MassDOT has begun the removal of rails and ties (see photo). Selective tree removal to allow the construction of the path and drainage swales will begin in September.
MassDOT has announced its planned construction activities for August 13-31. View the Schedule tab or the MassDOT Notice for a description of the planned activities.
MassDOT Notice of Brush Removal Activity
MassDOT via its contractor Onyx Corporation will begin clearing brush along the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway during the week of July 30th. Work will begin at Arlington Street in Watertown and will continue along to the entrance of the Sullivan Water Treatment Plant on Fresh Pond Parkway in Cambridge. Typical hours of work will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. View the MassDOT Notice for a map of the approximate work area.
DCR has completed the the design phase and anticipated construction timeline for the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway. Construction is scheduled to begin in late summer/early fall of 2018. Read the full DCR update.
MassDOT and DCR released construction documents for bidding with bids opened in March 2018. MassDOT is currently reviewing bids and looking to sign a contract with the low bidder. We are expecting that construction will begin in the summer of 2018. We will post final plans and documents when those are received from the state.
At the current time, the base project is fully designed. Construction is expected to begin in the late spring/summer of 2018 and be managed by MassDOT and DCR. A portion of the project in Watertown is expected to have lighting and the base infrastructure for lighting is include in the entire project. The addition of low level safety lighting, timed to go off during most of the night, is being considered in Cambridge. A public process to further discuss lighting in the Cambridge portion of the path will occur in the later spring of 2018.
As one of the last outstanding design issues for the project, the City is considering adding lighting to the section of the path within Cambridge. The issue of lighting and safety were raised at initial the public meetings for the project. The City has aimed to come up with a proposed lighting design that enables safe use the path, while minimizing light pollution and negative effects on wildlife, birds and plants in the area. As such, the city hired two ecologists to evaluate the proposed lighting plan, and those evaluation reports can be found in the Documents tab. Also in the Documents tab is a presentation given in early September to the Fresh Pond Master Plan Advisory Board that includes summaries of the lighting design and evaluation conclusions.
In September 2017, the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation advertised the construction contract for the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway, running from the Cambridge Water Treatment Plant to Arlington Street in Watertown. The DCR, working with the City of Cambridge, completed the designs for the path to the point where the project could be advertised and put out to bid. The bid opening is scheduled for February 2018 and construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2018.
June 2, 2016 Public Meeting
6:30 P. M. to 8:00 P. M.
Russell Youth Community Center
680 Huron Avenue, Cambridge
At this public meeting, DCR will present, and obtain feedback on, the proposed design at the 75% completion phase. The public meeting presentation will be available here and on the DCR website following the meeting.
The 75% design drawings can be downloaded here.
November 30, 2015 Public Meeting
public hearing on the 25% design was held by the state DCR, also sponsored by
the City of Cambridge, per the notice below on November 30th on the
conceptual design of the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway. A copy of the
meeting presentation may be found by following the link below and under the
documents tab. An additional public meeting to view the 75% designs is
expected to take place in March of 2016.
The 25% design drawings are also available through the DCR web site.
June 9, 2015 Public Meeting
A public meeting was held by the state DCR, also sponsored by the City of Cambridge, per the notice below on June 9th on Phase II of the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway. A copy of the meeting presentation may be found by following the link below. An additional public meeting to view a conceptual design of the Greenway is anticipated to be held in the fall of 2015.
MASS. DCR AND CITY OF CAMBRIDGE PUBLIC MEETING WATERTOWN-CAMBRIDGE GREENWAY PROJECT
Place and Time:
Tuesday, June 9, 6:00 P. M. to 8:00 P. M.
West Cambridge Youth Center
680 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Watertown-Cambridge Greenway is an effort recently launched with the joint purchase of a former B&M Railroad line, the Watertown Branch, by the City of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to create a multi-use pathway and greenway. This purchase, which includes the former railroad right-of-way from Concord Avenue in Cambridge, through the Fresh Pond Reservation, under Huron Avenue, and into Watertown, will be developed into a pedestrian and bicycle path, helping complete the important regional connection linking the Charles River path system and the Minuteman Bikeway.
At this meeting, DCR and the City of Cambridge will provide background information about the project, now at a pre-conceptual stage of design, and obtain public input.
The public meeting presentation will be viewable the following day on DCR’s website and on the City of Cambridge website at:
The City of Cambridge, in partnership with the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, purchased a significant portion of the former rail right of way known as the Watertown Branch, which runs from Concord Avenue by Fresh Pond, under Huron Avenue and into Watertown. A multi-use path will eventually be constructed and create a regional off-road connection from the Charles River to the Minuteman Bikeway. We will continue to update you on design and construction information.
Learn more in the article in on Boston.com.
August 20-31, 2018
Crews will begin to remove the rail, which will be transported off the premises.
August 13-17, 2018
Crews on site to determine areas of the project where trees and brush will be selectively cleared within the Right of Way.
July 30, 2018
Brush removal for construction commences. See MassDOT Notice for more information.
June 2, 2016
Third Public Meeting at Russell Youth Community Center, Cambridge. See The Latest tab for full meeting notice.
November 30, 2015
Second Public Meeting at The Atrium School, 69 Grove Street, Watertown. See The Latest tab for full meeting notice and presentation.
June 9, 2015
First Public Meeting at Russell Youth Center, 680 Huron Avenue, Cambridge. See The Latest tab for full meeting notice.
The Watertown-Cambridge Greenway is a new project. The DCR is identifying design funds for creating a multi-use path. No construction schedule has been determined as this will depend upon the design being completed, and construction funds identified.