Binney Street Stormwater Utility Improvements Construction Project

The City of Cambridge and DivcoWest, the developer of NorthPoint, will be implementing storm water infrastructure improvements on Binney Street. The new drainage system will be installed in Binney Street from Cardinal Medeiros Avenue to the area west of Galileo Galilei Way, through the park area to Broadway. The system will be owned and maintained by the City of Cambridge.

August 6, 2018

McCourt will be working in Binney Street (between Cardinal Medeiros and Galileo Galilei Way). McCourt will also be working in the undeveloped parcel adjacent to the Grand Junction Railroad between Binney Street and Broadway. The installation of new drainage infrastructure will start near Broadway (southern end) and continue north. Traffic and bicycle lanes will shift in Galileo Galilei Way to provide pedestrian access. Work hours in the parcel will be Monday through Friday 7am to 4pm.

July 23, 2018

Due to multiple crews performing utility work on Binney Street between Cardinal Medeiros Avenue and Fulkerson Street, Binney Street will be closed at Cardinal Medeiros Avenue during work hours from July 25, 2018 until August 31, 2018. On-going utility work includes significant repairs by Eversource Electric, Eversource Gas and storm drain installation by McCourt Construction.

During this work Binney Street will be closed to through traffic. Detours for pedestrians and vehicles will be in place. “No Parking” signs will also be present and could change frequently, so please check all posted signs.

Access in and out of the 1 Kendall Square parking garage will be maintained at all times via Fulkerson Street.

What to Expect During Construction:
  • General work hours will be 7am – 4pm, Monday-Friday and 9am – 4pm, Saturdays. Work hours may extend until 6pm for certain activities.
  • Please check posted No Parking signs.
  • Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and City services.
Please look for Road Closed signs and No Parking signs as they may change frequently during the work.

For Information and Assistance During Construction:
Questions regarding this project? Contact Kate Riley, Project Administrator, Community Relations, at 617.349.4870/ kriley@cambridgema.gov or James Wilcox, Director of Engineering Services at 617-349-6426.

If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for special accommodations that may be necessary.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this construction. 
July 12, 2018

Work in the undeveloped parcel was put on hold so McCourt (DivcoWest’s contractor) could install some of the new drain infrastructure on Binney Street near Cardinal Medeiros. DivcoWest is coordinating the construction activities with Alexandria Real Estate (399 Binney Street development). Work hours are 7am to 6pm Monday through Friday.

McCourt will continue to install the drain infrastructure in the undeveloped parcel adjacent to the Grand Junction Railroad between Binney Street and Broadway park later this month. McCourt is working to prepare the approved Traffic Management Plan for Galilei Way that will be utilized when work in the undeveloped parcel continues. The median near Binney Street was removed last week, and the road is to be repaved and restriped soon.

DivcoWest is coordinating with the required city departments and Alexandria Real Estate to allow McCourt to continue a portion of the utility work on Binney Street at night starting later in the summer.


June 27, 2018

McCourt (DivcoWest’s contractor) is continuing the utility construction in the undeveloped parcel adjacent to the Grand Junction Railroad between Binney Street and Broadway. This undeveloped parcel is owned by the City. McCourt is working with the DPW and the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department (TPTD) to provide pedestrian access at the south end of the park by Broadway during construction. Traffic and bicycle lanes may shift.  Work hours in the parcel will be Monday through Friday 7am to 4pm.

DivcoWest is coordinating with the required city departments and Alexandria Real Estate to allow McCourt to continue a portion of the utility work on Binney Street at night. Approved work hours in the Noise Control Variance are week days only, 7pm to 6am.


June 18, 2018

McCourt is continuing the utility construction in the undeveloped parcel adjacent to the Grand Junction Railroad between Binney Street and Broadway. This undeveloped parcel is owned by the City. Work hours will be Monday through Friday 7am to 4pm.

Keolis is scheduled to replace the railroad tracks on Tuesday June 19 between the hours of 7pm and 7am. Keolis’ paving contractor is scheduled to repave the crossing on Saturday June 23. Works hours TBD.


June 14, 2018

McCourt Construction (DivcoWest's contractor) completed the utility work at the Grand Junction Railroad crossing at Binney Street. Keolis is evaluating the schedule for the track repair which will require a full closure of Binney Street. The track repair will be completed at night.

McCourt will continue with the utility construction in the undeveloped parcel adjacent to the Grand Junction Railroad between Binney Street and Broadway. This undeveloped parcel is owned by the City. Work hours will be Monday through Friday 7am to 4pm.


June 5, 2018

McCourt Construction (DivcoWest's contractor) is now installing and welding the steel pipe sleeves underneath the Grand Junction Railroad at Binney Street. McCourt is expected to complete the utility construction by early next week. Keolis has tentatively scheduled the track repair at Binney Street for next Tuesday (June 12) or Wednesday (June 13). This repair will require a full closure of Binney Street. Work hours of 7pm to 6am Monday through Friday will continue until the work at the Grand Junction Railroad crossing is completed.


May 30,2018

The Grand Junction Railroad (GJRR) is out of service until June 17, 2018 to allow several different subsurface utility projects to cross the train tracks. McCourt Construction (DivcoWest's contractor) continues to excavate a utility trench across the train tracks at Binney Street. Work hours are 7pm to 6am Monday through Friday. Following the completion of the utility work, Keolis must repair the tracks and reopen the GJRR by June 17, 2018. 


Binney St. Night Work - May 18, 2018

DivcoWest working with the City of Cambridge, and will be responsible for installing a new storm water utility in an effort to improve storm water management in the area. McCourt Construction is the contractor for this project and CSL Consulting will be assisting with neighborhood communication and logistics. The new drainage system will be installed in Binney Street from Cardinal Medeiros Avenue to the area west of Galileo Way, through the park area to Broadway. The system will be owned and maintained by the City of Cambridge.

The first phase of work started this Tuesday, May 15th and will be completed in mid-June at the rail road crossing. Work hours for this limited work will be 7:00pm to 6:00am Monday through Friday in order to minimize traffic disruption and reduce the overall duration of construction. The next phases of work will be scheduled during normal business hours, 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, however, work hours may be extended periodically if doing so will minimize traffic disruption and reduce the overall duration of construction. When construction work is taking place, police details will be present to assist with access to detoured or impaired streets for pick-ups, drop-offs, home maintenance, medical needs or mobility impaired parking.

The project team intends to make every effort to communicate construction activities and any potential disruptions to the area stakeholders. If there are questions comments or concerns, we ask that you contact our project representatives at our Construction Hotline – 617- 866-8971 or you can email them directly at mitigation@csl-consulting.com . Please also contact us to sign up for regular project updates.


The first phase of work is being driven by Keolis’ operation of the Grand Junction Railroad. Work at the railroad crossing started Tuesday, May 15th and must be completed by mid-June. Work hours for the railroad crossing will be 7:00pm to 6:00am Monday through Friday. Night work was approved by the Cambridge License Commission. 

Overall May 2018 – November 2018

The City of Cambridge and DivcoWest, the developer of NorthPoint, will be implementing storm water infrastructure improvements on Binney Street. The new drainage system will be installed in Binney Street from Cardinal Medeiros Avenue to the area west of Galileo Galilei Way, through the park area to Broadway. The system will be owned and maintained by the City of Cambridge.


Website: https://cxconstruction.info/binney-street 

Email Address: mitigation@csl-consulting.com 

Hotline Phone Number:
 (617) 866-8971

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