs, etc 

Bridges, construction of . . 

Departmental equip- 
ment, bridge service, 
marine equipment*. . . 


$69,309 56 
2,433,590 95 

8,839 25 


$252,309 56 
2,433,590 95 

813 00 


$132,742 44 
43,592 00 


$119,567 12 
2,389,998 95 

813 00 


Totals 


$2,511,739 76 


$2,686,713 51 


$176,334 44 


$2,510,379 07 







* $8,026.25 transferred from. 



Public Works Department. 



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City Document No. 24. 



FERRY SERVICE. 



Financial Statement for the Year Ending 
December 31, 1948. 

Toll Receipts for 1948. 

Total cash receipts during the year $13,562 75 

Cash in hands of tollmen at beginning of year 60 00 

Cash paid over to City Collector 13,562 75 

Cash in hands of tollmen, December 31, 1948 60 00 

Breakdown of Toll Receipts for 1948. 

From foot passengers $3,181 30 

From vehicles 10,381 45 





From Foot 
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From 
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Totals. 


Boston side 


$1,573 04 
1,608 26 


$4,967 75 
5,413 70 


$6,540 79 


East Boston side 


7,021 96 






Totals 


$3,181 30 


$10,381 45 


$13,562 75 







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TO December 31, 1948, Inclusive. 

Foot passengers at 1 cent 318,130 

Hand cart or wheelbarrow and men 5 cents 4,154 

Horse and rider 5 cents — 

Horse and cattle, each with attendant 5 cents — 

One- or two-horse vehicle with driver 5 cents 3,864 

Motorcycle with driver 5 cents — 

Trailer 10 cents — 

Three- or four-horse vehicle with driver 10 cents — 

Passenger automobile with driver and one passenger. . . 10 cents 77,314 
Passenger automobile with driver and more than one 

passenger 15 cents 1,117 

Motor truck, six tons or less, with driver 15 cents 10,184 

Motor truck over six tons, with driver 20 cents 2,770 

Auto bus wath driver 20 cents — 

Auto bus with driver and passengers 30 cents — 

Free vehicles 91 



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City Document No. 24. 



SUMNER TRAFFIC TUNNEL. 

Toll Classifications. 

Class 1. $0.20 Truck not in excess of 2 tons capacity. Tractor with- 
out trailer. 

Class 2. 0.20 Passenger car. 

Class 3. 0.20 Motorcycle. 

Class 4. 0.25 Truck over 2 tons and up to 5 tons capacity. Tractor 
with trailer over 2 tons and up to 5 tons capacity. 

Class 5. 0.20 Passenger car with trailer. 

Class 6. 0.35 Truck over 5 tons and up to 10 tons capacity. Tractor 
with trailer over 5 tons and up to 10 tons capacity. 

Class 7. 0.20 Tractor with trailer not in excess of 2 tons capacity. 

Class 8. 1.00 Truck over 10 tons capacity. Tractor with trailer over 
10 tons capacity. 

Class 9. 0.35 Bus with or without passengers. 



SUMNER TRAFFIC TUNNEL. 

Comparison of Receipts, Expenditures, Interest and Sinking Fund Requirements, 

1944 to 1948, Inclusive. 





1944. 


1945. 


1946. 


1947. 


1948. 




$260,220 64 

836,411 25 

273,024 00 

* 136,627 61 


$288,390 83 

6,293 00 

831,540 00 

265,107 00 


$334,345 71 
14,256 34 
831,207 50 
§ 


$395,060 35 

11,850 05 

875,673 75 

§ 
12 80 


$428,733 68 




4,298 18 




836,876 25 


Sinking fund requirements 


§ 




$1,506,283 50 


$1,391,330 83 


$1,179,809 55 


$1,282,586 95 


$1,269,908 01 








$1,288,090 00 
14 38 


$1,455,246 18 


$1,709,491 00 
6.293 00 


$1,758,149 30 
14,256 34 


$1,776,655 00 


Balance from previous year 


11,850 05 




$1,288,104 38 


$1,455,246 18 


$1,715,784 00 


$1,772,405 64 


$1,788,505 05 






Net result 


t $218,179 12 


t $63,915 35 


t $535,974 45 


t $489,818 69 


t $518,597 04 







* Excess Primary Sinking Fund Requirement paid to Board of Commissioners of Sinking Funds. 

t Deficit. t Excess. § None required. II Refunded tolls. 



Public Works Department. 



39 



SUMNER TRAFFIC TUNNEL. 
Comparative Traffic Count. 



1944. 



1945. 



1946. 



1947. 



1948, 



January. . . 
February. . 

March 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August. . . . 
September. 

October 

November. 
December. 

Totals 



440,178 
423,318 
455,999 
471,847 
590,106 
650,255 
680,787 
631,264 
572,112 
519,426 
502,798 
511,844 



441,270 
387,436 
537,348 
549,639 
604,066 
684,783 
799,390 
761,057 
638,409 
652,256 
611,139 
557,772 



556,052 
502,398 
650,249 
673,398 
751,619 
817,452 
834,804 
821,427 
748,045 
774,939 
668,782 
633,556 



567,523 
543,117 
665,602 
725,291 
810,068 
811,190 
903,270 
878,038 
777,013 
746,672 
694,650 
625,728 



486,926 
530.130 
638,234 
735.191 
825,022 
824,330 
902,422 
893.006 
783,097 
736,319 
701,336 
698,532 



6,449,934 



7,224.565 



8,432,721 



8,748,162 



8,754,545 



40 City Document No. 24. 



APPENDIX B. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER 
OF THE HIGHWAY DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1949. 

To the Commissioner of Public Works. 
Dear Sir: 

I submit the following report of the operations and 
expenditures of the Highway Division for the year 
ending December 31, 1948: 

Maintenance. 

Appropriation for 1948 $1,298,781 00 

Expenditures 1,279,307 77 

Balance unexpended $19,473 23 

Reconstruction of Streets. 

Appropriation for 1948 $484,191 46 

Expenditures 347,200 97 

Balance unexpended $136,990 49 

Public Ways, Construction of (Revenue). 

Appropriation for 1948 $183,004 28 

Expenditures 182,607 43 

Balance unexpended $396 85 

Public Ways, Construction of (Non-Revenue). 

Appropriation for 1948 $3,448,283 19 

Expenditures 1,948,283 19 

Balance unexpended $1,500,000 00 

Sidewalks, Construction and Reconstruction of. 

Appropriation for 1948 $65,000 55 

.Expenditures 47,232 80 

Balance unexpended $17,767 75 



Public Works Department. 41 

Snow Removal. 

Appropriation for 1948 $1,701,581 70 

Expenditures 1,649,131 36 



Balance unexpended $52,450 34 

The amount of money taken in through the Permit 
Office was $34,473.75; of this amount $31,150.75 was 
deposited with the City Collector and $3,323 was billed 
to the Public Service Corporations. There are now on 
file 2,315 bonds for the use of streets and sidewalks 
protecting the City of Boston against claims for damages, 
etc., through the use of permits. 

