Broadway Reconstruction Project

Reconstruction of Broadway between Prospect St and Portland St.

April 8, 2014

Crews are currently working on catch basins, water lateral services and hydrants. Full depth reconstruction will take place on Moore Street beginning the week of April 14, 2014.

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October 28, 2013

All tree plantings in the project area are now complete. Crews will be coordinate line striping on the crosswalks on Broadway later this week. To avoid impacts on traffic, the line striping will be a night time operation.

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October 22, 2013

Crews are currently planting trees in the project area.

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October 8, 2013

This week, crews will be paving Broadway from Portland Street to Prospect Street.

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October 3, 2013

The City’s contractor will perform roadway paving on Broadway between Portland St and Prospect St on Monday, October 7, Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9. On Monday, crews will pave the north side Broadway from Portland St and Prospect St. On Tuesday, crews will pave the south side of Broadway between Prospect St and Portland St. If needed, crews will pave any remaining sections on Wednesday, October 9. In the event of rain, paving will extend into Thursday, October 10.

Work hours will be 7 AM to 5 PM, and during this time, westbound traffic (towards Harvard Sq) on Broadway will be detoured to Hampshire St. An eastbound travel lane (towards Kendall Sq) will remain open. Broadway will reopen at the end of each work day.

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September 30, 2013

Last week, crews successfully completed the grinding of the roadway on Broadway from Prospect Street to Portland Street. This week, crews will be adjusting the castings and anticipate that the final paving on Broadway will take place next week. Please click here for more information.

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September 23, 2013

This week, crews will continue with sidewalk work on Boardman Street. Milling of the Broadway roadway will begin this Thursday at 7am. The operation will be broken up into to phases. Phase one will be grinding from Portland Street to Columbia Street. Phase two will be from Columbia Street to Prospect Street. There is a possibility of work continuing into Saturday, September 28.

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September 16, 2013

Crews continue to work on the reconstruction of the sidewalk on Boardman Street. An additional crew is in there area to assist with cleaning the work zone.

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September 9, 2013

Crews are currently performing sidewalk work on Boardman St.

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September 3, 2013

The contractor is working on sidewalks at the Columbia Street intersection. An additional crew will be onsite performing performing sidewalk work on the west side of Boardman Street.

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August 27, 2013

On Wednesday, August 28 at 7am, D’Allasandro Corporation will need to close Davis Street from Broadway Street to mid block between Broadway and Harvard Streets, in order to excavate the full road width, and place new gravel and new binder paving. Work should be completed within 3 days.

During this time period, access to Davis Street will be from Harvard Street only. Traffic will not be able to pass through the intersection of Broadway and Davis Street. Local businesses and residents will have access to the garage at 125 Harvard Street, the Garment District, and loading docks/driveways at 196 and 198 Broadway (accessible from Davis Street). Final paving is scheduled for late September to early October.

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August 26, 2012

This week, crews will be working on the sidewalk on Broadway at Columbia Street. There is also an additional crew performing miscellaneous sidewalk work.

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August 19, 2013

Crews are currently performing sidewalk work on Broadway between Columbia Street and Elm Street. In addition to the sidewalk work, crews will be reconstructing the pedestrian ramps at the intersection of Broadway and Columbia Street.

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August 12, 2013

This week, crews will continue to work on the sidewalk ramps at Columbia Street/Broadway and Portland Street/Broadway. The raised crosswalk on Norfolk Street has been completed.

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August 5, 2013

This week, crews will continue to work on the sidewalk ramps at Columbia Street/Broadway and Portland Street/Broadway. In connection with the Broadway Reconstruction Project, the City’s Contractor, D’Allessandro Corporation, will be performing the installation of a raised crosswalk on the south side of Broadway (park side) on Norfolk Street at Broadway. This work is expected to take two days to complete and will begin on Thursday, August 8. During this work, Norfolk Street residents will not be able to access the roadway from Broadway from 7am on Thursday, August 8 to 4pm on Friday, August 9. Norfolk Street must be accessed via Harvard Street. To view the official notice, please click here.

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July 29, 2013

This week, crews will be construction pedestrian ramps at the corner of Broadway and Columbia Street. Another crew will be performing sidewalk work between Elm Street and Norfolk Street.

