Western Ave Reconstruction Project

Reconstruction of Western Ave between Green St and Memorial Dr

April 17, 2014

Crews will not be working on Monday, April 21, due to the Patriot's Day Holiday. Work will resume on Tuesday, April 22.

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April 15, 2014

This week there will be several crews onsite. One crew will be performing full-depth reconstruction at the Green Street intersection. The second crews is installing catch basins near the Green Street intersection. The third crew is performing sewer work at the Kinnaird Street intersection. Later this week, the third crew will begin to replace the sewer line (75 feet) on Kinnaird Street, traveling north towards Putnam Avenue. The last crew is performing water work on Kinnaird Street, Franklin Street and Pleasant Street.

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March 31, 2014

This week, there will be 5 crews onsite. One crew will be installing catchbasins at Pleasant Street and Franklin Street. Another crew is performing drainage work at the intersection of Soden Street and Western Avenue. Crews are performing sidewalk work at the Putnam Avenue/Western Avenue intersection.  NSTAR Gas currently has a crew at Franklin Street/Pleasant Street and will be mobilizing to Green Street later in the week.

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March 26, 2014

This week, there will be several crews located on Western Avenue. The crews will be performing drain and sewer line installations between Soden Street and Green Street. Another crew is located on Pleasant Street between Franklin Street and Western Avenue upgrading the water main.

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March 19, 2014

This week, there will be several crews on Western Avenue performing the installation of the new drain and sewer lines between Soden Street and Green Street. Anther crew is located on Pleasant Street between Franklin Street and Western Avenue, updating the water main.

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March 17, 2014

Beginning Wednesday, March 19, crews will be rehabilitating the sewer mains on Western Avenue between Gilmore Street and Memorial Drive, by using a method referred to as cured in place piple-lining.  This system will provide a new, jointless sewer pipe that minimizes root and water infiltration problems, improves flow, and provides for a more structural sound pipe without the need for excavation. This work is expected to be completed within a week and a half. During this work, crews will be working on a 24 hour basis, but will not be performing any work on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23. Motorists and cyclists traveling on Western Ave may experience delays, so please be sure to allow ample time to reach your destination. Pedestrians will maintain access for the duration of the work. As mentioned above, there is no excavation required for the work that is scheduled to be performed, so the amount of noise generated will be very limited. Crews will have generators and pumps onsite to assist with the operation. Please note that poor weather conditions may extend the length of the work.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this work, please do not hesitate to contact me. In case of emergencies, please dial the DPW 24-hotline at 617-349-4800.

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March 16, 2014

On Thursday, March 20, DPW will be hosting an ice cream social event at the Moore Youth Center, which is located on Gilmore Street next to Hoyt Field, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This event will provide another opportunity for residents to speak with project staff about the progress and upcoming construction activities. Staff will have large visual displays that will show what progress that has been made, the tree canopy plan for the avenue, the upcoming surface work schedule, and information related to the “Celebrate the Coast” art project. If weather seems questionable for the event, please  contact Chris Neil, Community Relations Manager,the morning of the event at 617-349.4825. We hope to see you there!
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March 14, 2014

The plaque locations associated with the "Celebrate the Coast" art project, is now available for viewing under the "Documents" tab.

Over the next couple of weeks, there will be two community outreach events associated with the Western Avenue Reconstruction Project. This Saturday, March 15, project staff will be at The Winter’s Farmers Market located at 5 Callender Street, from 11am-1pm. Project staff will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the progress of the project and the work that still lies ahead. On Thursday, March 20, DPW will be hosting an ice cream social event at the Moore Youth Center, which is located on Gilmore Street next to Hoyt Field, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This event will provide another opportunity for residents to speak with project staff about the progress and upcoming construction activities.

At both events, we will have large visual displays that will show what progress that has been made, the tree canopy plan for the avenue, the upcoming surface work schedule, and information related to the “Celebrate the Coast” art project. If weather seems questionable for either event, please feel free to contact me the morning of the event at 617-349.4825. We hope to see you there and please be sure to tell your friends and neighbors who live in the area about the upcoming events.

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March 13, 2014

The Cronin Park design plans are now available for viewing under the "Documents" tab.

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March 11, 2014

This week, there will be several crews located on Western Avenue. The crews will be performing drain and sewer line installations east of Frankling Street  and at the intersection of Soden Street and Western Avenue.

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March 7, 2104

On Saturday, March 8, crews will be on Western Avenue cleaning and tv'ing the current sewer line. The work is scheduled to take place between 9am-4pm. Every effort will be made to finish as soon as possible. Minimal noise will be associated with the work, as there will be a vacuum truck onsite to assist with the cleaning of the sewer line.

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March 4, 2014

There will be a few crews working on the Western Avenue Reconstruction Project this week. One crew is located on Western Avenue between Pleasant Street and Green Street performing sewer and drain line work. Another crew is located on Pleasant Street between Western Avenue and Franklin Street working on the installation of the new water main, and sewer/drain lines. The last crew will be cleaning up various work zones along the avenue.

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February 26, 2014

This week, there will be several crews on Western Avenue this week. One crew will be working on the installation on the new water main, sewer line and drain line on Pleasant Street between Frankling Street and Western Avenue. Two other crews are working on the the installation of the sewer and drain lines between Kinnaird Street and Green Street.

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February 13, 2014

In association with the Western Avenue Reconstruction Project, the City’s Contractor, D’Allessandro Corp., is expected to install a new water main, sewer line, and drain line on Pleasant Street between Franklin Street and Western Avenue. In order to complete the work, crews will need to close Pleasant Street from Massachusetts Avenue to Western Avenue. Weather permitting, the closure is expected to go into effect during the week of February 17 (after the President’s Day Holiday). Due to the nature of the work, the street closure will be in effect for 4 weeks. Detour signage will be in place to direct motorists to an alternative route. Pleasant Street abutters will maintain access throughout the duration of the street closure.

