Forest Street Reconstruction Project

 

Forest St from Massachusetts Ave to the Somerville line, Frost St  from Prentiss St to Forest St, and Oxford St from Garfield St to the Somerville line.

August 12, 2013

This week, crews continue to clean up the project work zone.

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August 5, 2013

This week, crews will be cleaning up the project work zone.

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July 29, 2013

There is no scheduled work this week.

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July 22, 2013

Crews continue to work on punch list items around the project work zone.

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July 15, 2013

During the week of July 15, crews will be onsite to attend to manhole structures in the area.

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July 8, 2013

This week, crews will be performing back of sidewalk work and will continue to complete items on the punch list.

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June 17, 2013

Crews are currently working on raised intersections at Forest St./Frost St. and Oxford St./Garfield St.

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June 10, 2013

Crews continue to work on the the punch list items within the project area.

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June 3, 2013

The contractor is currently performing punch list items within the project area.

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May 29, 2013

Crews are currently working on the raised intersection at Forest St and Frost St.  Final paving is complete.  Crews are also planting trees throughout the project area.

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May 20, 2013

Crews are preparing Forest St, Frost St from Prentiss St to Forest St and Oxford St from Garfield St to Beacon St for paving.  Weather permitting, paving will take place on Wednesday, May 22.  We expect paving to be finished at the end of the work day on Wednesday.

May 13, 2013

This week, two crews are onsite in the project area. One crew is performing sidewalk work on Forest Street near the Massachusetts Ave intersection. Crew two is raising castings on Frost Street.

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May 6, 2013

This week, crews will be performing sidewalk work on Oxford Street.  Paving on Oxford St and Forest St is scheduled for late May.

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April 11, 2013

Crews are currently reconstructing sidewalks on Oxford St between Forest St and the Somerville line.  This work will be ongoing for the next several weeks.

On Tuesday, April 16 (weather permitting), crews will begin reconstructing the roadway on Frost St, between Forest St and Roseland St.  During work hours, (7 AM to 4 PM), Frost St will be closed to through traffic.  We expect the road work to be completed by Friday, April 19.

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March 21, 2013

Due to the potential inclement weather, crews will remobilize in the Forest/Oxford St next week.  On Monday, March 25, crews will begin sidewalk reconstruction on Oxford St, between Forest St and Garfield/Eustis Streets.  The work will begin on the south (odd) side first.

We expect all construction activities to be complete by June 2013.

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January 10, 2013

All utilities on Forest St, Frost St. and Oxford St. are complete. The utilities included new Water, Sewer and Drain (done by City) as well as Gas lines. Sidewalks are 80% complete on Forest St.,  and the sidewalks on Frost St. between Prentiss St. and Forest St. are complete. Sidewalks on Oxford Street are not yet complete.

The remaining work in the Spring 2013 is to complete the raised crosswalk on Forest St. at Frost St., complete all the sidewalks from the Somerville line on Oxford St. to Garfield/Eustis St., as well as install trees, final paving and road markings. Job completion date is estimated to be before June 2013.

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November 26, 2012

Crews will be out on Frost Street this week working on catch basins and drainage.  Another crew will be on Forest Street finishing up sidewalks.

                                                                    

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November 19, 2012

Crews will be out on Frost Street this week working on drainage.

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November 12, 2012

Crews will be out on Forest Street working on sidewalks this week.  Another crew will be out on Frost Street working on utilities.

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November 5, 2012

On Monday, November 5th, crews will begin preparing the roadway for paving operations on Oxford St. On Tuesday, November 6th crews will pave Oxford Street between Prentiss St. and Beacon St, as well as Forest Street from Oxford Street to the Somerville line. During paving operations on Tuesday, Oxford St. from Prentiss St. to Beacon St. and Forest Street between Oxford St and the Somerville line will be CLOSED. Any vehicles in driveways within this area must be removed in the beginning of the work day at 7 AM.