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July 22, 2013

During the week of July 22, crews will be performing sidewalk work at the intersection of Broadway and Boardman Street. In addition to the sidewalk work, crews are working on the raised crosswalk at Elm St./Broadway. The water work on Boardman Street is expected to be completed this week.

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July 15, 2013

This week, crews will be performing sidewalk work near Market Street and at the corner of Broadway/Columbia Street. Crews will also be performing a water shutdown this evening on Boardman Street. The site of excavation will be located at the corner of Harvard Street and Boardman Street.

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July 8, 2013

Three crews will be in the area this week. One crew is performing water work on Boardman Street. The second crew is working on the sidewalk between Elm Street and Clark Street. The last crew is working on the brick feature between Elm Street and Norfolk Street.

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June 17, 2013

Crews continue to perform sidewalk work on the north side of Broadway between Norfolk St. and Elm St., and on Broadway near Market St. Water work on Boardman Street is expected to begin this week.

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June 10, 2013

Crews are currently performing sidewalk work on the north side of Broadway between Norfolk St. and Elm St., and on Broadway near Market St.

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June 3, 2013

This week, crews will be performing sidewalk work on the north side of Broadway between Portland and Market Street. On Wednesday of this week, another crew will mobilize to the corner of Elm Street and Broadway to perform sidewalk work on the north side of Broadway.

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May 29, 2013

Crews are currently performing sidewalk work located on the south side of Broadway, between Portland and Market Sts.

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May 20, 2013

This week, crews will be lowering conduit at the Broadway/Davis intersection. Crews will also be constructing a raised crosswalk on Davis Street.

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May 13, 2013

Crews are currently working on the south side sidewalk between Moore Street and Clark Street.  On Monday, May 20, crews will begin construction of a raised crosswalk at Davis St and Broadway. 

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May 6, 2013

This week, crews will be working on the north side sidewalks between Davis Street and Moore Street.

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April 26, 2013

Crews have begun sidewalk reconstruction on Broadway between Portland St and Davis St.  Sidewalk work in select locations will be ongoing for the next several months as crews complete remaining sections between Portland St and Norfolk St.

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March 27, 2013

On Tuesday, April 2 (weather permitting), D’Allessandro Corp, will remobilize on Broadway to begin roadway reconstruction between Portland St and Clark St. Due to the nature of the work, vehicle traffic will be reduced to one lane during work hours. We expect the work to take about one month to complete.  Please view the Documents tab for the full notice and detour map.

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February 5, 2013

Crews will resume work on the Broadway Reconstruction project the week of February 25th. At that time, crews are scheduled to work on catch basins near the Columbia Street/Broadway intersection. Once that area is complete, crews will make their way down Broadway towards Market Street to continue with catch basin work.

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January 30, 2013

Crews have completed the water main upgrades that there were scheduled for last night. Due to unforeseen circumstances, some residents in the Broadway/Columbia Street neighborhood may have experienced a disruption to their water service. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

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January 28, 2013

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, D’Allessandro Corporation will be performing water main work at the intersection of Broadway and Columbia Street and at Broadway and Boardman Street. This work is in connection with the Broadway Reconstruction Project. There will be a temporary water service interruption between 8PM Tuesday, January 29th and 6AM Wednesday, January 30th. We will make every effort to expedite this work to minimize the length of time the water will be shut down. Residents who will be affected by this shutdown, were notified on Friday, January 25th.

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January 14, 2013

Crews are scheduled to perform drain work at the corner of Elm Street & Broadway. Water work will continue at the corner of Columbia Street & Broadway.

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January 3, 2013

No work is scheduled for this week. Crews will resume work at the Columbia St./Broadway intersection next week and will also begin work on the corner of Broadway/Elm St.

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December 10, 2012

Crews have scheduled two temporary water service interruptions for this week to facilitate upgrades to the water main. Affected properties have been notified 72 hours in advance by the Cambridge Department of Public Works.

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November 26, 2012

A crew will be working at Davis Street and another crew will be working at Columbia Street.

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November 19, 2012

Crews will be at Norfolk Street working on a catch basin and another crew will be at the intersection of Columbia Street doing water work.

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November 12, 2012

Crews will be out at Clark Street working on the raised intersection this week. On November 13-14 Clark Street will be closed on the south side of Broadway (same side as Dunkin Donuts) in order to complete the project. Please click here for more information on this closure.
Another crew will be at the intersection of Broadway at Columbia Street working on the water main.