What to expect during construction

• General work hours will be from 7AM to 4PM, Monday thru Friday.

• Motorists, except for abutters will not be able to access Pleasant Street between Massachusetts Avenue and Western Avenue during general work hours.

• Police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic management.

• “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.

Every effort will be made to limit the amount of noise generated, but excavators, saws and other equipment are required to complete the work.

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February 11, 2014

There will be several crews on Western Avenue this week to perform utility work. One crew is performing water work and paving trenches in the Western Avenue/Jay Street intersection. Another crew is working east of Kinnaird Street (heading towards Central Square) installing the new drain and sewer structures. The last crew is working on the water main on Franklin Street between Pleasant Street and Western Avenue. That section of Franklin Street will be closed during general work hours (Monday thru Friday 7am-4pm) for 2 weeks.

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January 31, 2014

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Franklin Street closure that was originally scheduled to begin on Monday, February 3 has been postponed until the week of February 10. This closure is in association with the Western Avenue Reconstruction Project. The City’s Contractor, D’Allessandro Corp., will be installing a new water main and drain system on Franklin Street between Pleasant Street and Western Avenue. The work is expected to take 2 weeks to complete. During the weeks of February 10 and February 17, motorists will not be able to access Franklin Street between Pleasant Street and Western Avenue during general work hours (Monday thru Friday 7am-4pm). Please see reverse side of notice to view work zone location.

What to expect during construction

• General work hours will be from 7AM to 4PM, Monday thru Friday.

• Vehicles will not be able to access Franklin Street between Pleasant Street and Western Avenue during general work hours.

• Police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic management.

• “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.

• Every effort will be made to limit the amount of noise generated, but excavators, saws and other equipment are required to complete the work.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE OFFICIAL NOTICE.

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January 30, 2014

In association with the Western Avenue Reconstruction Project, the City’s Contractor, D’Allessandro Corp., is expected to install a new water main and drain system on Franklin Street between Pleasant Street and Western Avenue. The work is expected to begin Monday, February 3 and is expected to be completed in 2 weeks. Please see reverse side of notice to view work zone location.

What to expect during construction

• General work hours will be from 7AM to 4PM, Monday thru Friday.

• Vehicles will not be able to access Franklin Street between Pleasant Street and Western Avenue during general work hours.

• Police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic management.

• “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.

• Every effort will be made to limit the amount of noise generated, but excavators, saws and other equipment are required to complete the work.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE OFFICIAL NOTICE.

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January 28, 2014

There are three crews onsite this week. Crew is located at the intersections of Western Ave/Kinnaird Street, Western Ave/Jay Street, and Western Ave/Pleasant Street installing the new sewer and drain lines. Please see below for travel restrictions during work hours (Mon-Fri 7am-4pm).

• Motorists traveling south on Jay Street and Kinnaird Street will be able to take a right onto Western Avenue, but will not be able to go through the Western Avenue intersection.

• Residents that live on Jay Street and Kinnaird Street (between Western Avenue and River Street) will need to exit the roadway via River Street.

• During the scheduled travel restrictions, motorists will be detoured to  Pleasant Street to access Western Avenue.

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January 14, 2014

There are three crews onsite this week. Crew is located at the intersections of Western Ave/Kinnaird Street, Western Ave/Jay Street, and Western Ave/Howard Street installing the new sewer and drain lines. This work will impact traffic in the area for 2-3 weeks. Please see below for travel restrictions during work hours (Mon-Fri 7am-4pm).

• Motorists traveling south on Jay Street and Kinnaird Street will be able to take a right onto Western Avenue, but will not be able to go through the Western Avenue intersection.

• Howard Street will also be closed intermittently.

• Residents that live on Jay Street and Kinnaird Street (between Western Avenue and River Street) will need to exit the roadway via River Street.

• During the scheduled travel restrictions, motorists will be detoured to Howard Street, when open, and Pleasant Street, to access Western Avenue.

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January 8, 2014

There are three crews onsite this week. Crew is located at the intersections of Western Ave/Kinnaird Street, Western Ave/Jay Street, and Western Ave/Howard Street installing the new sewer and drain lines. This work will impact traffic in the area for 3-4 weeks. Please see below for travel restrictions during work hours (Mon-Fri 7am-4pm).

• Motorists traveling south on Jay Street and Kinnaird Street will be able to take a right onto Western Avenue, but will not be able to go through the Western Avenue intersection.

• Howard Street will also be closed intermittently.

• Residents that live on Jay Street and Kinnaird Street (between Western Avenue and River Street) will need to exit the roadway via River Street.

• During the scheduled travel restrictions, motorists will be detoured to Howard Street, when open, and Pleasant Street, to access Western Avenue.

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December 5, 2013

Over the next several weeks, crews will continue with sewer and drain work at Kinnaird Street and Jay Street and will be making their way towards Central Square. Another crew will be on hand to complete sidewalk work on Hews Street and the last crew will digging test pits for the new traffic signals at the intersection of Howard Street and Western Avenue.

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November 18, 2013

The contractor is scheduled to have three (3) crews onsite this week. The first crew will be performing drain work on Western Avenue at Jay Street. The second crew will be performing sewer work at Howard Street. The third crew will be installing raised crosswalks on Hews Street and Montague Street at the Western Ave intersection.