The regular forces of the Paving Service were em- 
ployed as usual in the maintenance of all public streets, 
resurfacing and patching macadam pavement, patching 
permanent pavements, such as asphalt, granite block, 
and maintaining gravel, brick and artificial stone 
sidewalks. During the snow removal season, they were 
employed in plowing and removing snow. 

Contracts were awarded for the construction and 
reconstruction of 140 streets during the year and 100 
were completed. Work was also completed on 34 
streets that were unfinished from 1947. 

Some of the more important thoroughfares recon- 
structed during the year were: 

Albany street, from Kneeland street to railroad bridge. 

Beacon street, from Park street to Charles street. 

Bowdoin street, from Washington street to Geneva avenue. 

Charles street, from Cambridge street to Fruit street. 

Charles street, from Beacon street to Boylston street. 

Columbus avenue, from Arlington street to Northampton 
street. 

Congress street, from State street to Milk street. 

Devonshire street, from State street to Milk street. 

Dorchester avenue, from West Broadway to bridge over 
Fort Point Channel. 

Franklin street, from India street to Broad street. 

Hamilton street, from Bowdoin street to Barry street. 

Haverhill street, from Haymarket square to Causeway 
street. 

Heath street, from Columbus avenue to South Huntington 
avenue. 

Huntington avenue, from Dartmouth street to Massa- 
chusetts avenue. 

Huntington avenue, from Ruggles street to Longwood 
avenue. 



42 City Document No. 24. 

Roxbury street, from Shawmut avenue to Columbus 
avenue. 

Tremont street, from Columbus avenue to Huntington 
avenue. 

Washington street, from Stuart street to Cornhill. 

Lighting Service. 
The following is a summary of the budget appro- 
priation for the Lighting Service for 1948: 

Appropriation for 1948 $1,115,580 56 

Expenditures 1,115,580 56 

Balance unexpended None. 

The following is a statement of the work done by 
the Lighting Service during 1948, under the super- 
vision of the Division Engineer. 

Electric lamps of 1,000 c.p. were installed as follows: 
Arlington Street Bridge (2), Blackstone street (3), 
Columbus avenue (24), Newbury street (8), Sun Court 
street (1), City Proper; Beacon street (1), Common- 
wealth avenue (9), Brighton; Cambridge street (1), 
Charlestown; Gibson street (4), Roseclair street (1), 
Dorchester; Ashley street (1), Sumner street (1), East 
Boston; Dudley street (1), Huntington avenue (1), 
Roxbury; Foundry street (1), South Boston. 

Electric lamps of 600 c.p. were installed as follows: 
Columbus avenue (44), Wellington street (1), City 
Proper; Strathmore road (1), Brighton; Wapping street 
(1), Charlestown; Columbia road (1), Dorchester avenue 
(2), Washington street (1), Dorchester; Centre street 
(1), Washington street (1), West Roxbury. 

Electric lamps of 400 c.p. were installed as follows: 
Carver street (1), City Proper; Cummings road (9), 
Scottfield road (1), Turner street (1), Brighton; Virginia 
street (1), Dorchester; Pontiac street (3), Roxbury. 

Electric lamps of 250 c.p. were installed as follows: 
Kingsley street (1), Leahaven road (2), Ledgebrook 
road (2), Meadow Bank avenue (5), Southmere road 
(2), Dorchester; Cottage street (3), Wolcott road (4), 
Hyde Park. 

Electric lamps of 100 c.p. were installed as follows: 
Allston street (1), Ashford terrace (1), Malbert road 
(1), Parsons street (1), Piatt road (1), Surrey street (1), 
Brighton; Belmont street (3), Madison avenue (1), 



Public Works Department. 43 

Sackville street (1), Charlestown; Beaumont street (1), 
Carruth street (1), Chickatawbut street (1), Coleus 
park (3), Fuller street (1), Hollingsworth street (1), 
Jeremiah Clancy street (4), Milton street (2), Whitfield 
street (2), Dorchester; Badger road (1), Washington 
street (1), Hyde Park; Loyola street (1), Norfolk 
street (1), Paul Gore street (1), Roxbury; Beech street 
(1), Brookfield street (1), Carson Circle (1), Chestnut 
avenue(l), Jacqueline road (1), Orchard street (2), 
Poplar street (3), Potomac street (1), Sherwood street 
(1), Florence street (1), West Roxbury. 

Electric lamps of 80 c.p. were installed as follows: 
Beechcroft street (2), Brock street (2), Long avenue 
(1), Parkland street (1), Rugg road (3), Brighton; 
Ashmont park (2), Chickatawbut street (1), Humphreys 
street (1), Tesla street (1), Woodhaven street (1), 
Dorchester; Joyce road (2), Vale street (2), Hyde Park; 
Townsend street (1), Roxbury; Cranston road (1), 
Dwinell street (2), Elgin street (1), Farmington road 
(1), Hackensack road (3), Joyce Kilmer road (1), Lee 
Hill road (1), North avenue (1), Weld street (1), West 
Roxbury. 

Electric fire-alarm lamps were installed as follows: 
Beacon street (1), City Proper; Gordon street (1), 
Brighton; Blue Hill avenue (1), Dorchester avenue (1), 
Florida street (1), Gallivan Boulevard (1), Hazleton 
street (1), Park street (1), Rockwell street (1), Dor- 
chester; Bromley park (1), Calumet street (2), Centre 
street (1), Dennis street (1), Quincy street (1), Warren 
street (1), Washington street, (1), Roxbury; Ana wan 
avenue (2), Burroughs street (1), Cornell street (1), 
Clement avenue (1), Cummins Highway (1), Peak 
Hill road (1), Poplar street (2), South street (1), Willow 
street (1), West Roxbury. 

During the year 935 gas lamps in various suburban 
areas were removed and replaced by an equal number 
of 100 c.p. electric lamps. 



Respectfully, 



I 



R. C. DWYER, 

Division Engineer. 



44 



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Public Woeks Department. 



45 



Yearly Report of Work Done by Department 
Forces for 1948. 



Brick sidewalks, laid and relaid 
Gravel sidewalks, relaid . 
Granolithic sidewalks, relaid (old) 
Granolithic sidewalks, laid (new) 
Tar sidewalks 
Block gutters, laid . 
Granite block roadway, laid 
Edgestone set (new) 
Edgestone reset (old) 
Macadam roadway, patched 
Macadam roadway, resurfaced 
Street cleaning . 
Snow removal . 



12,368 

5,306 

154,142 

5,232 

36,602 

1,810 

602 

37 

5,615 

158,561 

10,540 

3,552 

225,114 



square yards, 
square yards, 
square feet, 
square feet, 
square yards, 
square yards, 
square yards, 
linear feet, 
linear feet, 
square yards, 
square yards, 
cubic yards, 
cubic yards. 



Highway Division — Paving Service. 

Street Work Done in 1948 by Contract. 
SUMMARY. 