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November 5, 2012

Crews continue with sidewalk work on Broadway from Scouting Way to Norfolk Street. Work on water utilities at Broadway and Columbia Street will begin this week as well as work on raised crosswalks at Tremont Street and Boardman Street.

                                                                   Tremont Raised Crosswalk

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October 29, 2012

Crews continue with sidewalk work on Broadway from Scouting Way to Norfolk Street.

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October 10, 2012

The City's contractor continues sidewalk work on the south side of Broadway at Clark and Boardman streets.  Later this week sidewalk work begins on Boardman Street and on the south side of Broadway between Prospect and Norfolk streets.

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August 20, 2012

The City's contractor will be working on sidewalks from Prospect St to Tremont St on the north side and from Windsor St to Clark St on the south side.  The will also be a crew working on drainage along Broadway on the south side.

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August 17, 2012

During the first month of construction, the contractor has completed the following: 

  • The majority of sidewalk work on Broadway between Boardman and Windsor streets, and along Windsor Street up to Market Street (school area) 
  • Initial work on the northern Broadway sidewalks between Prospect and Elm streets 
  • Various new catch basins ahead of the sidewalk crews.

During the next month, the contractor will be: 

  • Continuing sidewalk construction between Windsor and Clark streets 
  • Continuing sidewalk construction between Prospect and Norfolk streets 
  • Constructing a raised crosswalk crossing Tremont Street (north side, where the Broadway sidewalk crosses Tremont Street) 
    Installing catch basins ahead of sidewalk work as needed

 Overall project goals

• Reconstruct deteriorating roadway and sidewalk infrastructure.
• Enhance the area for all users – residents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
• Provide a new crosswalk with a curb extension at Tremont Street to improve the safety of pedestrians going to and from Sennott Park.
• Construct curb extensions at Elm Street, Clark Street and Moore Street to enhance pedestrian safety.
• Install shared lane markings for cyclists.
• Plant new street trees.
• Improve drainage to reduce ponding on the roadway.

To learn more about this project, please view the conceptual design plan, or the full construction plans and details(pdf).

 

Crews are remobilizing on Broadway at Portland St on Tuesday, April 2 to perform roadway reconstruction.  The work is expected to take about one month to complete.  After the road work is finished, crews will reconstruct remaining sidewalk locations between Portland St and Norfolk St, perform final paving from Portland St to Prospect St and plant trees. 

We expect all construction activities to be complete in the fall 2013. 

 

 

 

 

The City of Cambridge has developed plans to reconstruct the roadway and sidewalk on Broadway between Prospect Street and Portland Street. 

 
Overall Project Goals 
• Improve deteriorating roadway and sidewalk infrastructure.
• Enhance the area for all users – pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
• Improve the safety of pedestrians going to and from Sennott Park (Tremont Street).
• Increase the number of street trees.
• Improve drainage to reduce ponding on the roadway. 

Sidewalk Materials--City Policy 
• The City’s policy is to replace existing sidewalks with the same material (concrete with concrete, brick with wire cut brick). During  construction, property owners are given the option of changing their sidewalk material, as described below. 
        - Keep existing sidewalk material – no cost to property owner. 
        - Change from brick to concrete – no cost to property owner. 
        - Change from concrete to brick – property owner pays the differential cost.
• The City’s policy provides flexibility for property owners, but results in a mix of sidewalk materials.

Sidewalk Materials--Broadway 
• The existing sidewalks on Broadway are a combination of concrete (75%) and brick (25%), similar to the mix of sidewalk materials throughout the city.
• This project can follow the City policy for sidewalk material, as described above, which will continue the mix of materials on a property by property basis.
• Or, we can implement a more unified approach by providing a concrete surface for the walking area and a brick feature strip. In addition to creating a unified look for the street, this approach has the benefit of providing a concrete surface for the walking area, which is strongly preferred by people with disabilities, while maintaining a visually appealing mix of brick and concrete.

 


 

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For additional information or assistance, please contact Dan Vallee, Project Manager, at 617.349.4813 or dvallee@cambridgema.gov.  or contact Kelly Dunn, Community Relations Manager, at 617.349.4870 or kdunn@cambridgema.gov.

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