To view the latest update for the Western Ave Project, please click on the "Documents" tab.

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November, 4, 2013

The contractor is scheduled to have several crews onsite this week. The first crew will be performing drain work on Western Avenue from Howard Street to Jay Street. The second crew will be performing sewer work at Jay Street. Crews three and four will be pouring sidewalks on the north side between Putnam Avenue and Hews Street. 

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October 28, 2013

The contractor is scheduled to have five (5) crews onsite this week. The first crew will be performing sewer and drain work on Western Avenue from Howard Street to Jay Street. The second crew will be performing sewer work at Jay Street. Crews three and four will be reconstructing the sidewalk from Putnam Avenue to Dodge Street on the north side. The last crew will be working on water services.

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October 22, 2013

This week, there will be 4 crews onsite. One crew will be working on sewer and drain near at the Howard Street intersection. Another crew is working on a sewer manhole at Jay St, and the last two crews are performing sidewalk work near Putnam Avenue.

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October 8, 2013

This week, there will be several crews onsite. One crew is working on the drainage system at Pleasant Street. The second crew is performing sewer work on Howard Street. The third crew is placing curb between Riverside Place and Putnam Avenue. The last crew will be grinding and paving the roadway from Putnam Avenue to Dodge Street on Putnam Avenue.

Please note that crews will be working on Monday, October 14.

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October 7, 2013

Please read the latest notice regarding paving operations this week (Tuesday), Dust Control Issues, Surface Work Updates, Block Captains, and Harvard University Parking. Please click here to view the notice.

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October 3, 2013

In connection with the Western Avenue Reconstruction Project, crews will be performing roadway paving operations on Memorial Drive between Western Avenue and Hingham Street tomorrow (Friday), October 4 and Saturday, October 5. Crews were originally scheduled to perform this work from 9pm on Friday night through 5pm on Saturday evening. To help minimize the inconvenience for residents and motorists, crews are now scheduled to grind the roadway tomorrow from 9am-3pm and the remainder of the paving operations will take place on Saturday from 6am-5pm. During these scheduled work hours, Memorial Drive, between Western Avenue and Hingham Street, will be limited to one lane of travel in each direction and Western Avenue, near the Memorial Drive intersection, will be intermittently limited to one lane of travel. Access for cyclists and pedestrians using the Charles River path will remain at all times. Police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic management. This work is being performed in order to repair the roadway that was disturbed during the installation of the new 36” drain line between the new outfall at the Charles River and Western Avenue.

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September 30, 2013

This week, there will be several crews onsite. One crew will be performing sewer and drainage work on Western Avenue at Howard Street. The second crew is located on Pleasant Street performing drain and sewer work at the intersection. The third crew is setting curb on the south side of Western Avenue at Blackstone Street. The fourth crew is working on drainage at Putnam Ave as well as reconstructing the intersection. The last crew is working on sidewalks on the south side of Western Ave between Montague St and Bancroft St.

Over the next couple of weeks, crews will be working in areas in and around Western Avenue that will have an effect on traffic in the area. Please see below for the upcoming activities.

Putnam Ave. Closure
Beginning Tuesday, September 24, the northbound lanes (traveling towards Harvard Square) on Putnam Ave. between Western Ave. and River St. will be closed during working hours (7am – 4pm), Monday through Friday for approximately 2 weeks. This closure is required for crews to perform full-depth reconstruction of the Putnam Ave./Western Ave. intersection. Motorists traveling northbound on Putnam Ave. will be detoured at River Street and Western Ave. Putnam Avenue will be re-opened at the end of the work day and police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic management. “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.


Howard Street Closure
Beginning Tuesday, October 1, Howard Street will be closed from Western Avenue to Callender Street during general work hours (Monday thru Friday, 7am-4pm) while crews install a new sewer and drain line in the Howard Street area.. This work is in connection with the Western Avenue Reconstruction Project and the work is expected to take two weeks to complete. Residents living on Howard Street between Western Avenue and Callender Street will maintain access, but will only be able to access Howard Street via Kinnaird Street or Callender Street. Police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic management and “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of construction. Howard Street will be reopened at the end of each work day.

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September 26, 2013

As part of the on-going Western Avenue Project, the City’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corporation, was originally scheduled to close Memorial Drive for paving operations this coming weekend. Due to scheduling conflicts, the contractor has rescheduled the Memorial Drive closure for the weekend of October 4th and October 5th. Memorial Dr. will be closed from Western Ave. to Hingham St. beginning Friday, October 4 at 9pm and ending at 5pm on Saturday, October 5. This closure is needed so that crews can grind and pave the roadway that was disturbed during the installation of the new 36” drain line between the new outfall at the Charles River and Western Ave. Due to the heavy traffic volumes on Memorial Drive, this work needs to be completed at night or during the weekend. Every effort will be made to limit the amount of noise generated while completing the work.

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September 23, 2013

This week there will be several crews onsite. One crew will be performing sewer and drainage work on Western Avenue at Howard Street. The second crew is located on Pleasant Street performing draining work at the intersection. The third crew is setting curb on the north side of Western Avenue between Memorial Drive and Putnam Avenue. The last crews is performing full depth reconstruction from Putnam Avenue to Montague Street.

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September 20, 2013

Over the next couple of weeks, crews will be working in areas in and around Western Avenue that will have an effect on traffic in the area. Please see below for the upcoming activities.