Earth and water box excavation 
Rock and wall excavation 
Bank gravel furnished 
Crushed stone furnished . 
Existing concrete base removed 
Existing pavement removed . 
Edgestone, straight furnished and set . 
Edgestone, precast stright furnished and set 
Edgestone, circular furnished and set . 
Edgestone, precast circular furnished and set 
Edgestone, corners furnished and set . 
Edgestone, precast corners furnished and set 

Edgestone, reset 

Concrete base, class B, furnished and laid . 
Concrete base, class B, furnished and laid . 
Extra concrete furnished and laid 
Bituminous concrete base furnished and laid 
Bituminous macadam base furnished and laid 
Granite block pavement relaid 
Granite block hip gutters laid 
Three-inch sheet asphalt pavement laid 
One and a half-inch sheet asphalt pavement laid 

Asphalt binder laid 

Two and a quarter-inch bituminous concrete 

pavement laid 
Bituminous concrete binder laid 
Artificial stone sidewalks laid 
Bituminous concrete sidewalks laid 
Brick sidewalks relaid 
Artificial stone foundation laid 
Covers reset 
Bradley heads reset . 
Chain link fence erected . 
Wood rail fence erected . 
Concrete aroimd boxes laid 
Loam furnished and placed 
Flagstone walks furnished and laid 
Reinforced concrete retaining wall erected 
Courses of brick work laid 



132,917 cubic yards. 
3,061 cubic yards. 
75,438 tons. 
4,065 tons 
11,011 square yards 
94,964 square vards. 
21,391 linear feet. 
10,800 linear feet. 
2,415 linear feet. 
455 linear feet. 
599 each. 
62 each. 
76,730 linear feet. 

4,664 cubic yards. 
49,362 square yards. 
542 cubic yards. 
4,926 square yards. 
168,062 square yards. 
262 square yards. 
1 ,292 square yards. 
280,217 square yards. 
254,266 square j^ards. 
29,768 tons. 



778 

450 

714,575 

15,252 

306 

5,252 

3,675 

83 

890 

450 

418 

1,458 

14,176 

190 

6,470 



square yards, 
tons. 

square feet, 
square yards, 
square yards, 
cubic yards, 
each, 
each. 

linear feet, 
linear feet, 
cubic yards, 
square yards, 
square feet, 
cubic yards, 
each. 



46 City Document No. 24. 



Paving Service. 

Street cleaning $17,696 08 

Macadam repairs 195,936 06 

Edgestone and sidewalk repairs 21,658 58 

Snow removal 83,892 37 

Artificial stone sidewalk repairs 88,956 43 

Street signs 20,082 57 

Sanding icy streets 6,107 49 

Fence repairs 2,867 26 

Bituminous sidewalk repairs 39,414 75 

Paved street repairs 11,569 61 

Injured employees 4,511 96 

Pension 34,423 46 

Miscellaneous (Schedule "A") 752,191 15 

Total $1,279,307 77 







Table Showing Le 


NGTH 


AND Area of Paving on Accepted Streets, Corrected to 


January 1 


1949. 










""^ 






Lenqth I 


< Miles. 






















Area in 


Square Yabds. 












Sheet 
Asphalt. 


Asphalt 
Concrete. 


Granite 
Block. 


Wood 
Block. 


Plank 
Bridges. 


Brick. 


Con- 
crete. 


Macadam. 


Gravel. 


Not 
Graded. 


Totals. 


Sheet 
Asphalt. 


Asphalt 
Concrete. 


Granite 
Block. 


Wood 
Block. 


Plank 
Bridges. 


Brick. 


Concrete. 


Macadam. 


Gravel. 


Not 
Graded. 


Totals. 


Year 1947 Report 


* 173,53 
24 30 


t 235,33 
32,95 


t 66.53 
9.32 


0.65 
09 


, 50 
0,08 


0,87 
0,12 


§25,33 
3,55 


1197.81 
27.71 


12,68 
1.77 


0,81 
0,11 


714,10 
100.00 


* 3,458,464 
25,36 


t 4,414,484 
32.36 


11,774,909 
13.01 


13,387 
0,10 


12,263 
0,09 


19,602 
0.14 


§614,812 
3.77 


II 3,202,781 
23.48 


198,736 
1.4G 


30,945 
0,23 


13,640,383 
100 00 




Janoabt 1, 1949. 


40,90 
3.84 
5,29 
10.60 
33,43 
3S.06 
45.08 
19.21 
5.10 


25,93 
4,59 
11.33 
11,44 
24,57 
60,25 
60,47 
28,44 
9,81 


21.45 
7.95 
4.88 
9,25 

10,28 
3,14 
6,69 
0.51 
0.04 


0,22 
0,08 
0,01 
0,04 
0,05 
0,01 
0,06 

0,01 


0,14 
0,07 
0.05 
0,07 

0,06 
0,04 
0,08 
0,05 


0,40 

0,04 
0,02 
0,14 

0,27 


3.21 
0.36 
0.44 
0.53 
6.68 
5.01 
6,67 
1.23 
0.65 


3.82 
6.86 
13.27 
11.42 
18.67 
49.94 
48.77 
14.26 
21.37 


0,26 
0,00 
0,69 
0,09 
0.41 
2.16 
1.61 
0.55 
6.49 


0,02 
0,01 
0,04 
0,50 
0.00 
0.00 
0.02 

0.24 


96,35 
22,76 
36.04 
43.96 
94.13 
145.63 
169,68 
64,28 
43.76 


880,979 
79,099 
123,453 
215,033 
638,815 
655,011 
841,336 
427,417 
100,409 


564,636 
72,999 
228,918 
221,471 
435,259 
903,879 
1,0,58,258 
521,280 
213,704 


481,357 
197,454 
115,650 
264,775 
251.998 
135,181 
188,348 
66,529 
7,906 


2,679 

2,0U 

325 

1,167 

2,120 

96 

1,669 

40 

186 


4,146 

1,999 

777 

1,962 

1,340 
889 

1,231 
702 


6,291 

771 
1,400 
5,438 

6,425 


111,062 
5,333 
25,280 
17,156 

112,833 
71,837 

116,403 
30,424 
10,434 


61,652 
81,326 
286,583 
195,980 
268,765 
781,610 
762,954 
230,438 
355,319 


1,794 
80 
13,944 
1,024 
6,262 
35,374 
23.714 
8,418 
101,278 


403 

41 

865 

15,754 

61 

5,390 

668 

170 

7,255 


2,114,999 
440,342 
796,566 










1,721,551 






2,999,684 






797,193 








198,51 
27.70 


226.83 
31.65 


64,19 
8.96 


0,48 
0,07 


0.66 
0.08 


0,87 
0.12 


24.78 
3.46 


187,28 
26.13 


12.26 
1.71 


0.83 
0.12 


716.59 
100.00 


3,961,552 
28,96 


4,220,404 
30.85 


1,709,198 
12.49 


10,293 
0.07 


13,046 
0.10 


19,325 
0.14 


500,762 
3.66 


3.024,627 
22.11 


191,888 
1.40 


30,607 
0.22 






100.00 







Total Public Streets 716. c)9 Miles. 
Note. — In the above table the city is subdivided substantially on the boundary lines between the districts as they existed when annexed to Boston. Territory 
*0f this amount 0.10 mile or 834 square yards is Biturock; and 0.00 mile or 310 



id from Brookline included in City Proper. 



square yards is Unionite. 

