Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 26, 2012

Cleanup done at state highway property

A state maintenance and salt shed facility off Prospect Road has years of buried items on its property unearthed by a contractor this week.

As part of a sweeping series of cleanups at state-owned highway facilities across the region, crews worked Tuesday and Wednesday to clean out discarded and buried solid waste at the state Department of Transportation facility on Prospect Road.

By Tuesday, on Townsman deadline, three of six "test digs" uncovered things like chunks of concrete, trash bags, metal fence parts and piping. None of the trash was hazardous, according to Brett Loosian, district highway maintenance engineer for the state's Department of Transportation. The other three test digs turned up no issues, Loosian said.

Bob Douglas, Andover conservation director, said he isn't concerned about the stuff that is buried or hidden — so long as it gets cleaned up.

"Whenever we do a farm property, we know there's going to be rusted tractors and farm shares tucked in behind," said Douglas. "Just by their nature, they accumulate stuff. It's a good thing it's being cleaned out at this point."

Dan Galante, project manager for Georgetown-based T Ford Company that was hired by the state to do the work, said Andover is one of seven area towns visited by his company as part of the cleanup effort. What they're finding buried or stockpiled behind buildings isn't surprising, he said.

"There are no hazardous materials or things like that. It's more like yard cleanup, maintenance work, stuff that gets pushed off because there's other stuff to do," said Galante. "They push it all into one contract to get it done."

The company was also asked to clean up some sand that had washed into an area wetland, according to Galante.

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