Putnam Ave. Closure
Beginning Monday, September 23, the northbound lanes (traveling towards Harvard Square) on Putnam Ave. between Western Ave. and River St. will be closed during working hours (7am – 4pm), Monday through Friday for approximately 2 weeks. This closure is required for crews to perform full-depth reconstruction of the Putnam Ave./Western Ave. intersection. Motorists traveling northbound on Putnam Ave. will be detoured at River Street and Western Ave. Putnam Avenue will be re-opened at the end of the work day and police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic management. “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.

Memorial Dr. Closure
As part of the on-going Western Avenue Project, the City’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corp., will be closing Memorial Dr. from Western Ave. to Hingham St. beginning Friday, October 4 at 9pm and ending at 5pm on Saturday, October 5. This closure is needed so that crews can grind and pave the roadway that was disturbed during the installation of the new 36” drain line between the new outfall at the river and Western Ave. Due to the heavy traffic volumes on Memorial Drive, this work needs to be completed at night or during the weekend. Every effort will be made to limit the amount of noise generated while completing the work.

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September 19, 2013

Please take a look at the latest schedule and progress report for the Western Avenue Reconstruction Project under the "Documents" tab.

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September 16, 2013

On Monday and Tuesday, crews will be grinding and paving the roadway on Western Avenue from Memorial Drive to Putnam Avenue. For the remainder of the week, crews will continue with the installation of the 36" drain and sewer lines at Gilmore Street (working towards Central Sq.). Another crew is located on Pleasant Street performing drainage work, and the last crew is located between Pleasant Street and Green Street performing tests to the new water main.

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September 13, 2013

The City’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corporation, will begin grinding and paving the roadway on Western Avenue between Memorial Drive and Putnam Avenue this coming Monday and Tuesday. Grinding is expected to take place on Monday, followed by paving operations on Tuesday. During these operations, traffic will be impacted for all of Western Avenue. We encourage you to inform anyone you may know who utilizes Western Avenue to seek an alternative route. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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September 9, 2013

There will be four crews working on Western Avenue this week. First crew will be working on drain/sewer work at Gilmore Street and working east on Western Avenue. The second crew will be working on drainage and sewer east on Western Avenue near Pleasant Street. Third crew will be working on the water main from Pleasant Street to Green Street. The last crew continues to perform sidewalk restoration between Blackstone Street and Putnam Avenue. Paving operations will tentatively take place on Thursday and Friday of this week.

September 3, 2013

There will be four crews working on Western Avenue this week. First crew will be working on drain/sewer work at Hews Street and working east on Western Avenue. The second crew will be working on drainage and sewer east on Western Avenue near Pleasant Street. Third crew will be working on the water main from Pleasant Street to Green Street. The last crew continues to perform sidewalk restoration between Blackstone Street and Putnam Avenue.
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August 29, 2013

To view the most recent Western Avenue Reconstruction Project Update, please click here.

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August 26, 2013

There will be four crews working on Western Avenue this week. First crew will be working on drain/sewer work at Dodge Street and working east on Western Avenue. The second crew will be working on drainage and sewer east on Western Avenue near Soden Street. Third crew will be working on water services from Kinnaird Street to Pleasant Street and also working on hydrants. The last crew is beginning sidewalk restoration between Blackstone Street and Putnam Avenue.

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August 19, 2013

There will be four crews working on Western Avenue this week. First crew will be working on a sewer on Dodge Street along with some drainage work east on Western Avenue. The second crew will be working on drainage and sewer east on Western Avenue near Soden Street. Third crew will be working on water services from Kinnaird Street to Pleasant Street and also working on hydrants. The last crew is beginning sidewalk restoration between Blackstone Street and Putnam Avenue.

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August 12, 2013

This week, there will be three crews onsite. Crew one will be installing sewer piping at Dodge Street. The second crew will be installing 36" sewer and drain pipes on Western Ave between Jay Street and Kinnaird Street. The third crew is working on water services from Kinnaird Street to Pleasant Street.

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August 7, 2013

Due to the current construction activity on Blackstone Street that is associated with the Western Avenue Reconstruction Project, Blackstone Street will not be swept by the City of Cambridge this week. We continue to work with the city’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corporation, regarding the cleanliness of Blackstone Street in the absence of the city’s street sweepers. City street sweepers will be sweeping Blackstone Street in September.

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August 5, 2013

This week, there will be four crews onsite. Crew one will be installing a sewer manhole at Dodge Street. The second crew will be installing 36" sewer and drain pipes on Western Ave. The third crew is working on water services from Kinnaird Street to Pleasant Street. The last crew will be installing catch basins along Western Avenue.

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July 29, 2013

This week, there will be four crews onsite. Crew one will be installing a sewer manhole at Dodge Street. The second crew will be performing drainage work. The third crew will be excavating at Green Street to explore water services. The last crew will be installing a sewer manhole at Hews Street.

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July 25, 2013

This afternoon, a notice regarding the status of the Western Ave 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, there will be four crews onsite. Crew one will be installing a sewer manhole at Dodge Street. The second crew will be performing drainage work. The third crew will be working on the water main at the corner of Western Ave and Soden Street. The last crew will be installing catch basins up and down Western Avenue.

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July 15, 2013

During the week of July 15, there will be four (4) crews onsite. Crew one will be installing 36" drain pipe on Western Ave between Hews Street and Dodge Street. The second crew will be installing drain pipe into an existing drainage structure. The last two crews will be installing catch basins up and down Western Avenue.

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July 8, 2013

This week, there will be four crews working on the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. One crew will be installing a 36" drain on Western Ave near Hews Street. Crew number two will be working on the 12" water main at Kinnaird Street. The third crew is update services on Western Ave between Riverside Place and Putnam Ave. The last crew is installing catch basins at the intersection of Western Ave and Dodge Street.