J Of this amount 0.02 mile or 185 square yards is cobble; and 42.46 miles or 1,308,555 
square yards is granite block paving on concrete base. 

§ Of this amount 0.06 mile or 465 square yards is Blome granitoid concrete block. 



ilOf this amount 156.76 miles or 2,559,981 square yards 
6.67 miles 



I bituminous macadam 



t Of this amount 124.01 miles or 2,148,711 square yards is asphalt concrete; and 
94.56 miles or 1,911,145 square yards is Bitulithic; and 6.26 miles or 104,097 square yards 
is Topeka; and 0.06 mile or 942 square yards is Filbertine; and 0.21 mile or 5,192 square 
yards is Simasco; and 0.03 mile or 595 square yards is Carey Elastite Asphalt Flank; 
and 0.09 mile or 1,047 square yards is Johns-Manville Asphalt Plank; and 1.61 miles or 
48,675 square yards is tar concrete. 



35,456 square yards public alleys included in this table; 7.57 miles or 335,688 square yards public streets in charge of Park Department included in this table; 7.34 miles or 246 ,562 square yards 
pubhc streets in charge of Commonwealth of Massachusetts included in this table. In addition to this table there are 2.24 miles or 10,839 square yards of accepted footways. 



Public Works Department. 47 



APPENDIX C. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
SANITARY DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1949. 

Mr. Robert P. Curley, 

Commissioner of Public Works. 

Dear Sir: 

Herewith, I submit a statement of the activities and 
expenditures of the Sanitary Division of the PubUc 
Works Department for the year ending December 
31, 1948: 

Maintenance expenditures $4,652,926 43 

I. Waste collection and disposal (Table I) . . $2,980,172 86 

(a) By contract (Table II) . $2,341,802 88 
(6) By day labor (Table III) . 638,369 98 

II. Street cleaning $1,489,880 31 

III. Not directly chargeable to 1948 operation . . $182,873 26 

(a) Pensions $47,726 56 

(6) Injured roll .... 6,393 09 

(c) Preventive street cleaning . 52,712 21 

(d) Special spring clean-up . . 76,041 40 

Personnel changes in permanent force: 

Total personnel January 1, 1948 *921 

Transfers from other departments and divisions . .11 

New appointments 69 

Reinstatements 1 

1,002 

Deaths 15 

Resignations 17 

Retirements 23 

Transfers out 27 

Discharged or terminated 13 

— 95 
Personnel total January 1, 1949 *907 

* Including two military leaves of absence. Net loss of 14 employees. 

Increases and Decreases. — The expenditures for the 
year 1948 show a 6.2 per cent increase over those of 1947, 
the difference being $288,185.54. 

In the waste collection and disposal service, the North 
and West End districts were placed under contract, 



48 City Document No. 24. 

with an increased cost of $148,535.26. This was offset 
by a decrease in the day labor account of $141,857.37, 
or a net increase of $6,677.89. 

The transfer of these men to the Street-Cleaning 
Service increased that element of cost by $216,911.61. 

Indirect operation items were up $64,596.04, broken 
down as follows: 

Increase. Decrease. 

Pensions $10,109 32 

Injured roll 1,982 42 

Preventive street-cleaning $3,255 37 

1948 spring clean-up 76,041 40 

1947 Columbus Avenue lot 19,400 00 

1947 Leverett street 881 73 

$88,133 14 $23,537 10 

Attention is directed to the increase in salaries and 
wages of employees on June 30, 1948. This consisted 
of $300 per year for the salaried employees and $3 a 
week for the labor classification, amounting in all to 
approximately $100,000 for the half year. These in- 
creases are included in the above summary. 

Work Accomplished. — During the year 1948, the fol- 
lowing-listed work, besides the routine work of the 
Sanitary Division, was accomplished: 

1. The Roxbury district, in which the work had heretofore 
been done by day labor, was for the first time placed under 
contract, beginning January 1. 

2. Due to the long and hard winter, there was an extraor- 
dinary amount of special clean-up work done in the spring, 
and men and trucks were hired for this purpose in the amount 
of approximately $80,000. 

3. The scales at Mile road Avere removed from this loca- 
tion, and were relocated at the Albany Street Receiving Station. 

4. At the Albany Street Blacksmith Shop, a storage garage 
was established. 

5. The surface of the ramp at the Fort Hill Wharf Re- 
ceiving Station was replaced. 

6. At the Victory Road Station, the ramp was paved 
with bituminous material. 

7. The Sanitary Division Storehouse was extended, adding 
about 25 per cent to the floor area. 

8. A section of the division wall between the Sanitary and 
Paving and Garage yards was removed, thus making greater 
accessibility between these locations. 

9. Additional Dempster-Dumpster equipment was located 
in the market district, resulting in improved conditions inci- 
dental to the pushcart problem in that area. In the South 
End district, Dempster-Dumpster operations were continued 
with marked success. 



Public Works Department. 49 

10. Three 1 ,000-candle power lights were installed in the 
lower end of Blackstone street to facilitate the extension of 
the pushcarts into this area. 

11. In order to keep the streets clean, after the laying up 
of the motor sweepers for the winter, 200 temporary laborers 
were employed for street-cleaning work. 

12. Periodical inspections of motor vehicles were held, thus 
making it possible to make timely repairs and adjustments to 
the equipment. 

13. Additional equipment, under the Motor Vehicle Loan, 
was received as follows : 

20 two-ton dump trucks. 
15 one and one-half -ton dump trucks. 
10 Dempster-Dumpster bodies. 
1 patrol sweeper. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Adolph J. Post, 

Division Engineer. 



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APPENDIX D. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER 
OF THE SEWER DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1949. 

To the 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, 1948. 

During the fiscal year 1948, there were built by con- 
tractors and day labor 7.33 miles of common sewers 
and surface drains throughout the city. After deducting 
0.09 miles of sewers and surface drains, rebuilt or aban- 
doned, the net increase for 1948 is 7.24 miles, which, 
added to the existing 1,233.90 miles of common sewers 
and surface drains and 30.93 miles of intercepting 
sewers, makes a grand total of 1,272.07 miles of all 
sewers belonging to the City of Boston, and under the 
care of the Sewer Division on January 1, 1949. 

There were 229 catch basins built or rebuilt and 25 
abandoned or removed during the year, making a net 
gain of 204 catch basins and a grand total of 23,040 
catch basins under the care of the Sewer Division on 
January 1, 1949. 

