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Steven MacEachern, Superintendent of Highways/Lights&Lines

Department of Public Works
1 Franey Road
Somerville, MA 02145

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Phone: 311 (617-666-3311 from outside of Somerville)

Operating Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

DPW-Electrical Lights and Lines

The Lights and Lines Program provides maintenance and repair services to the City’s electrical communication system in order to support public safety services.

  • Maintain the Municipal firebox system and the private fire alarm systems to ensure compliance with City and State Regulations in order to support public safety outcomes.
  • Maintain and repair citywide radio communications system in order to support public safety outcomes.
  • Provide maintenance to utility poles, decorative poles, park lighting, walkways, and tunnels to support public safety.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot existing electrical systems and assist all agencies in developing new electrical systems to ensure all City and State requirements are being met.
  • Review other agencies compliance with City Standards and Local Ordinances to ensure uniformity of electrical and communication systems to maintain a safe environment.
  • Provide emergency communication services to the general public and all City agencies to support public safety outcomes.
  • Provide alternate methods of electrical power systems during commercial power outages in order to support public safety outcomes.
  • Respond to and identify the locations of various underground utilities, such as, fire alarm conduit, cables, city underground telephone system & power systems to various lighting to avoid excavation conflicts with others and ensure the safety of the general public.