Massachusetts Avenue Reconstruction

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

August 25, 2014

This week, there will be two crews on site. One crew will be performing work at the corner Mass Ave at Hudson Street and another crew is working on the sidewalks on Massachusetts Avenue at Cogswell Avenue.




Crews will mobilize on Mass Ave at Langdon St during the week of July 7 to install a new raised crosswalk on Langdon St, which will take about one week to complete.

During the week of July 14, crews are expected to begin improvements on Mass Ave at Shepard St, which is the start of the “Demonstration Block”. Improvements on this section are expected to take about 2 months to complete.

On Tuesday, July 15, crews will mobilize 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 (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
Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-12 noon
24 Hour emergency 617.349.4860


Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-7:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm

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