Weekly Construction Highlights

Cambridge Common

REMINDER: All new permits will need to be submitted online at: permits.cambridgema.gov/CAPSite/Public/Main. You will need to “register” first if you have not done so before. Click here for a complete set of instructions (pdf) on how to use the new permit system. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Permit Desk at 617-349-4833 or Rob Linke at rlinke@cambridgema.gov. Please wait for email with approved permit before starting work.

REMINDERS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

REMINDERS:
Moratorium began November 23rd - no excavation will be permitted after that date without permission from the Commissioner of Public Works. Please address the request letter to Owen O’Riordan and email to Jim Wilcox (jwilcox@cambridgema.gov) or Jeya Niranjan (jniranjan@cambridgema.gov), if you need to work past November 23rd.

EVERSOURCE GAS CONTACTS
Jeanie Zelinski – Somerville Office Clerk 617-629-3259
Pierre Belizaire – Somerville Planning & Scheduling Supervisor 617-501-6853 or pierre.belizaire@eversource.com
Ben Nasman – Supervisor, Gas Operations 413-446-7971
John Burke – Supervisor, Gas Operations 339-987-7256
Bob Dell’Anno – Manager, Gas Operation 617-629-3266 or 339-987-7615 - Robert.dellanno@eversource.com
Dean Moran – Supervisor, Damage Prevention 508-642-4929 or dean.moran@eversource.com
Tim Norden – Manager, Damage Prevention 508-305-6889 or timothy.norden@eversource.com
WORK HOURS / HOLIDAY WORK PERMITS
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and no work on Sundays or holidays without a permit
PERMITS
All permits should be submitted online. Any questions regarding permits can be directed to Rob Linke at 617.349.4833 or rlinke@cambridgema.gov.
POLICE DETAILS
Police details will need to be called in daily to the police detail office 617.349.3350, On Fridays please call in details by 11:00 am, office closes at 12:00. If your job requires a priority police detail please call in the details to the detail office but also contact Jim Wilcox at 617.349.6426 or jwilcox@cambridgema.gov
NOISE VARIANCES

The noise variances are approved by the city’s License Commission.
DPW and the Police Dept. can't approve variances and emergency work is exempt, no “scheduled” emergencies.
"Emergency" means any occurrence or set of circumstances involving actual or imminent physical trauma or property damage which demands immediate action.
Noise variance applies everywhere within the City limits including property owned by the City, State and federal government.
Construction is allowed Monday - Friday 7:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm except holidays
Work during any other times requires a special noise variance
Special Noise Variances are issued by the License Commission with recommendations from Police, Traffic and Public Works
Allow at least 3 weeks for review and approval of variance applications.
Extension of noise variances are considered new applications and will also need 3 weeks for approval
EVERSOURCE PAVING NOTIFICATION
Properly functioning gate boxes / shut-off valves are a significant safety and liability issue for all of us. Damaging utility infrastructure, including gas valves, is a violation of Dig Safe Regulations and subject to a $1,000 to $10,000 fine per incident. Announcing paving operations at Monday morning construction meetings is important, but is not sufficient. Contractors must email Eversource Gas and Electric prior to paving and work with them to coordinate adjustments of valves and structures.
Eversource Gas
Construction Contractors must provide Eversource Gas one-month written / email notice of all planned paving to:
• test for gas leaks and allow sufficient time to make the required repairs prior to paving.
• allow for the timely regulation/adjustment of all gate boxes, shut-off valves & castings.
Please e-mail: Robert.Dell’Anno@eversource.com and William.Zamparelli@eversource.com
Paving Operations
• Valves must be accessible and visible at all times.
• Paving over a gate box / shut-off valve is a serious safety hazard and under no case, can a contractor bury gate boxes / shut-off valves under paving.
• Contractors must notify Eversource if any gate boxes / shut-off valves were damaged during grinding or full depth construction.
• Eversource will raise the gate boxes / shut-off valves prior to each phase of paving. Contractors can make the final 1” to 2” adjustment to match the final grading.
Eversource Electric
Construction Contractors must provide Eversource Electric two-week written / email notice of all planned paving to:
• allow for the timely regulation/adjustment of all castings.
• if reclaiming roadways (deep grind & overlay top surface), please advise so vault tops and subsurface castings may be protected.
Please e-mail : Donald.McCabe@eversource.com and William.Zamparelli@eversource.com

CITY PROJECTS
HURON B PROJECT

CONTRACTOR: BARLETTA HEAVY DIVISION
Huron Ave (Fresh Pond Pkwy-Lakeview) full depth work, paving December 6th , r/r hydrants, curb work starting at Famiggios working towards Concord Ave
Tree planting project wide – done today
Back of sidewalk work through the winter and curbing through the winter

NEW STREET/CONCORD LANE PROJECT

CONTRACTOR: BARLETTA HEAVY DIVISION
Punch-list work on pump station, lighting
Concord Lane – repair work done in 2 weeks

CONCORD AVE PROJECT

CONTRACTOR: P. GIOIOSO & SONS
Fayerweather @ Field St – raised intersection
Field St parking lot – raised intersection
Winter work: raised intersections and porous pavement on trenches

CHAPTER 90 – CONTRACT 19 PEARL STREET
CONTRACTOR: ONYX CORP.
Phase II Drainage ends
Complete installation of Catch Basin near #276 Pearl St
Eversource Gas – gas main complete in 2017
Removal of old & installation of new catch basins on Pearl @Chestnut, Putnam, Allston, & Hamilton Streets - raise frame & grates to new catch basins.

NEWPORT, ROSELAND, APPLETON PROJECT
CONTRACTOR: P. GIOIOSO & SONS
Sewer & Drain installation on Roseland btw Frost & Mass Ave- detour in place to access Lesley U. and Roseland St
Sewer & Drain mainline on Roseland btw Frost and Somerville Ave. Leslie parking lot open to regular traffic flow on Wed, Thur, & Friday

CHAPTER 90-CONTRACT 20
CONTRACTOR: NEWPORT CONSTRUCTION
Finishing drainage work, associated cleanup and temporary paving on Lancaster St. Weather permitting this work will be completed by Friday 1/20.

REMEDIAL CONTRACT
CONTRACTOR: MATTUCHIO
#82 Dana Street
#15 & #32 Fayette Street
River St at Memorial Drive

KING OPEN SCHOOL/CAMBRIDGE STREET UPPER SCHOOL
CONTRACTOR: WT RICH
Trucking completed next week
Excavation work next week?
All work over winter will be on-site
Will give back side on Cambridge St once trucking is done

MIT SOMA PROJECT
Eversource - electrical manhole work
Install water piping Carleton St
Excavation on Amherst St, Hayward St, Deacon St, & Wadsworth St
Hayward St. becomes one way N to S (Main to Amherst Sts)
Install Sanitary at Carleton & Amherst Sts.
Wadsworth St closed from E55 Parking lot north to Main Street





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Dept of Public Works

795 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02139

Phone:617.349.4000
TDD:617.349.4242

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm