Myrtle/Magnolia Ave Project

Infrastructure improvement project in the Myrtle/Magnolia Ave neighborhood of Mid-Cambridge.

 

November 17, 2014

Crew will pave Hovey Ave near Cambridge St on Tuesday, November 18.  Work will begin at 7 AM and is expected to take a few hours to complete.  The Spaulding fence work will also continue this week and is expected to finish next week.

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November 10, 2014

This week, crews will be working on the installation of fencing at Spaulding Hospital. Once that work is completed, crews will focus their efforts on electrical work associated with the control panel for the storm water storage tank.

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October 28, 2013

The paving operations that were held this past Friday and Saturday were successful. Crews are onsite this week to clean up the area.

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October 22, 2013

On Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 (weather permitting), the City’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corp, will be performing roadway paving operations on Kirkland Street (between Line Street and Holden Street), Myrtle Avenue, Magnolia Avenue, Hovey Avenue, Lamont Avenue, and two small sections of Cambridge Street at Hovey Avenue and at Roberts Road. Please see below to view the road closure schedule during paving operations.

 

Friday, October 25

  • Kirkland Street (between Line St. and Holden St.), will be paved one half at a time to allow for traffic to flow through the area.
  • Myrtle Ave. will be closed from 7am – 6pm.
  • Magnolia Ave. will be closed from 7am-6pm.
  • Lamont Ave. will be closed from 11am-6pm.

Saturday, October 26

  • Hovey Ave. will be closed from 7am-1pm.
  • Cambridge St. will remain open to traffic while paving operations at the intersection of Hovey Ave. and at the intersection of Roberts Rd. take place.

What to Expect During Construction

  • “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of construction. Please be sure to check posted signs for exact date and times.
  • Police details will be onsite to help with traffic management.

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October 8, 2013

This week, crews will continue to work on the sidewalks on the east side of Hovey Avenue.

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October 7, 2013

In connection with the Myrtle/Magnolia Project, the City’s Contractor, D’Allessandro Corporation, will be rehabilitating the sewer line on Myrtle Avenue on Wednesday, October 9. The rehabilitation will provide a new, joint less sewer pipe that will minimize root and water infiltration issues. It is designed to improve the flow and will provide a more structural pipe without the need for excavation. This work is expected to take one day to complete. During this work, motorists will not be able to access the Myrtle Avenue via Kirkland Street from 8am to 4pm. Myrtle Avenue abutters must access the roadway via Magnolia Ave. General working hours will be from 8am-4pm and police details will be onsite to assist with traffic management.

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September 30, 2013

This week, crews continue to perform sidewalk work on the east side of Hovey Avenue.

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September 23, 2013

This week, crews will be performing sidewalk work on the east side of Hovey Avenue. Another crew will be constructing a bump out on Myrtle Avenue from Monday to Wednesday, and during that time, Myrtle Avenue will be closed from 7am-4pm. Abutters will need to access Myrtle Avenue via Magnolia Avenue.  On Thursday, September 26, crews will be reconstructing the raised crosswalk on Roberts Road at Cambridge Street. While crews are completing this work, Roberts Road will only be opened to abutters between 7am-4pm.

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September 16, 2013

Beginning Tuesday, crews will be onsite to continue work on the east side of the sidewalks on Hovey Avenue.

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September 9, 2013

Crews have completed the sidewalk work on the west side of Hovey Avenue. Crews are now beginning to reconstruct the sidewalks on the east side of Hovey Avenue. To view the latest update on the Myrtle/Magnolia Project, please click here.

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September 3, 2013

Crews continue to work on the sidewalk on the west side of Hovey Avenue (opposite the hospital).

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August 26, 2013

Crews continue to work on the sidewalk on the west side of Hovey Avenue (opposite the hospital). Another crew is located on Myrtle Ave performing sidewalk work.

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August 19, 2013

This week, crews are currently working on the sidewalk on the west side of Hovey Avenue (opposite the hospital).

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August 12, 2013

Crews are currently working on the sidewalk on the west side of Hovey Avenue (opposite the hospital).

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August 5, 2013

During the week of August 5, crews will be rough grading Hovey Avenue. Weather permitting, crews are expected to lay down binder course material on the Hovey Avenue roadway this Thursday. Due to rain in the forecast, this operation may be pushed to Friday.

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July 29, 2013

This week, crews will be working on the ductbank associated with the new stormwater storage tank on Hovey Avenue. Crews will also be pulverizing and fine grading the roadway.

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July 25, 2013

This afternoon, a notice regarding the status of the Myrtle/Magnolia Project will be distributed to residents in the immediate area. To view the official notice, please click here.

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July 22, 2013

This week, crews will be temporary paving the water pipe trenches, performing drainage connections and working on the telephone and electrical duct banks.

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July 17, 2013

On Friday, July 19 and Monday, July 22, Magnolia Avenue will be closed during work hours (7am-4pm) between Hovey Avenue and Roberts Road. This partial road closure is needed for the City’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corporation, to excavate and tie in the new 8” water main from Hovey Ave onto Magnolia Avenue. Vehicles coming down Magnolia Avenue will be forced to take a left onto Hovey Avenue. Lamont Avenue residents will be able to access Magnolia towards Roberts Road. Roberts Road will be open at Kirkland Street.

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July 15, 2013

Last week, crews completed the installation of the drain line on Hovey Avenue. This week, crews will begin to work to upgrade the water main on Hovey Avenue.

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July 8, 2013

This week, two crews will be onsite. The first crew will continue to install the drain line down Hovey Avenue. The second crew will be performing sidewalk work on Myrtle Ave.

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June 28, 2013

There will be no construction activity on the Myrtle/Magnolia Project for the July Fourth Holiday week.

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June 27, 2013

Due to the ongoing work at the intersection of Hovey Ave and Cambridge Street, Hovey Ave will be closed to through traffic. Another crew is located on Myrtle Ave and Myrtle Ave will only be open to residents.

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June 26, 2013

Due to utility work at the corner of Cambridge Street and Hovey Avenue, Hovey Avenue at Cambridge Street will be closed from 8am-4pm. A detour has been arranged for motorists to utilize Line Street to access Magnolia Ave and Hovey Ave.

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June 25, 2013

This week two crews will be onsite. One crew will be installing a 12" drain line on Hovey Avenue. An additional crew is performing sidewalk work and drainage work on Myrtle Avenue. Please note, Myrtle Avenue will be closed intermittently while crews work on a manhole in the area.

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June 17, 2013

The City’s contractor will be performing drainage work on Hovey Ave for the next few weeks. Another crew is working on sidewalks on Myrtle Avenue. NSTAR Electric and the city's contractor will be performing utility work at the corner of Cambridge Street and Hovey Ave.

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June 10, 2013

Crews continue to work on backfilling and temporary paving the site of excavation for  the stormwater storage tank. Another crew is located on Myrtle Ave performing sidewalk work.

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June 3, 2013

This week, crews will be installing the remainder of the stormwater storage tank on Hovey Avenue. Once it is completed, crews will begin to backfill. Another crew is working on the raised intersection at Myrtle Ave/Kirkland Street.

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May 29, 2013

This week, crews continue to work on the sidewalks on the east side of Myrtle Ave. In addition to the work on Myrtle Ave, crews will begin excavating on Hovey Ave for the installation of additional pieces of the stormwater storage tank.

In connection with the Myrtle/Magnolia Project, the City’s Contractor, D’Allessandro Corporation, will be performing the installation of a raised crosswalk on Myrtle Ave at the Kirkland Street intersection. This work is expected to take two days to complete and will begin on Monday, June 3. During this work, Myrtle Ave residents will not be able to access the roadway from Kirkland Street from Monday, June 3 at 7am to Tuesday, June 4 at 3pm. Access to Myrtle Ave must be accessed via Magnolia Ave.

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May 20, 2013

This week three crews will be onsite. Crew one will be working on the installation of the stormwater storage tank on Hovey Avenue. Crew two is working on concrete sidewalks on the east side of Myrtle Avenue. The third crew will be pouring a new concrete driveway to the entrance of Lamont Avenue on Wednesday.

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May 13, 2013

Two crews are in the project area this week. One crew is working on phase 8 of the stormwater storage tank on Hovey Ave, and the second crew is reconstructing sidewalk on the east side of Myrtle Ave.

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May 6, 2013

Three crews are in the area this week. One crew is located on Myrtle Avenue and will be performing sidewalk work. Crew two is installing the stormwater storage tank on Hovey Avenue. The third crew is performing drainage work on Lamont Avenue.

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April 30, 2013

There are two crews in the area this week. One crew is located on Hovey Ave installing the stormwater storage tank and the other crew is performing sidewalk work on the west side of Myrtle Ave.

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April 22, 2013    

This week, crews will continue with excavating and driving sheets for the installation of the stormwater storage tank.

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April 16, 2013

This week, crews will be backfilling and temporary paving the previous work zone. Crews will also begin to excavate and install steel sheeting for the next work zone. The driving of the steel sheeting will generate noise and vibrations in the immediate area.

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April 10, 2013

Beginning next Tuesday, April 16, the City's contractor will be mobilizing to Myrtle Avenue to begin Reconstruction of the roadway and sidewalks. To view the official notice, please click here. Notices will be distributed to residents in the neighborhood on Thursday, April 11.

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April 9, 2013

This week, crews continue to install steel sheets on Hovey Avenue. A crane will be on-site this week to install precast for the stormwater storage tank. In observance of Patriot's Day, the City's contractor, D'Allessandro will not be working on Monday, April 15. Work will resume on Tuesday, April 16.

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April 2, 2013

Crews continue with the installation of the stormwater storage tank on Hovey Avenue. Crews will have a crane on-site on Hovey Avenue this Friday to set precasts. Another crew is located on Kirkland Street performing sidewalk construction.

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March 28, 2013

The City's Contractor, D'Allessandro Corporation, will not be working on Hovey Avenue this coming Monday, April 1. Crews will resume work on Tuesday, April 2.

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March 26, 2013

This week, crews will have a crane on-site (Hovey Avenue) setting precast and crews will also be driving sheets to support the roadway during excavation. The restoration of Kirkland Street is expected to start on Tuesday, April 2. After crews complete the restoration of Kirkland Street, they will proceed to Myrtle Avenue for reconstruction.

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March 12, 2013

The City’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corp., will be finished this week with the structural installation of the stormwater storage tank pump station. As a result of this completion, crews will be relocating the work zone further down Hovey Avenue towards Cambridge Street on Monday, March 18th, in order to continue with the installation of the stormwater storage tank. Since crews will be mobilizing further down Hovey Avenue, two (2) Spaulding Hospital Parking Lots will have temporary access ramps, as the new work zone will be blocking the existing access ramps. Crews will be constructing one (1) ramp on Hovey Avenue and the other ramp on Roberts Road this coming Friday to allow access the hospital parking lots. To view the official notice, please click the "Documents" tab.

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March 8, 2013

Due to poor weather conditions, crews will not be working today on the stormwater storage tank on Hovey Avenue. Crews will resume work on Monday.

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March 5, 2013

Crews continue to work on the pump station associated with the stormwater storage tank on Hovey Avenue. The work zone will be relocated further down the avenue within a couple of weeks.

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February 28, 2013

Crews will be on site tonight until about 8pm with a crane installing the precast for the storage tank. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and crews have been instructed to try and limit the amount of noise generated when possible. If you have an emergency, please contact DPW at 617.347.4800.

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February 26, 2013

Crews will be excavating and laying down the mud mat on site this week. In addition the excavation, a crane will be on site Thursday, February 28th to set precast for the storage tank.

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February 19, 2013

Two (2) crews are scheduled to be on site this week. One crew will work on precast Storage Tank installation and one crew on the installation of piping and backfill of the Pump Station.

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February 8, 2013

Constructions crews will not be working on Monday, February 11th due to the City’s snow operation.

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February 7, 2013

Due to the upcoming storm, the crane set up and precast installation that was originally scheduled for tomorrow has now been pushed back to early next week.

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February 5, 2013

This week crews will be excavating on Hovey Avenue in preparation for further installation of the storage tank. This Friday (weather permitting), a crane will be on Hovey Avenue to set precast.

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January 29, 2013

Crews will be using a crane on Wednesday, January 30th, to assemble the pump station. Crews will also be conducting sewer work in the area.

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January 22, 2013

This week, crews will begin to install the base portion of the pump station.

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January 15, 2013

Crews are scheduled to continue this week with excavation on Hovey Ave. The crews will also be welding steel beams in preparation for the installation of the stormwater storage tank. The City’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corporation, will be working on Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday).

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January 9, 2013

Crews continue to work on the installation of the pump station that is associated with the stormwater storage tank.

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January 3, 2013

Crews continue to work on the installation of the pump station that is associated with the stormwater storage tank. The crew is also performing sewer work on Hovey Avenue, closest to Magnolia Avenue.

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December 20, 2012

Crews are currently working on the installation of the pump station that is associated with the stormwater storage tank.

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December 13, 2012

The City’s contractor will begin installation of a stormwater storage tank on Hovey Avenue this Monday, December 17, 2012. The stormwater storage tank, which will hold 175,000 gallons of water, is designed to help alleviate flooding in the area. Since the tank is extremely large, it will require a shutdown of Hovey Avenue on a 24 hour basis until May 2013, weather permitting.

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December 12, 2012

Crews will be paving on Myrtle Avenue this Wednesday and Thursday.

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November 26, 2012

Crews will be on Myrtle Avenue working on drainage.

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November 19, 2012

Crews will be on Myrtle Avenue installing catch basins and on Kirkland Street placing loam along the sidewalk.

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November 12, 2012

Crews continue with water and drainage work on Myrtle Avenue.  Additional crews will be out on Kirkland Street working.

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November 5, 2012

Crews continue with work on water and drainage on Myrtle Avenue this week. Another crew will be out on Kirkland Street working on sidewalks.

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October 22, 2012

- Crews will be paving Kirkland Street between Quincy Street and Beacon Street. From Monday through Thursday October 22 - 25, the road will be closed to traffic heading eastbound into Somerville during work hours of 7 AM to 4 PM. This closure will allow base paving of the drainage improvement project area on Kirkland Street. The paving work will be completed by D'Allessandro Corp. This closure of Kirkland Street is necessary due to a reduction in roadway width caused by construction equipment. Pedestrian access and access into properties will be maintained at all times, but may be restricted in certain ways. Driveway access may be restricted at times.

- Crews continue with work on water and drainage on Myrtle Avenue this week.

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October 17, 2012

On the weekend of October 20 and 21, Kirkland Street between Irving Street and Beacon Street will be closed to through traffic during work hours of 7 AM to 7 PM. The road will be reopened overnight. From Monday through Wednesday October 22 - 24, the road will be closed to traffic heading eastbound into Somerville during work hours of 7 AM to 4 PM. This closure will allow base paving of the drainage improvement project area on Kirkland Street. The paving work will be completed by D'Allessandro Corp. This closure of Kirkland Street is necessary due to a reduction in roadway width caused by construction equipment. Pedestrian access and access into properties will be maintained at all times, but may be restricted in certain ways. Driveway access may be restricted at times.  Please click here for more information.

 

 

The City's contractor, D'Allessandro Corp., has completed the sewer main installation on Magnolia Ave. Crews are now installing a new stormwater main on Magnolia Ave.  We expect this work to continue through mid June. Once the utility on Magnolia Ave is complete, crews will begin roadway and sidewalk reconstruction (week of July 9).

Construction will be completed in phases, and will take 16-18 months to complete. General work hours will be 7 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday.

We will continue to provide updates as the project moves forward.

 

Mid-Cambridge has a history of flooding and sewer backups during heavy rain. The stormwater storage tank on Hovey St will provide storage capacity for stormwater during periods of heavy rain. This project will enable further sewer and stormwater separation to go forward in the Mid-Cambridge neighborhood.

The project includes the following improvements:

  • A stormwater storage tank on Hovey Ave.
  • New sewer and water mains on Myrtle Ave, Magnolia Ave, and a section of Hovey Ave.
  • Associated surface restoration to include new roadways, sidewalks and street trees.
  • Sidewalk improvements to accommodate pedestrian access at several existing large street trees.
  • Potential improvements to the Myrtle/Magnolia crosswalk.

  • Excavation
  • Base of Pump Station
  • Tank Installation

Cambridge Department of Public Works
147 Hampshire Street

Office hours are Mondays, 8:30 AM to 8 PM
Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Fridays, 8:30 AM to 12 noon

 

For information or questions related to construction, please contact Frank Trubiano, Resident Engineer at 617.590.2996 or FTrubiano@kleinfelder.com. Frank is onsite daily.

You may also contact Chris Neil at cneil@cambridgema.gov 617.349.4826.  Please contact Chris if you would like to receive updates via email.

For 24-hour emergency assistance call 617.349.4800.

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139

Phone:617.349.4800
TDD:617.499.9924

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm
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Owen O'Riordan
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