Massachusetts Avenue Reconstruction

Includes Shepard Street to Linnaean Street and Beech Street to Russell Street

August 26, 2015


Dear Neighbor,

The City’s contractor, Marchese Construction, will be grinding and paving sections of Mass Ave in the next few weeks. This will be the final significant phase of construction. Typically we would pave during the daytime, however, this paving has to be scheduled at night due to the volume of traffic on Mass Ave and the need for the MBTA to shut down the overhead catenary wires associated with the electric buses. Vehicle traffic will be maintained on Mass Ave, but there will be lane restrictions in place. Side streets will be detoured throughout the evening.

Check out the Waze app to help navigate around construction.  Waze is a mobile app and a website (  that gathers real time traffic data from users and government partners to identify the best traffic routing for a specific trip

    Access to driveways and side streets will be restricted during paving operations, so please plan accordingly.

Limits of Paving and Schedule (please see map)

North Mass Ave Mass Ave (Russell St to Beech St)
Friday August 28th. 8 PM to 9 AM (weather permitting)

Demo Block Mass. Ave. (Linnaean St to Everett St)

Sunday August 30th, 6 PM to 9 AM (weather permitting)
Monday August 31st, 8 PM to 9 AM (weather permitting)

Paving: (inbound): Thursday Sept 3. & Friday Sept. 4th, 8 PM to 9 AM (weather permitting)
           (outbound): TBD

Information and Assistance: Please contact us if you have any questions or if you have a special need or disability and need us to arrange for any special accommodations that will be necessary. All schedules are subject to MBTA coordination and weather. So please check the no parking signs and the variable message boards.

North Mass. Ave.              Demo Block
Hussein Musa                   Eric Breen
857-363-1025                    617-293-9386

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during this construction, and thank you for your continued patience and understanding.


Melissa A. Miguel, P.E.
Supervising Engineer
Cambridge Department of Public Works

August 26, 2015

Restricted Access Creighton, Hadley and Regent Streets

Dear Resident of Creighton, Hadley & Regent Streets,

Please note that vehicle access in and out of your street will be restricted during paving operations. Please make sure if you need your vehicle that it is not parked on Creighton, Hadley or Regent.

Access to driveways and side streets will be restricted during paving operations, so please plan accordingly.

Friday August 28th, 8 pm – 9 am (weather permitting)


Hussein Musa




 Please refer to the documents tab for updates on the Massachusetts Ave. reconstruction schedule.



In 2011, the City of Cambridge Community Development Department began a study to explore ways to improve the character of Mass Avenue from Cambridge Common to Porter Square, with the goal of developing recommendations for improvements that address streetscape improvements, and enhancement of the retail environment. Neither street reconstruction nor major infrastructure work is anticipated on Massachusetts Avenue in this location, therefore changes to the physical layout of the street including the median and curb lines are not a part of this process. The study process included a series of public meetings which began in Spring 2011.

The stretch of sidewalk from Shepard St to Garfield St, referred to as the “Demonstration Block” will include concrete and brick sidewalk paving, enhanced tree pits, street furniture and other features established in the Lower Massachusetts Ave Master Plan.

For more information on the Lower Massachusetts Ave Master Planning process please visit:  


Department of Public Works
147 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Construction hours are 7 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.

Please contact Eric Breen, Project Manager, at 617.349.6954/ For 24-hour emergency assistance please call Public Works at 617.349.4800.

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Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-12 noon
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Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-7:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm

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