                                                                            

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October 29, 2012

The construction crew is currently on Phase 3 of the Forest Street/Frost Street Project.

Phase 3: Crews will be doing road work on Forest St (Oxford Street to the Somerville line) – beginning the week of October 29th (weather permitting)

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October 22, 2012

The construction crew is currently on Phase 2 of the Forest Street/Frost Street Project.

Phase 2: Forest St (Massachusetts Avenue to Oxford Street) – starting Thursday, October 18th (weather permitting) During construction, Forest Street will be CLOSED to through traffic. Any vehicles in driveways with in this area must be removed in the beginning of the work day (7:00 am). The Contractor will work with each homeowner in order to ensure that residents have access at the end of each day.

Phase 3:
Forest St (Oxford Street to the Somerville line) – starting Monday, October 29th (weather permitting)

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October 15, 2012

This week crews are working on Frost Street saw cutting this street in preparation of utility work.  Crews also continue work on Forest Street from Mass Ave to Frost Street.

On Thursday, October 18th (weather permitting), crews will begin full depth road construction On Forest Street (from Frost Street and Oxford Street)

Phase 2: Forest St (Frost Street to Oxford Street) – starting Thursday, October 18th (weather permitting) During construction, Forest Street will be CLOSED to through traffic. Any vehicles in driveways with in this area must be removed in the beginning of the work day (7:00 am). The Contractor will work with each homeowner in order to ensure that residents have access at the end of each day.

Phase 3: Forest St (Oxford Street to the Somerville line) – starting Monday, October 29th (weather permitting)

Please click here for more information.

The contractor has remobilized in the Forest Street/Oxford Street neighborhood.  On Wednesday, May 22 (weather permitting) crews will pave Forest Street, Frost Street from Prentiss Street to Forest Streets, and Oxford Street from Garfield Street to Beacon Street. Once paving is complete, the contractor will plant trees in the project area and perform any remaining punch list work.

We expect all construction activities to be complete by the end of June 2013.

Project Documents

Contract and specification documents are available for viewing at the Department of Public Works.

 

The Project Includes:

  • Upgraded water,  sewer and stormdrain
  • New catch basins
  • Reconstructed sidewalks, curbs, and pedestrian ramps
  • New street trees
  • New pavement on Forest St, Frost St from Prentiss St to Forest St and on and Oxford Street, from Garfield to Forest streets.

 

About Construction

Newport Construction has been awarded a one-year contract to complete these improvements.  Construction will be supervised by the Cambridge Department of Public Works, with Project Manager Eric Breen providing onsite assistance to residents and businesses.

This is noisy, dirty work. Jackhammers, grade-all machines, backhoes, and excavators will be used. You will hear banging and vehicle back-up alarms. Some work will extend up to the edge of private property.

 

Construction phasing will most likely be as follows:

  • Water main installation
  • Sewer main installation
  • Drainage utility work 
  • Sidewalk removal and reconstruction
  • Roadway paving
  • Finish work (tree planting; pavement markings)

 

“No Parking” signs will be posted 24 hours in advance of all work; be sure to check specific dates and times. Sections of the street will be periodically closed to through traffic, but abutters and emergency vehicles will have access at all times.

The contractor and police details will work with neighbors to coordinate access to their properties. Pedestrian access will be maintained, but may be altered or restricted in certain ways. Weekly trash and recycling pick up will go on as scheduled.

 

 

Cambridge Department of Public Works
147 Hampshire Street

tdwyer@cambridgema.gov

Work hours are 7 AM to 4 PM

 

For information related to this work please contact project manager Eric Breen at 617-349-6954 or by email at ebreen@cambridgema.gov .

For accommodations or continuation of special services related to a disability or special need please contact Tracy Dwyer: tdwyer@cambridgema.gov/ 617.349.4826.

For 24-hour emergency assistance please call 617-349-4800.

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139

Phone:617.349.4800
TDD:617.499.9924

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