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June 17, 2013

Two crews will be working on drainage this week east on Western Avenue. Another crew is currently installing performing work at the outfall at the Charles River. Additional crew will be working on the 12" water main at the Kinnaird Street/Western Avenue intersection.

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June 10, 2013

Crews this week will be working west of Blackstone Street and east of Putnam Avenue on Western Avenue on drainage. Another crew will be working on the water main on Western Ave. between Howard St. and Jay St.

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June 3, 2013

During the week of June 3, there will be three crews onsite. One crew is performing water service tie-ins at Jay Street. The second crew is performing drainage work on Putnam Avenue. The third crew is performing drainage work near the intersection of Blackstone Street/Western Ave.

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May 29, 2013

During the week of May 27, four crews will be onsite. One crew will be working on the water main on Kinnaird Street. Crew two will be working on drainage at the Western Ave and Putnam Ave intersection. Crews three and four will be working of the sewer on Putnam Ave and the water main at Western Ave/Jay St.

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May 20, 2013

This week, there will be 3 crews onsite. Crew one is installing a drainage structure between Memorial Drive and Blackstone Street. Crew two is installing a new sewer line on Putnam Avenue, and the third crew is working on water service tie-ins at Howard Street.

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May 17, 2013

Beginning Monday, May 20, Putnam Avenue between River Street and Western Avenue will be open to eastbound traffic only during working hours (7 am – 4 pm), Monday through Friday for approximately 2 weeks. This lane closure is required for the installation of a new sewer manhole and new sewer mains on Putnam Avenue. Westbound traffic (Cambridgeport to Harvard Square) will be detoured at River Street.  Police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic management. Access for abutters will be provided via River Street. General work hours will be Monday thru Friday, 7am-4pm and Putnam Avenue will be fully functional at the end of the work day (4pm).

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May 15, 2013

Over the past couple of months, the City’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corp., completed the installation of a new 36” drain line on Memorial Drive between the new outfall at the Charles River and Western Avenue. Crews will be on Memorial Drive this Saturday to pave the street. Memorial Drive will be limited to one lane of travel in each direction (Hingham Street to Western Ave) from 6am-6pm on Saturday, May 18. This paving operation will enhance the road conditions for motorists on Memorial Drive. Motorists should expect travel delays on both Memorial Drive and Western Avenue, so please allow for extra time. Access for cyclists and pedestrians using the Charles River path will remain at all times.
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May 13, 2013

There are currently three (3) crews located on Western Ave this week. One crew is backfilling a trench at the intersection of Western Ave and Blackstone Street. Another crew is installing a sewer manhole on Blackstone Street and the last crew is excavating at the corner of Memorial Drive and Western Ave.

Over the past couple of months, the City’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corp., completed the installation of a new 36” drain line on Memorial Drive between the new outfall at the Charles River and Western Avenue. Crews will be on Memorial Drive this Saturday, May 18, from 6am-6pm to pave the street. This paving operation will enhance the road conditions for motorists on Memorial Drive. Expect travel delays on both Memorial Drive and Western Avenue. Please allow for extra time.

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May 6, 2013

There are three (3) crews located in the Western Ave area this week. Crew one is installing a manhole between Blackstone Street and Memorial Drive. Crew two is installing a sewer man hole on Blackstone Street and crew three is performing upgrades on the water main near Howard Street.

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April 30, 2013

This week, there are three crews working on Western Avenue. Two crews are installing two manholes on Western Avenue between Blackstone Street and Memorial Drive. The third crew is working on the water main on Western Avenue near Howard Street.

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April 29, 2013

On Friday, May 3, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the corner of Howard Street and Western Avenue. This work is in connection with the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main between 9AM and 3PM. We will make every effort to expedite this work to minimize the length of time the water will be shut down. Please take appropriate steps to store water for your anticipated needs during this time. Affected properties will be notified on Tuesday, April 30.

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April 24, 2013

The Western Ave Reconstruction Project Monthly Update for April 2013 is now available. This document can be found by clicking here or by visiting the "documents" tab.

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April 23, 2013

This week crews will finish backfilling and paving of the trench that was dug to install the 36" drain line near the Memorial Drive intersection. In addition to the backfilling and paving, crews will be working on water gates, tie-ins, and water services (between Gilmore and Howard on Western Ave).

Beginning Thursday, April 25, 2013, the contractor will be installing two large diameter manholes and 4 catch basins, and also continuing with the installation of the 36” drain line on Western Avenue in the vicinity of Blackstone Street. Due to the size and location of the structures, this work will impact access to and from Blackstone Street for the next 6 – 8 weeks. During general working hours (Monday thru Friday 7am-4pm), Blackstone Street residents and employees will only be able to enter and exit Blackstone Street from River Street. During non-working hours, residents and employees will be able to enter Blackstone Street at Western Avenue, but will not be able to exit Blackstone Street at Western Avenue.

The contractor will be relocating the equipment and materials currently located on the east side (Central Square side) of Blackstone Street, to the west side (Charles River side), adjacent to the Harvard University buildings. The goal is to reduce the impacts on the residential building to the extent feasible.

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April 16, 2013

This week, crews will be backfilling and paving over the work zone that was used to install the 36" drain line. In addition to backfilling, crews will be installing a sewer manhole near Gilmore Street and Western Ave.

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the corner of Jay Street and Western Avenue. This work is in connection with the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main between 9AM and 3PM. All affected properties were notified on Friday, April 12. We will make every effort to expedite this work to minimize the length of time the water will be shut down. Please take appropriate steps to store water for your anticipated needs during this time.