Entrance fees to the amount of $3,536.98 have been 
deposited with the City Collector for collection from 
estates upon which no sewer assessments were ever 
paid, in accordance with Ordinances of 1925, chapter 
27, section 10. 

Seven hundred thirty-three permits have been issued, 
viz., 267 to district foremen and contractors and 466 
to drainlayers for repairing or laying new house drains. 
Inspectors from this office have personally inspected 
the work done under these drainlayers' permits. 

Two thousand eight hundred sixty-seven complaints 
have been investigated, and inspectors are instructed 
to report in writing in each case. 

One thousand four hundred forty-five catch basin 
complaints were received. 



56 City Document No. 24. 

Reported in writing on 2,300 municipal liens to the 
City Collector, in accordance with chapter 60, section 
25, of the General Laws. Reported orally on about 
2,500 requests for information on municipal liens. 

Notices have been mailed to abutters in conformity 
with the Ordinances of 1925, chapter 27, section 8, 
apprising them of the construction of new sewers or 
repairs to old sewers. 

During the 3'ear 1948, 2,970 catch basins were cleaned 
by day labor and 2,941 catch basins were cleaned by 
contract. 

Respectfully, 

Robert P. Shea, 
Division Engineer. 



Public Works Department. 



57 



Summary of Sewer Construction for Twelve Months Ending 
December 31, 1948. 



Districts. 


Built by the 

City Either by 

Contract or 

Day Labor. 


Built by 
Private 
Parties. 


Total Lengths Built. 




Linear Feet. 
118.00 
735.80 
None. 
None. 
None. 
9,727.40 
9,330.42 
2,652.51 
7,190.47 


Linear Feet. 


Linear Feet. 
118.00 
735.80 
None. 
None. 
None. 
9,727.40 
9,330.42 
8,514.51 
10,298.15 


Miles. 
0224 






1393 




None. 
None. 
None. 














1 8423 


West Roxbury 




1 7671 




5,862.00 
3,107.68 


1 6126 


Hyde Park 


1 9504 






Totals 


29,754.60 


8,969.68 


38,724.28 


7 3341 







Summary of Sewer Construction for Five Years Previous to 
January 1, 1949. 





1944. 


1945. 


1946. 


1947. 


1948. 


Built by city by con- 
tract or day labor . . . 

Built by private parties 
or other city depart- 
ments 


Linear 
Feet. 

2,457.36 
270.50 


Linear 
Feet. 

6,388.17 


Linear 
Feet. 

14,204.38 
4,463.00 


Linear 
Feet. 

24,166.43 
15,216.70 


Linear 
Feet. 

29,754.60 
8 969 68 








Totals 


2,727.86 


6,388.17 


18,667.38 


39,383.13 


38 724 28 







58 



City Document No. 24. 



Total Length of Sewers. 



Districts. 


Total 
Lengths 

Built 
During 
Twelve 
Months 
Ending 
December 
31, 1948. 


Lengths 

Removed or 

Abandoned 

During 

Twelve 

Months 

Ending 

December 

31, 1948. 


Additional Lengths 

for the 

Twelve Months Ending 

December 31, 1948. 




Linear Feet. 
118.00 
735.80 
None. 
None. 
None. 
9,727.40 
9,330.42 
8,514.51 
10,298.15 


Linear Feet. 
118.00 


Linear Feet. 
None. 

735.80 
None. 
None. 
None. 
9,712.40 
9,330.42 
8,466.51 
10,004.89 


Miles. 
None. 




0.1393 




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None. 
None. 
15.00 






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None. 




1.8395 




1.7671 




48.00 
293.26 


1.6035 


Hyde Park 


1.8949 






Totals 


38,724.28 


474,26 


38,250.02 


7.2443 







Grand Total Lengths of Sewers. 

Miles 
Common sewers and surface drains built previous to 

January 1, 1948 1,233.90 

Common sewers and surface drains built between January 1 

and December 31, 1948 7.24 

Total length of common sewers and surface drains built to 

December 31, 1948 1,241.14 

Total length of city intercepting sewers connecting with 

metropolitan sewers to December 31, 1948 . . . *6.81 

Total length of Boston main drainage intercepting sewers to 

December 31, 1948 * 24.12 

Grand total of common and intercepting sewers to Decem- 
ber 31, 1948 1,272.07 

Total mileage of streets containing sewerage works to 

January 1, 1949 692.68 



* No additional lengths built during 1948. 



Public Works Department. 59 

Catch Basins in Charge of Sewer Division. 



Districts 



Catch-Basins for Twelve Months 
Ending December 31, 1948. 



Number 
Built or 
Rebuilt. 



Number 
Abandoned 
or Removed 



Net 
Increase. 



Total fob Whole City 

IN Charge of Sewer 

Division. 



Previous 

Report to 

January 1, 

1948. 



Grand Total 

to 

January 1, 

1949. 



City Proper . . . 

Roxbury 

South Boston. 
East Boston . . 
Charlestown . . 

Brighton 

West Roxbury 

Dorchester 

Hyde Park. . . 

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1 

1 

29 

46 

90 

44 



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2 



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8 



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4 

3 

1 

1 

16 

46 

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3,375 
1,459 
1,106 

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2,004 
4,002 
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3,379 
1,462 
1.107 
843 
2,020 
4,048 
5,529 
1,015 



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25 



22,836 



23,040 



Sewage Statistics for Year 1948, Calf Pasture Pumping Station. 



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Average 

Gallons 

Pumped 

Daily. 



Maximum 
Gallons 
Pumped 
Daily. 



Minimum 

Gallons 

Pumped 

Daily. 



Average 

Lift 
(Feet). 



January . . . 
February. . 
March. ... 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August 

September . 
October... 
November. 
December . 



3.267,304,000 
3,294,439,000 
3,832,079,000 
3,371.917,000 
3,584,717,000 
3,541,267,000 
3,609,565,000 
3,314,550,000 
3,083,469,000 
3,465,124,000 
3,465,369,000 
3,250,186,000 



105,396,903 
113,601,345 
123,615,000 
112,063,900 
115.732,484 
118.042,233 
126,437,581 
106,920,968 
102,782,300 
111.778.193 
115.512.300 
104,844,709 



129,987,000 
155,012,000 
153,637,000 
147,750,000 
159,200,000 
144,225,000 
133,475,000 
133,835,000 
152,112.000 
156,238,000 
176,875,000 
122.150.000 



82,101,000 

106.925.000 

103,352,000 

93,700,000 

100,863,000 

106,225,000 

95,390,000 

92,582.000 

79,635.000 

86.950.000 

93,550,000 

89,375,000 



40.0 
40.0 
40.0 
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40.0 
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40.0 
40.0 
40.0 



Totals.... 
Averages. 



41,079,986,000 
112,240.399 



1,356,727,916 
113,060.659 



hours 



Total Running Time of Pump 8. — No. 1, 3,600 hours, 20 minutes; No. 2, 3,056 hours. 45 minutes; No. 3. 1,419 
"8, 35 minutes; No. 4, 5,320 hours, 50 minutes; No. 5, 5,412 hours, 35 minutes; No. 6, 7,710 hours, 45 minutes. 



