CHELMSFORD -- Dump trucks full of fill material will begin making 50 to 75 trips a day through Drum Hill starting in a week or two, beginning a nearly two-year process of adding up to 45 feet of material on top of the Glenview landfill.
Project managers gave details of the landfill plan Wednesday at a public meeting at the library, where residents and town officials voiced concerns about the frequency of truck trips to and from Route 3 and its effect on traffic and businesses.
Trucks will travel Drum Hill Road to the Lowell line, where they will take an access road to the site, roughly across from the entrance to Technology Drive.
Most concerns Wednesday centered around how much traffic will be added to an already congested area. Trucks will particularly have trouble taking a left turn from the site to get back to Route 3, they said.
"It takes five minutes any time of day to take that left turn," said Jack Luskin, a Steadman Street resident. It was "shocking," he said, that project officials didn't seem to be more aware of the difficulty of making the turn into traffic.
Rob Parsons, franchise owner of Popeyes, at the intersection of Drum Hill and Parkhurst roads, suggested material for the project be delivered overnight instead to avoid peak driving hours.
"This is going to be impactful," Parsons said. Of Drum Hill Road, he asked, "why can't you use it when we're not using it?"
Project officials said deliveries need to be made during typical business hours because those are the times when construction sites providing the material are also active.
The Glenview landfill, which sits southwest of the former Lowell landfill, is being capped by order of the state Department of Transportation. The project cost will be covered mostly by revenue from companies that will pay to get rid of material.
The height of the landfill will rise by nearly 50 feet to 210 feet, slightly lower than Lowell's landfill.
The landfill will be topped by soil and vegetation, with a nearly impermeable liner underneath. Under the liner will be most of the material being trucked in, including material from catch basins, street sweepings, dredging projects and fill from various projects. All material is tested and approved, said Bruce Haskell, an engineer for the project.
Material deliveries are expected to begin in mid-June and continue until April 2016. The project is estimated to be substantially complete by that fall.
The owner of the landfill, Sandbanks LLC, bought the property in 2011. The previous owner of the 30-acre site began capping the landfill but did not complete it, leaving its liner damaged from years of erosion and a fire.
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