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April 11, 2013

On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the corner of Soden Street and Western Avenue. This work is in connection with the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main between 9AM and 3PM. All affected properties will be notified on Thursday, April 11. We will make every effort to expedite this work to minimize the length of time the water will be shut down. Please take appropriate steps to store water for your anticipated needs during this time.

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April 10, 2013

On Friday, April 12, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the corner of Kinnaird Street and Western Avenue. This work is in connection with the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main between 9AM and 3PM. All affected properties have been notified. We will make every effort to expedite this work to minimize the length of time the water will be shut down. Please take appropriate steps to store water for your anticipated needs during this time.

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April 9, 2013

This week, crews continue to work on the installation of the 36" drain line on Western Ave near the Memorial Drive intersection. Upgrades to the water main on Western Ave from Putnam Ave to Gilmore Street has been completed. Crews continue to work on the water services between Gilmore Street and Putnam Ave, and will be conducting sewer work on Bancroft Street. 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 8, 2013

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the corner of Kinnaird Street and Western Avenue. This work is in connection with the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main between 9AM and 3PM. All affected properties will be notified today, April 5. We will make every effort to expedite this work to minimize the length of time the water will be shut down. Please take appropriate steps to store water for your anticipated needs during this time.

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April 5, 2013

Today, April 5, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the corner of Jay Street and Western Avenue. This work is in connection with the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main between 9AM and 3PM. All affected properties were notified on Tuesday, April 2. We will make every effort to expedite this work to minimize the length of time the water will be shut down. Please take appropriate steps to store water for your anticipated needs during this time.

On Monday, April 8, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the corner of Kinnaird Street and Western Avenue. This work is in connection with the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main between 9AM and 3PM. All affected properties will be notified today, April 5. We will make every effort to expedite this work to minimize the length of time the water will be shut down. Please take appropriate steps to store water for your anticipated needs during this time.

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April 2, 2013

This week, crews will be perform water service upgrades on Western Avenue between Putnam Avenue and Gilmore Street. Crews will also be working on the water main on Western Avenue from Gilmore Street to Howard Street.  Drain line installation continues near the intersection of Western Avenue and Memorial Drive. Travel lanes will be reduced to one lane from Putnam Avenue to Memorial Drive on Western Avenue Monday thru Friday, from 7am-4pm. To avoid significant delays, we are encouraging motorists to find alternative routes to their destination. MBTA bus riders should expect delays on Western Avenue during the morning commute and early evening commute.

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March 28, 2013

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

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March 26, 2013

Crews have recently completed the following work over the past week:

  • Catch Basins on the north side of Putnam Avenue
  • Installation of the 36"drain on the Memorial Drive.
  • Paving of Memorial Drive on the outbound and inbound lanes.

This week, crews are expected to work on the water main on Western Avenue from Putnam Avenue to Howard Street, water service tie-ins at intersections, installation of the 36" drain line on Western Avenue, and sewer work on the south side of Putnam Avenue.

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March 22, 2013

Over the next few weeks (Beginning Monday, March 25), the City’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corp., will be working on the installation of the 36” drain line on Western Ave near Memorial Drive. This work will impact the traffic on Western Ave, as Western Ave will be reduced to one lane of travel during work hours between Blackstone Street and Memorial Drive. After working hours, motorist will regain three lanes of travel between Blackstone Street and Memorial Drive.

What To Expect During Construction
• General work hours will be 7am – 4pm, Monday thru Friday. If any night or weekend work is required by the contractor, you will be notified with a separate notice.

• One travel lane will be accessible on Western Ave (Blackstone Street to Memorial Drive) between 7am-4pm (Monday thru Friday). After 4pm, motorists will regain access to three travel lanes on Western Ave.

• Police details will be on-site to assist with traffic management.

• Noise will be generated from excavators, saws and other equipment that are required to complete the work.

To view the official notice, please click here.

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March 20, 2013

Crews have started working on the sewer this morning on the south side of Putnam Ave.  Putnam Ave is closed at Western Ave, detouring traffic to Blackstone Street to get to River Street. A "Road Closed" sign is located at River Street and Putnam Avenue, but local abutters can access Putnam Ave down to Ballord Place, where an additional detour sign is set up to send traffic to Montague and then back to Western Ave.

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March 19, 2013

Over this past weekend, the City’s contractor, D’Allessandro Corp., made great progress on the installation of the new 36” drain line between the new outfall at the Charles River and Western Avenue. Additional work is needed to complete this phase of the work. In order to alleviate the disruption to the community, overnight work WILL NOT take place this week (Monday-Thursday) on Memorial Drive. Crews will be working on a 24 hour basis this weekend.

What to Expect During Construction
• Memorial Drive will be closed (Hingham Street to Western Ave) from Friday, March 22nd at 9pm to 6am Saturday, March 23rd. (Map of detour can be found in official notice)

• Traffic will be limited to single lanes of travel in both directions on Memorial Drive (between Hingham St. and Western Avenue) from Saturday, March 23rd at 6am to 9pm on Sunday, March 24th.

• Western Avenue will be consolidated into one lane of travel between Putnam Ave and Memorial Drive.

• Access for cyclists and pedestrians using the Charles River path will remain at all times.

• Every effort will be made to limit the amount of noise generated, but excavators, saws and other equipment are required to complete the work.

Please click here to view the official notice.

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March 18, 2013

This week, crews will be working on the south side of Putnam Ave performing sewer work. Putnam Ave (River Street to Western Ave) will remain closed and only open to local traffic between 7am-4pm, Monday thru Friday. Crews are also working on the 8" water main on Western Avenue, heading towards Central Square.

