Massachusetts Avenue Reconstruction

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

October 13, 2014

Crews will be performing sidewalk work on the north side of Massachusetts Avenue between #1722 Massachusetts Avenue and Martin Street. Another crew is performing drainage work on Martin Street.

We expect crews to pave Mass Ave between Russell St and Blake St later this month.


September 29, 2014    

Crews will be performing sidewalk work on the north side of Massachusetts Avenue between Russell Street and Hadley Street. Another crew is performing sidewalk and drainage work on Massachusetts Avenue at Martin Street.


September 15, 2014

This week, there will be two crews in the area. One crew will be working on Massachusetts Avenue between Russell Street and Hadley Street. The other crew will be working between Hudson Street and Martin Street. Both crews are performing sidewalk work.



September 5, 2014

During the week of September 8, the City’s contractor, Marchese Construction, will mobilize on Mass Ave between Russell St and Blake St, to begin surface improvements. The scope of work includes reconstructed sidewalks and pedestrian ramps, new roadway paving and street trees. We expect the work to take about 1 month to complete. Once crews complete the sidewalk reconstruction, they will pave both sides of Mass Ave from Russell St/Cogswell Ave to Blake St/Creighton St.







Crews are currently working on surface improvements on Mass Ave, between Shepard St and Linnaean St, which is known as the “Demonstration Block”. Improvements on this section are expected to be completed this fall. 

A second crew has mobilized on Mass Ave between Beech St and Russell St to begin surface improvements.  We expect the work to also take about 2 months to complete, finishing this fall (both sides of Mass Ave).

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:  


147 Hampshire Street

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


For additional information or assistance, please contact Eric Breen, Project Manager, at 617.349.6954/ or Kelly Dunn, Community Relations Manager, at 617.349.4870/ .

For 24-hour emergency assistance please call Public Works at 617.349.4800.

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
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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
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