Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Roadway Repairs Phase I


Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Infrastructure Rehabilitation - Phase I

General Contractor:

US Pavement Services, Inc


Jacob Zwicker, Assistant Public Works Engineer, Engineering Division 978-318-3210,

Project Background:

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery began in 1855 with the purchase of 25 acres by the Town of Concord. Over the years, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery was expanded through many land acquisitions to build to over 100 acres of total land today. The roadway system improvements within Sleepy Hollow Cemetery represent the major portion of this project. The roads in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery are paved with asphalt. According to Town reports, vehicles were first allowed in the cemetery, by permit only for Concord residents and lot owners, starting in 1915-1916. In 1946, the first roads were "hot topped" after many years of annual road maintenance was required to allow safe passage of pedestrians and vehicles. The paving efforts continued almost annually through the late 1950's until all of the roads were paved.

The goal of this project is to preserve the historic landscape of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery through reconstruction and maintenance of failing roads, pathways, and historic stone walls while upgrading the storm water management system to ensure this investment in the roadway system is sustainable over time.  This is the first phase of a planned multi phase project to rehabilitate the infrastructure of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and will focus on the eastern section of the cemetery adjacent to historic Authors Ridge.

Scope of Work:

Phase I of the cemetery infrastructure rehabilitation will include significant drainage rehabilitation with the installation/ replacement of 30 drainage structures approximately 1350 feet of new HDPE and reconstruction of 400 lineal feet of stone waterways. The pavement rehabilitation portion of the project will reconstruct approximately 3,700 linear feet of cemetery roadway.  The existing pavement will be excavated using a cold plane technique to minimize vibrations.  The gravel base of the roads will be re-graded to further improve drainage patterns and then the roads will be repaved with two layers of asphalt.  The work will also reconstruct approximately 200 lineal feet of stone walls within the cemetery.  Work is slated to begin the first week of September and continue through fall of 2016.