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March 15, 2013

Tonight (Friday) from 9pm-6am, Memorial Drive will be closed from Hingham Street to Western Ave and motorists will need to utilize the detour route that has been in affect over the past two weeks during the evening. Please click here to see detour route.

Beginning at 6am on Saturday, Memorial Drive will be limited to single lanes of travel in each direction between Hingham Street and Western Ave. This traffic management plan is expected to be in effect until 5am Monday. There is a possibility that Sunday evening (9 pm-5 am) will revert back to a full closure on Memorial Drive, with motorists utilizing the detour plan.

In order to expedite this phase of the work and to limit the amount of disruption to the community during week nights, crews will proceed to work this weekend. Every effort will be made to limit the amount of noise generated, but excavators, saws and other equipment are required to complete the work.
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March 12, 2013

Due to the poor weather conditions expected for this evening, the Memorial Drive closure that was scheduled for this evening (Tuesday) from 9pm-5am will not occur.

This week crews will be working on the 12" Water

main on Western Ave from Bancroft to Howard Street and continue with sewer work on the north side of Putnam Ave.

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March 11, 2013

On Thursday, March 14, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the corner of Western Avenue and Howard Street. Residents on Howard Street and Western Ave who will be affected by the water shutdown will be notified on today, March 11, 2013. This work is in connection with the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main and this will take place between 9AM and 4PM.

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March 8, 2013

Due to poor weather conditions, crews will not be conducting sewer work today at the intersection of Western Ave and Putnam Ave. The Memorial Drive closure that was scheduled for this evening (FRIDAY) from 9pm-5am will not occur due to the snowy conditions.

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March 7, 2013

Due to poor weather conditions, crews will not be conducting sewer work today at the intersection of Western Ave and Putnam Ave. The Memorial Drive closure that was scheduled for this evening from 9pm-5am will not occur due to the snowy conditions. 

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March 5, 2013

This week, crews will be working on the water main crossing Hews Street, performing sewer work at the intersection of Putnam Avenue and Western Avenue. A crew will continue with Memorial Drive night work. Memorial Drive will be closed Sun-Fri from 9pm-5am from Western Ave to Hingham Street. Please view the official notice under the "Documents" tab for more information and detour routes.

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March 4, 2013

On Wednesday, March 6, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the corner of Western Avenue and Howard Street. Residents on Howard Street and Western Ave who will be affected by the water shutdown will be notified on today, March 4, 2013. This work is in connection with the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main and this will take place between 9AM and 4PM.

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March 1 2013

Memorial Drive will be closed Sunday thru Friday 9pm-5am from Western Ave to Hingham St. over the next several weeks due to the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. The contractor will be constructing a new 36” drain line between the new outfall at the river and Western Avenue.   Please view the official notice under the "Documents" tab for more information and detour routes.

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February 26, 2013

Crews are currently working on the water main on Western Ave between Putnam Ave and Howard St. and over the next 2 weeks, D’Allessandro Corporation crews will be connecting the existing Putnam Avenue sewer into the Western Avenue sewer system. Given the location and complexity of this work, traffic on both Western Avenue and Putnam Avenue will be impacted. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

During work hours, 7 AM to 4 PM, Monday - Friday, Western Avenue will be reduced to one lane at Putnam Avenue and Putnam Avenue will be restricted to southbound traffic only. Northbound traffic on Putnam Avenue will be detoured at River Street. Signage and police details will be on site during working hours to assist motorists, cyclists and pedestrians through the area.

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February 25, 2013

Crews will be under way with sewer work tomorrow at the Putnam Ave and Western Ave intersection. This work will impact traffic at the intersection and police details will be present at this location to help direct traffic.

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February 22, 2013

On Tuesday, February 26, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the corner of Western Avenue and Dodge Street. Residents on Dodge Street and Western Ave who will be affected by the water shutdown will be notified on Friday, February 22, 2013. This work is in connection with the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main and this will take place between 9AM and 4PM.

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February 20, 2013

On Friday, February 22, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the corner of Western Avenue and Hews Street. Residents on Hews Street and Western Ave who will be affected by the water shutdown will be notified on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. This work is in connection with the Western Ave Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main and this will take place between 9AM and 4PM.

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February 19, 2013

This week, crews will be working on the 12” water main on Western Avenue from Putnam Avenue to Hews Street. Travel lanes will diminish to one travel lane between Dodge Street and Putnam Avenue. Travel lanes will open back up to multiple lanes from Putnam Avenue to Memorial Drive. Crews will also be removing crane pads and plates in the area as well as installing a manhole on Montague Street.

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February 11, 2013

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

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February 5, 2013

This week, crews will be backfilling and paving over work that was done on the water main at the intersection of Putnam Ave/Western Ave. Crews continue to work on Memorial Drive, closest to the Charles River, and another crew is expected to begin work on the water main between Putnam Ave and Howard Street.

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February 1, 2013

The Western Avenue Reconstruction Project includes the reconstruction of Riverside Place. City staff would like to meet with the residents of Riverside Place on February 12, 2013 to discuss the reconstruction of Riverside Place, which potentially includes changes to the street and sidewalks and opportunities for additional tree plantings.

For detailed information, please view the official notice under the “Documents” tab. 

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January 29, 2013

Crews continue working on the water main at the Putnam Avenue and the water main on Western Avenue. An additional crew will be working on Memorial Drive, closest to the Charles River.

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January 22, 2013

This week, crews will continue working on the water main at the Putnam Avenue/Western Avenue intersection. An additional crew will be working on Memorial Drive, closest to the Charles River. 