60 City Document No. 24. 

Pumping Statistics for Year 1948, Calf Pasture Pumping Station. 



From Pumping Records. 

Total gallons pumped 
Daily average gallons pumped 
Average dynamic head (feet) . 
Total foot gallons 
Total foot pounds 



41,079,986,000 

112,213,049 

40.0 

1,643,199,440,000 

13,751,936,113,360 



Electric Current Used for 1948, Calf Pasture Pumping Station. 



Month. 



Electric Current. 



Kilowatt-Hours, 
Inside Meters. 



Kilowatt-Hours, 
Outside Meters. 



Amount. 



January . . . 
February . . 
March . . . , 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August . . . . 
September. 
October. . , 
November . 
December . 

Totals 



500,300 
492,700 
577,400 
498,300 
526,400 
520,700 
527,300 
498,500 
446,900 
502,300 
510,800 
473,000 



518,620 
548,220 
563,000 
621,500 
562,000 
578,000 
548,000 
586,000 
500,000 
536,000 
519,740 
536,920 



$6,540 96 
6,551 94 

6.810 78 
7,161 97 
6,801 28 
7,208 44 
6,628 80 
6,941 76 
6,343 70 
6,776 36 
6,625 95 

6.811 91 



6,074,600 



6,618,000 



$81,203 85 



Public Works Department. 



61 



Amount of Refuse Removed from Filth Hoist for Year 1948, 
Calf Pasture Pumping Station. 



Month. 



Wheelbarrow 
Loads. 



Weight,* 
Pounds. 



January . . . 
February . . 
March .... 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August . . . 
September . 
October.. . 
November . 
December . 

Totals 




* Refuse removed from filth hoist, averaging 95 pounds to wheelbarrow. 



Fuel Record for Year 1948, Calf Pasture Pumping Station. 



Month. 



Fuel Oils. 



Gallons 
Received. 



Gallons 
Used. 



January . . . 
February . . 
March. . . . 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August 

September. 
October. . . 
November. 
December . 

Totals 



33,672 
24,122 
29,241 
14,361 
22,004 
22,059 
25,586 
21,467 
17,706 
21,449 
22,012 
23,644 



27,109 
26,225 
26,110 
25,564 
23,427 
22,235 
21,360 
21,270 
21,368 
21,230 
21,124 
24,008 



277,323 



281,030 



62 City Document No. 24. 

Cost of Pumping for 1948, Calf Pasture Pumping Station. 



Items. 



Total. 



Cost Per 

Million Foot 

Gallons. 



Labor 

Edison power 

Fuel oil 

Packing . : 

Miscellaneous renewals and supplies 
Oils and waste 

Totals 

Labor at screens 



$72,838 20 

81,203 85 

22,951 25 

285 88 

2,948 39 

664 38 



$0.04433 
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.01397 
.00017 
.00179 
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$180,891 95 
$15,774 59 



$0.11008 
$0.00960 



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MAINTENANCE EXPENDITURES FROM 
JANUARY 1, 1948, TO DECEMBER 31, 1948. 

Sewer Division. 
Improved Sewerage. 

Pumping Station, Calf Pasture, inside . . $111,620 81 

Pumping Station, Calf Pasture, outside . . 4,288 41 

Pumping Station, Calf Pasture, engines . . 38,447 08 

Pumping Station, Calf Pasture, boilers . . 42,678 21 

Pumping Station, Union Park Street . . 13,006 56 

Pumping Station, Summer Street . . . 4,695 65 

Moon Island 33,937 80 

Main and intercepting sewers .... 34,578 94 
Mt. Vernon Street, Calf Pasture Pumping 

Station, outside, install new roof drains . 4,104 44 
Union Park Street Pumping Station, repairing 

sidewalk 297 97 



$287,655 87 



Maintenance — Regular. 



Automobiles .... 
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Cleaning sewers 
Fuel and oil . 
Hardware and tools 
House connections 
Maintenance, Stony Brook 
Office and engineers' expenses 
Office and engineers' salaries 

Stock 

Yard and locker . 
Testing laboratory 



$13,161 

96,893 

48,493 

716 

3,265 
14,668 

1,252 
12,190 
35,135 

2,901 
50,034 

1,117 



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Maintenance — Repairs. 
Repair, clean and sand streets . 
Repair department buildings 
Repair catch-basins, South Boston 
Repair catch-basins. East Boston 
Repair catch-basins, Charlestown 
Repair catch-basins, Brighton . 
Repair catch-basins. West Roxbury 
Repair catch-basins, Dorchester 
Repair catch-basins, Hyde Park 
Repair catch-basins, Roxbury . 
Repair catch-basins. City Proper 
Repair sewers, South Boston 
Repair sewers. East Boston 
Repair sewers, Charlestown 
Repair sewers, Brighton 
Repair sewers. West Roxbury 
Repair sewers, Dorchester . 
Repair sewers, Hyde Park . 
Repair sewers, Roxbury 
Repair sewers. City Proper 
Repair sewers (unadvertised contract), Vernon 
, and Cabot Streets, Roxbury .... 



$511 

108 

1,309 

187 

1,248 

1,191 

1,380 

8,381 

169 

3,247 

1,962 

908 

187 

539 

2,688 

6,374 

2,001 

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689 

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94 
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279,832 21 



2,148 42 



36,642 47 



Carried forward $604,130 55 



Public Works Department. 65 

Maintenance — Miscellaneous. 

Brought forward $604,130 55 

Miscellaneous $25,563 94 

Back Bay Fens 727 53 

Telephones 1,499 62 

Wearing apparel 394 99 

Pensions and annuities 16,043 06 

Holidays, vacations, sickness, and time allowed 61,694 28 

Unadvertised jobs 7,350 36 

Unadvertised jobs, 36 Cununington street . 300 00 

113,573 78 

Total $717,704 33 

Credits. 

Trucks, etc., used on mainte- 
nance $46,973 05 

Maintenance stock used on main- 
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Construction stock used on main- 
tenance 5,370 01 

Maintenance materials paid for 

by construction . . . 1,650 31 

Maintenance payrolls paid for 

by construction . . . 13,662 19 

Debit transfer from Sewer Service 

to unliquidated reserve . . 353 80 $70,421 09 70,421 09 

$647,283 24 
Debits. 
Construction payrolls paid by 

maintenance .... $2,872 93 
Construction materials paid for 

by maintenance ... 12 98 $2,885 91 2,885 91 

Total expenditures $650,169 15 



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81 



APPENDIX E. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF 
THE WATER DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1949. 

To the Commissioner of Public Works. 
Dear Sir: 

I respectfully submit the following report of the 
activities of the Water Division, operations and expend- 
itures for the fiscal year ending December 31, 1948. 

The shortage of critical materials having been lessened, 
and new meters made available, the work of laying and 
relaj'ing water mains and the replacement of obsolete 
meters, etc., was resumed. 

