September 15, 2014
This week, there will be 3 crews in the area. Two crews will be performing roadway and sidewalk restoration on the north side of Western Avenue between Soden Street and Dodge Street. The other crew will work their way to complete the brick edging on the south sidewalks between Howard Street and Gilmore Street.
September 8, 2014
This week there will be several crews in the area. One crew is completing sidewalk work on the south side of Western Avenue between Howard Street and Gilmore Street. Another crew is located on the north side of Western Avenue preparing for sidewalk and roadway reconstruction between Soden Street and Dodge Street. The last crew will be installing the new traffic signals at Howard Street.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617.349.4825 to:
- Sign up to receive e-mail updates as the project moves forward.
- Arrange an accommodation or continuation of special services for anyone with a disability or special need.
- 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.
- 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.
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If you have any questions regarding the Western Ave design, please contact Jeff Rosenblum, Project Manager, at 617.349.4615 or email@example.com . 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.