Last week, crews completed the paving of utility trenches on Western Avenue between Kinnaird Street and Putnam Avenue, which will help alleviate some of the noise generated from trucks heading down Western Avenue. In addition to the paving, crews completed line stripping on Memorial Drive for traffic management purposes, as the crews will continue to work on Memorial Drive, closest to the Charles River. Upgrades to the water main that was located at the intersection of Putnam Avenue and Western Avenue was successfully completely.

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January 10, 2013

Beginning the week of January 14th, paving crews are scheduled to pave utility trenches on Western Ave between Howard St. and Putnam Ave. Parking on Western Ave between Howard/Putnam will be affected. Please be sure to read parking signs before you park your vehicle.

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January 9, 2013

Crews will be working on the Western Avenue water main for the next couple of weeks.

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December 10, 2012

Crews have completed the water line work on Riverside Place. The crew will begin sewer work on Riverside Place this week.

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November 26, 2012

Crews continue with the water main work near Riverside Place.

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November 19, 2012

Crews continue with the water main work near Riverside Place.

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November 12, 2012

Crews will continue with work on the water main on Western Avenue at Blackstone Street

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November 5, 2012

Crews will begin water work this week starting at Memorial Drive.

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October 29, 2012

Crews continue to work on the water main services along Western Avenue.

General work hours will be 7AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday. “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of construction; please be sure to check posted signs for exact dates and times. When work occurs directly in front of driveways or entryways, the contractor will coordinate access directly with residents and businesses.

There will also be the need for short water service disruptions when service is moved from the existing pipes to new pipes; when there is a planned water service disruption, residents and businesses will be notified and given detailed information 48 hours in advance.

For information and assistance related to the water work, please contact Ed Mitiguy, Resident Engineer for Kleinfelder, at 508-962-6331. Property owners within the project area who may have lead services will also receive a detailed notice from Ed regarding the process for upgrading those services.

If you ever experience any unanticipated issues with your water service, you can also contact the Water Department’s 24-hour emergency line at 617-349-4770.

We thank you for your patience during this construction, and hope that you enjoy these improvements once they are completed.

Alternative Parking
Harvard University has offered to provide some parking that residents can use on evenings and weekends to help mitigate some of the impacts of construction. Harvard will reserve 20 spaces in their Peabody Terrace Garage (entrance on Elmer Street) for residents to use weekday evenings (5 pm to 8 am) and weekends. Residents interested in taking advantage of the parking should call the Harvard Mitigation Office (617-496-0857) to receive a transponder that will allow access to the parking garage.  

 

Construction on this project will take approximately two years to complete. Click here for overall phasing plan.

General work hours will be 7AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday. “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of construction; please be sure to check posted signs for exact dates and times. When work occurs directly in front of driveways or entryways, the contractor will coordinate access directly with residents and businesses.

 The design process for the surface redesign of Western Avenue ran from January 2010 through 2011 and included eight Advisory Committee meetings, five neighborhood walks, and six public meetings. Five concept alternatives were developed to identify the full range of potential options for Western Avenue and extensive community feedback was taken into consideration. Click here to view details.

City staff will host additional discussions regarding the final design of the public art component. Please make sure to sign up for our email updates to receive notices for meetings.

Evaluation criteria was developed by city staff and the advisory committee to guide the design process:

• Traffic calming effect / vehicle speed reduction
• Pedestrian crossing safety
• Expanded sidewalk space
• Bicycle facility safety and comfort
• Bus operations and efficiency
• Rush hour vehicle capacity
• Parking availability
• Snow clearance and street cleaning
• Emergency vehicle access
• Construction cost
• Community support

Final Design Elements:
• Pleasant St to Blackstone St will have two vehicles travel lanes, parking on both sides, and a separated bicycle lane (raised cycle track).
• Pedestrian safety will be improved with raised crosswalks on (unsignalized) side streets, curb extensions, and new crosswalks.
• New trees, planting beds, trash / recycling containers, and energy efficient streetlights will be installed.
• Pedestrian crossings will be improved at Pleasant / Western / Franklin and at Blackstone.
• Cronin Park will be enlarged, landscaped, and include a rain garden.

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  • Charles River 7
  • Charles River
  • View from Western Ave Bridge
  • View from Western Ave Bridge
  • View from Memorial Drive
  • Charles River 5
  • Charles River 6
  • Charles River 8
  • Charles River 9

Cambridge Department of Public Works
147 Hampshire Street

General construction hours are 7 AM to 4 PM

 Please contact Chris Neil, Community Relations Manager, at cneil@cambridgema.gov or at 617.349.4825 to:

  1. Sign up to receive e-mail updates as the project moves forward. 
  2. Arrange an accommodation or continuation of special services for anyone with a disability or special need.
  3. Learn how you can help street trees along the street , either by “adopting” a recently planted tree on your block (especially watering during dry weather), or by signing up for the “back-of-sidewalk” tree planting program, through which a tree can be planted on private property within 20 feet of the public sidewalk at no cost to the owner.
  4. Volunteer to become a “Block Captain” for the Western Avenue Project . Block Captains will be asked to attend monthly meetings with project staff to make the City and contractor aware of concerns in the neighborhood and to become a resource for neighbors who want information or assistance during this project.

Follow us on Twitter via #WesternAveMA

E-Mail/ Twitter are not staffed 24/7.  In case of an emergency after hours or on weekends, please call the 24-Hour line at 617-349-4800.

If you have any questions regarding the Western Ave design, please contact Jeff Rosenblum, Project Manager, at 617.349.4615 or jrosenblum@cambridgema.gov .  Detailed information about the design and planning process is posted here.

We thank you for your patience during this construction, and hope that you enjoy these improvements once they are completed.

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