Main Street Reconstruction Project

Includes Ames St to Wadsworth St

May 2015

On Wednesday, May 27, the city’s contractor, Newport Construction, will be closing the eastbound lanes (7am-6pm) on Main Street to perform a temporary paving operation to improve the roadway conditions for motorists. This paving operation is expected to be completed in one day. Once the paving operations have concluded, crews will revert back to their previous set up and will have the westbound lanes closed.


WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION
• Wednesday, May 27, crews will be providing temporary asphalt on the roadway to improve the conditions for motorists during construction.
• The Third Street connector will reopen during this operation and will allow motorists to take a right from Broadway onto the westbound lanes of Main Street.
• “No Parking” signs will be posted; please be sure to check dates/times.
• Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.

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April 2015

During the week of April 21, roadway and sidewalk reconstruction is expected to begin. Roadway reconstruction will begin on the eastbound side first (2 weeks), and then switch to the westbound side (2 weeks).

During the road work phase, Main St will function as a one way. While crews reconstruct the eastbound lanes, only westbound traffic on Main St will be permitted. When crews switch to the westbound side, only eastbound traffic will be permitted.  MBTA Bus, shuttle and trolley stops on Main St may be adjusted during roadway reconstruction. Please check signs for temporary stops.

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February 2015

Crews will mobilize on Main St on Wednesday, February 25 to begin removing the deteriorated pear trees from the project area.  The trees have structural flaws that make them susceptible to storm damage.  Crews will plant a total of 58 new trees , from 5 different species at the end of the construction this fall.  For more information on the Main St tree plan, please visit the Documents tab.

There will be periodic utility work starting in mid-March, with major construction beginning in April.

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November 17, 2014

Crews will continue to finish the water work on Main St.  The bypass is expected to be removed next week.

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November 10, 2014

The City's contractor, Newport Construction, will continue to reconnect the water main and administer tests to ensure that the water main upgrade has no issues.

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October 20, 2014

Crews continue to work on the water main. This week, crews will be pressure testing and will also continue reassembling the water main.

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October 6, 2014

Crews continue to install new conduit at the Third Street Connector.  A second crew will TV and clean the water main this week.

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September 22, 2014

This week, crews continue to work on the conduit at the Third Street Connector. Additional crews will be performing work on the 12" water main.

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August 25, 2014

This week crews are performing utility work at the Third Street connector. The connector will be closed during this phase of the project.

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August 18, 2014

Crews are currently performing work at the corner of Ames Street and Main Street. Beginning Thursday, August 21, the Third Street connector will be closed. On Thursday, August 21, there is a scheduled water shutdown in the area from 8pm-2am. All affected properties will be notified 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions regarding the water service shutdown, please contact the Cambridge Water Department at 617-349-4770.

 

 

April Activity

During the week of April 21, sidewalk and roadway reconstruction will begin.  The road work will take about one month to complete and the sidewalk work will be ongoing through the spring and summer.

We expect construction activities to resume in the fall of 2015.  

February Activity

Crews will mobilize on Main St on Wednesday, February 25 to begin removing the deteriorated pear trees from the project area.  The trees have structural flaws that make them susceptible to storm damage.  Crews will plant a total of 58 new trees , from 5 different species at the end of the construction this fall.  For more information on the Main St tree plan, please visit the Documents tab.

 

March/April Activity

In mid-March, crews are expected to resume utility work on the north side of Main St, between the MBTA station and Ames St.  In April, construction activities will ramp up with crews starting road and sidewalk reconstruction.  We expect the surface work to continue through the summer.

We expect construction conclude this fall 2015. 

 

 

Project Background 

Through the Kendall Square Planning Study (K2C2 ), a plan of improvements for Main Street (Ames to Wadsworth) has been developed. The plan will provide a high quality experience for pedestrians and cyclists with reconstructed sidewalks and roadway, enhance transit accommodations, provide a new connection from Third St to Main St, and include seating, bus shelters and bike parking, including artist designed bike racks. 

Please also check the K2C2 website for more information on this project.

 

For more information on the Main Street project, please contact Kathy Watkins at kwatkins@cambridgema.gov /617.349.4751 or Kelly Dunn at kdunn@cambridgema.gov /617.349.4870. The Department of Public Works TTY line is 617.349.4805.

 

For more information about the K2C2 study, please contact Iram Farooq at ifarooq@cambridgema.gov /617.349.4606. The Community Development Department TTY line is 617.349.4621.

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