A total of 24,134 linear feet of pipe were either laid 
or relaid, varying in sizes from 3-inch to 16-inch, in- 
clusive, as follows: 



District. 
Roxbury 
East Boston 
City Proper 
South Boston 
Dorchester . 
Brighton 
West Roxbury 
Hyde Park . 

Total . 



Laid. 


Relaid. 


Linear Feet. 


Linear Feet 





326 





62 





1,431 





1,090 


10,206.5 





5,458.5 


721 


3,223 


1,436 


4,656 


524 



18,544.0 



5,590 



The particular streets in which the above work was 
performed are shown on the accompanying tables. 

Distribution Branch. 

Due to the increased volume of work caused by appli- 
cations for service pipes, etc., the department has en- 
gaged the services of contractors during the year. 

The regular work of this branch, consisting of installa- 
tion of new services and fire pipes, repairing of leaks, 
caring for complaints, shutting off and letting on water, 



82 



City Document No. 24. 



freeing of stoppages in pipes, etc., was performed in 
such a manner and at such periods as to cause minimum 
delay and inconvenience to appUcants for water, water 
takers and the general public. 

The machine shop and plumbing shop were forced to 
handle all the drilling and connecting of services in 
addition to the regular work carried on in these shops, 
such as the machining and assembling of gates, valves 
and hydrants, and the department assisted the other 
branches of the Public Works Department in performing 
special jobs. 

Business Office. 
In order to enforce the payment of outstanding water 
bills, customers in arrears are notified that the flow of 
water will be reduced, but yet enough water is left on 
the premises to provide a minimum for health and 
sanitary requirements. As a result, the Water Division 
ended the year 1948 with a surplus of $825,639.15, this 
surplus being due mainly to the collection of bills due 
and payable. 



Main pipe petitions received 


. . 9 


Domestic service appUcations 


. . 730 


Fire pipe applications .... 


56 


Special meter tests .... 


. 128 


Hydrant permits issued 


18 


Repair deposits received 


. 145 


Miscellaneous deposits 


. . 32 



Appropriations, Expenditures and Revenue. 

Budget appropriation $2,086,516 61 

Amount expended 1,987,232 46 

Unexpended balance $99,284 15 

Amount of money collected during the year . $4,781,873 18 
Amount expended from all sources . . . 3,956,234 03 

Balance $825,639 15 

The metropolitan assessment for 1948 amounted to 
$1,678,390.60, at the rate of $40 per million gallons, 
an increase of $58,509.28 over the assessment for 1947. 

Total amount billed in 1948 . . . . $4,883,503 54 
Total amount collected for 1948 bills, as of 

December 31, 1948 $3,938,213 99 



Public Works Department. 83 

Total amount abated for 1948 bills, as of 

December 31, 1948 $31,676 10 

Total amount collected in 1948, on bills rendered 

prior to 1948 S572,798 40 

This department contacts the water consumers very 
frequently throughout the year, and the conduct of 
the office has been such that I believe a spirit of good 
will between the customers and the employees has been 
brought about which is beneficial to the consumers and 
the city. 

The issuance of statements of outstanding water bills 
to the consumers before placing of liens on premises 
has been continued. The appreciation of the cus- 
tomers is shown by the fact that the number of liens 
placed on premises this year has been reduced. 

Respectfully submitted, 

D. M. Sullivan, 

Division Engineer. 



84 



City Document No. 24. 



Table No. I. Statement of Work Done for the Year of 1948. 



Make. 


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a 

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5 


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In. 






752 
5 
6 


490 

1 


2,392 

1 
1 


3,661 
3 
13 


6,053 

4 
14 


573 
129 
107 


501 
4 
2 


298 


138 


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1 
12 






39 
214 

14 
4 


152 

1,128 

168 

16 

49 

21 

44 

6 

3 

13 

7 


2 
311 

1 

2 
1 

3 

1 


154 

1,439 

169 

16 

51 

21 

45 

6 

6 

14 

7 


2 
196 
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1 






197 




64 

1 


405 
2 


26 


8 


King 


195 




29 










48 












19 






1 
4 
10 






41 


Trident 


1 

2 




6 




2 




1 


Nash 






13 














15 














Totals 


831 


767 


4,001 


3,998 


7,999 


1,043 


920 


324 


719 







Public Works Department. 



85 



Table No. 2. Meters in Service December 31, 1948. 



Make. 


Diameter in Inches. 


Total. 


4 


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1 


U 


2 


3 


4 


6 


8 


10 


12 


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57,708 


3,203 


1,998 


1>139 


661 


157 

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72 


146 
53 
73 


37 
65 
25 


1 
34 






65,050 


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24 


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194 












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43 

3,597 

23,016 

314 

1,335 

204 

139 

67 

38 

1 

14 

23 

34 


53 

22 

1,075 

100 

96 


26 

22 

916 


29 

25 

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34 
481 


8 
400 












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414 






3 


21 














1,455 


Federal 














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Crown 


273 
28 

12 


13 
18 
20 


41 

7 


59 


16 












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Nash 












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70 


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23 


17 


10 








73 


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11 


11 


22 


22 


1 


1 


1 




107 






Totals 


86,533 


4,870 


3,018 


1,990 


1,294 


707 


311 


138 


36 


25 


9 


98,931 





86 



City Document No. 24. 



Table No. 3. Meters in Shop December 31, 1948. 



Make. 


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Total. 


1 


f 


1 


11 


2 


3 


4 


6 


8 


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Hersey Disc 


1,040 


420 


45 


5 


45 










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16 


12 
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28 














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4 


















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1,040 


420 


45 


5 


45 


16 


14 


2 




1 587 






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4 


8 


1 
1 


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1 


1 


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30 






3 


10 


6 




49 








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30 






3 


14 


14 


3 


3 


1 


68 











Table No. 4. Meters Repaired and Rebuilt at Factory. 



Make. 


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Total. 


1 


3 


1 




898 


99 


84 


1.081 







Table No. 4A. Meters Purchased New in 1948. 



Make. 




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Total. 


f 


1 


1 


u 


2 


3 


4 


6 




2,000 


500 


100 


50 


75 








2,725 


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2,000 


500 


100 


50 


75 


20 


22 


1 


2,768 







Public Works Department. 



87 



Table No. 5. Meters Reset. 



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10 

4 


2 
3 


2 

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2 


2 


298 
26 


78 
4 


220 
22 


298 


Watch Dog 


26 






Totals 


270 


28 


14 


5 


3 


2 


2 


324 


82 


242 


324 







Table No. 6A. Meters Changed in 1948. Meters Taken Out. 



Make. 






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Total. 


1 




1 


U 


2 


3 


4 


6 




1,954 


191 


144 


42 


46 


7 


6 


2 
1 


2,392 


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1 


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1 

11 




1 




149 

866 

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1 

8 

19 

18 

16 

34 








2 

35 

2 






152 


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108 

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48 
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13 












21 




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2 


1 






44 


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16 


American 


15 














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4 




6 


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4 


3 








7 


















Totals 


3,224 


286 


272 


94 


87 


25 


10 


3 


4,001 







88 



City Document No. 24. 



