Common Manhole Separation Project


April 14, 2014

Crews are expected to complete the sidewalk work on Murray Hill road this week. Crews will then move to Linnaean Street to perform punchlist items.


April 8, 2014

Crews continue to perform sidewalk work on Murray Hill Road.


March 31, 2014

During the week of March 31, crews will continue on Murray Hill Road with sidewalk work, curbing and drainage.


March 24, 2014

The City’s contractor, Newport Construction, will resume construction activities on Murray Hill Road during the week of March 24. Remaining work includes drainage upgrades, sidewalk reconstruction and roadway paving. We expect all work to be complete by the end of June.


November 18, 2013

The City’s contractor, Newport Construction, is onsite to clean up the project areas and to complete punch list items. Pavement markings in the project areas are scheduled for Monday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 19.


November 4, 2013

This week the City's contractor will be performing roadway milling today (Nov. 4) on Valentine Street, Decatur Street and at the intersection of Franklin Street and Pearl Street. Weather permitting, crews are scheduled to pave Decatur Street and Emily Street on Wednesday, November 6. Valentine Street, Tudor Street and the intersection of Pearl Street and Franklin Street will be paved on Thursday, November 7.


October 31, 2013

The City’s contractor, Newport Construction, will perform roadway milling on Valentine St, Decatur St, and the intersection of Franklin and Pearl Sts on Monday, November 4. Work hours will be 7 AM to 4 PM, and we expect the work to take 1 day to complete. Paving on these streets is expected to take place on Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7 (weather permitting). MBTA bus service on Pearl St will not be affected by the milling work on Monday.


October 28, 2013

This week, crews are expected to complete the water work on Wadsworth Street. Birck layers are scheduled to perform sidewalk work on Valentine Street. Valentine Street, Decatur Street, Emily Street and Tudor Street are scheduled to be paved this coming Wednesday and Thursday.


October 22, 2013

Crews are currently working on Wadsworth Street performing water work. Additional crews are performing sidewalk work on Decatur Street and Valentine Street. Paving for Valentine Street, Decatur Street, Emily Street, and Tudor Street is tentatively scheduled for late next week.


October 8, 2013

This week, crews will be performing a manhole separation operation at the corner of Memorial Drive and Wadsworth Street. Another crew is performing sidewalk work on Valentine Street and the third crew is on Murray Hill Road performing full-depth reconstruction.


September 24, 2013

Murray Hill Road Residents: On Monday, September 30, 2013, the City’s contractor, Newport Construction, will be performing water main work near the corner of Murray Hill Road and Muller Avenue. There will be a temporary water service interruption in order to facilitate upgrades to the water main and you will have no water service to your property between 9AM and 3PM. Noise will occur in your area from saws and other equipment. We will make every effort to expedite this work in order to limit the amount of noise generated, as well as the length of time the water will be shut down. Please take appropriate steps to store water for your anticipated needs during this time.


September 23, 2013

One crew is located on Tudor Street performing sidewalk reconstruction. Another crew is currently on Murray Hill Road performing updates to the water main.


September 16, 2013

This week, crews will be performing work on the odd side of Emily Street. In addition to Emily Street, crews will be performing manhole and water main work on Murray Hill Road.


September 9, 2013

Crews are currently performing work on Anglim Street and will then proceed to perform work on Broadway. Another crew will begin to mobilize this week to Murray Hill Road to perform manhole installations.


September 3, 2013

This week, crews will be performing work on Franklin Street at Pearl Street and will then proceed to Anglum Street. The surface work for Emily Street and Tudor Street will begin in 2 weeks.


August 29, 2013

On Wednesday September 4 (weather permitting), the City’s contractor, Newport Construction, will begin replacing the water main and water services on Murray Hill Road. During this work, Murray Hill Road will be intermittently closed to through traffic, but open to abutters.

Project Schedule
• Crews will begin replacing the water main on Murray Hill Road on Wednesday September 4. Once the water main is installed, crews will connect individual properties to the new main and install new manholes along the street.
• The work is expected to take 4 weeks to complete.
• After the water work, crews will reconstruct the roadway and sidewalks on Murray Hill Road: Residents will receive another notice before the surface improvements begin.
• Work hours are 7 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

What to Expect during Water Main Replacement and Common Manhole Removal
• Once crews near completion of the water main replacement, they will need to shut down water service for a period of time to connect to the new water main. Residents will receive a notice in advance of this work, which takes about 4-6 hours to complete.
• “No Parking” signs will be posted; please be sure to check dates/times. Traffic signs and police details will be in place to assist neighbors.
• Pedestrian access and access into properties will be maintained at all times, but may be restricted in certain ways. All sidewalks will remain open.
• Emergency vehicles will have access at all times and all city services will continue.


August 26, 2013

Crews will be finishing up on Bay Street this week and will then begin to mobilize to Franklin Street at Pleasant Street to install two manholes.


August 19, 2013

This week, crews will be installing manholes on Hamilton Street and Green Street.


August 12, 2013

Crews will be on Valentine Street this week installing manholes. This work is expected to be completed by the end of the week.


August 5, 2013

This week, crews will be raising castings on Emily Street and Tudor Street. In addition to the raising of castings, crews will be installing manholes on Valentine Street.


July 29, 2013

Crews are currently performing work on Broadway this week. Once work is complete on Broadway, crews will make their way to Fifth Street. Another crew is located on Emily Street performing full-depth reconstruction.


July 22, 2013

This week, crews will be out on Amherst Alley construction new manholes. There is another crew that will be located on Emily Street for full-depth reconstruction.


July 15, 2013

This week, crews will be on Speridakis Ter performing work on several drainage structures. Weather pending, full-depth reconstruction of Emily Street and Tudor Street are scheduled next week. Residents will receive notification in advance of the full-depth reconstruction work.


July 8, 2013

Newport Construction is currently working on Decatur St performing common manhole separation.  We expect the work to take about 1 week to complete.

The City's contractor, Newport Construction, is currently working on Decatur St.  On Friday, July 12, crews will mobilize on Speridakis Terrace to begin manhole separation. Upcoming streets include Valentine St, Amherst Alley and the Volpe Center.

Crews have completed water main installation on Emily St and Tudor St.



The Common Manhole Separation program is a state mandated program requiring the elimination of all common manhole structures in existing separated areas throughout the city. There are a significant number of such structures in the Area 4 neighborhood and Cambridgeport neighborhood, and the City has been in the process of separating these structures over the past 20 years.  The project will reduce incidents of sewage backups and improve the quality of stormwater discharges to the Charles River.

The current contract underway is the final common manhole separation project.  After this project is complete, all manholes in the city will be separated.


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