Table No. 6B. Meters Changed in 1948. Meters Put In. 



Make. 


Diameter in Inches. 


Total. 


5 


f 


1 


U 


2 


3 


4 


6 


8 


Hersey Disc 


3,018 


324 


175 


68 


71 


3 


2 






3,661 


2 


1 


3 














7 


6 


13 




2 
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1 














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2 


102 


30 


19 


11 


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311 








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1 


1 








3 


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1 
1 
2 










1 




















1 




















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1 






3 




















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3,167 


330 


277 


99 


91 


24 


10 


2 


1 


4,001 







Public Works Department. 



89 



Table No. 7. Cause of Meters Changed for the Year 1948. 



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475 


63 


121 


23 


2,394 


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15 

164 

15 


126 

632 

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3 

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14 

35 

6 

39 

4 


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14 








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7 
















7 
























Totals 


755 


1,908 


65 


52 


328 


38 


617 


69 


138 


31 


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Diameter in Inches. 


Total. 


Make. 


1 


1 


1 


U 


2 


3 


4 


6 




665 


5 


15 


23 


43 


1 






752 


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2 
4 


3 

1 


5 














1 

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1 

1 


6 


Watch Dog 


3 




4 


22 

1 


33 


64 


Arctic 






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1 






1 




















Totals 


668 


5 


19 


46 


77 


6 


6 


4 


831 







Meters applied on old service. 
Meters applied on new service. 

Total 



27 
804 



831 



90 City Document No. 24. 

Table No. 9. Meters Discontinued in 1948. 



Make. 



Hereey Disc 

Hersey Compound. 
Hereey Detector. . . 

Watch Dog 

Worthington Disc. 

American 

Arctic 

Federal 

Trident 

King 

Lambert 



Totals. 



Diameter in Inches. 



387 



145 

37 

1 



587 



54 



16 



70 



li 



20 



33 



23 



23 



39 



10 



11 



Total. 



490 



1 

214 

39 

1 

1 

4 

1 

14 

1 



766 



Si 



116 



325 



1 

51 

6 



149 
32 
1 
1 
4 
1 
10 



179 



64 



523 



Table No. 10. Meters Repaired in Service in 1948. 



Make. 



Hereey Disc 

Hereey Detector . . . 
Hereey Compound. 
Worthington Disc. 

Watch Dog 

King 

Federal , 

Arctic 

Crown 

Trident 



Totals. 



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Table No. II. Meters Salvaged in 1948. 



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SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT. 
Statement of Defective Meters in the Wards. 

Do not Register. Spindle Leak, No Force, Defaced Registers, Broken Bonnets, 
Leaks at Base, Inlet and Outlet Coupling Leaks. 



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Financial Transactions, Water Service, 

Cash balance from 1947 

Receipts: 

Water rates and services . . $4,752,492 94 

Tax titles — water .... 29,380 24 



Expenditures from revenue: 

Current expenses and extensions . $1,987,232 46 

Collecting Department . . . 198,090 02 

Auditing Department . . . 800 00 

Refunded water rates . . . 817 05 

Refunded water collections . . — 

Refunded water tax titles . . — 

Metropolitan assessment . . 1,678,390 60 

$3,865,330 13 
Transfer of surplus to city loans, 

redemption of .... 1,456,238 67 



Expenditures from debt account: 

Boston water debt .... $36,000 00 

Interest on loans .... 7,737 50 



Cash forwarded to 1949 

Surplus on hand, December 31, 1948, .... 

Loan account: 

Balance outstanding, January 1, 

1948 $264,000 00 

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debt 36,000 00 

Balance outstanding, December 31, 

1948 

Construction account: 
Cost of construction, December 31, 

1948 $24,594,120 41 

Cost of construction, December 31, 

1947 24,564,088 42 

Increase in plant cost during 1948 .... 

Cost of existing works, December 31, 1948: 

Pipe yards and buildings * . . $84,332 16 

Engineering expense . . . 57,873 58 

Distribution system f . . . 24,222,487 36 
Hyde Park water works . . . 175,000 00 

High pressure fire system % 

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1948. 

$1,502,883 32 



4,781,873 18 
$6,284,756 50 



5,321,568 80 
$963,187 70 



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93,811 05 

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$24,539,684 10 
2,293,316 75 

$26,833,000 85 



* $10,500 deducted on account of abolishment of Charlestown yard. 

t Includes $155,023.89 expended on high pressure fire system in 1925, 1926, 1931, 
1932, 1933. 

t $33,850.96 deducted from cost of high pressure fire system on account of abandon- 
ment of pumping station, Battery street. 



Public Works Department. 



95 



Shutting Off and Turning On Water in 1948. 

Number of shut-off s for repairs 6,422 

Number of premises turned on after repairs . . 5,757 

Number of shut-offs for vacancy 322 

Number of premises turned on for occupancy . . 327 
Number of premises shut off for nonpayment of water 

rates 17 

Number of premises turned on again after being shut 

off for nonpayment 13 

Number of premises shut off on account of waste . 5 

Number of new service pipes turned on for first time 302 

Total number of times water was shut off or 

turned on 13,165 



Table No. II. High Pressure Fire Service. 

Showing Lengths of Water Pipes, Connections, Hydrants and Valves in 
Same, December SI, 1948. 





20-Inch. 


16-Inch. 


12-Inch. 


8-Inch. 


6-Inch. 


Total. 


Length owned and operated, 
December 31, 1948 (feet) .... 


20,140 


46,953 
201 


31,756 
144 






98,849 




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847 






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46,953 
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31,756 
144 






98,849 




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18.72 miles of mains in system. 



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City Document No. 24. 



Table No. III. 

Total Number of Hydrants in System, December 31, 1948. 



Location. 



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Charlestown (public) 

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City Proper (public) 

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Dorchester (public) 

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East Boston (public) 

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Hyde Park (public) 

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Roxbury (public) 

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South Boston (public) 

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West Roxbury (public) 

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Deer Island (private) 

Gallups Island (private) 

Long Island (private) 

Rainsf ord Island (private) . . . 
Thompson's Island (private) . 
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Waterworks Statistics, City of Boston. 
For the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1948. 

Mains. 
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Size, 2-inch to 48-inch. 
Extended miles, 2.068. 
Size enlarged, miles, none. 
Total miles now in use, 1,006.091. 
Public hydrants added, 41. 
Public hydrants now in use, 12,321. 
Stop gates added, 85. 
Stop gates now in use, 16,113. 
Stop gates smaller than 4-inch, 37. 
Number of blow-offs, 861. 
Range of pressure on mains, 30 to 90 pounds. 

Services. 
Kind of pipe and size: lead and lead-lined, |-inch; cast iron, 2-inch to 
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