Weekly Construction Highlights

Construction for the week of October 20, 2014

         Sidewalk Reconstruction

Amory Street
The Cambridge Water Department is currently installing a new water main between St. Mary Road and Hampshire Street.

Cambridge Park Drive (no link)
As part of the ongoing construction of the Contract 12 – Cambridge Park Drive Drainage Improvements Project, the City’s contractor P. Gioioso & Sons, Inc., will begin reconstructing the pedestrian ramps and mill and overlay of roadway on Cambridge Park Drive from 125 Cambridge Park Drive to Cambridge Park Place. Paving is now scheduled for Monday, October 27 (weather permitting).

Cambridge Street Tunnel
Beginning at 11pm on Monday, October 20, the City’s contractor, MIG Corporation, will close the eastbound portion of the Cambridge Street Tunnel (Harvard Square towards Cambridge Fire Headquarters), in order to pour new concrete flooring. The eastbound portion of the tunnel will be closed from 11pm through 12pm on Tuesday, October 21. Motorists travelling in the westbound lanes will not be impacted. There will be a final westbound closure at the end of October, and we expect all construction activities to be complete in November. Please click here to view detour.

Crews have mobilized to the area to replace the 2” concrete overlay in the Cambridge Street Tunnel. The concrete overlay, which was installed in the summer of 2013, did not bond properly with the floor of the tunnel and began failing last fall. Over the winter and spring, sections of the overlay deteriorated and had to be replaced with temporary asphalt patches. The work will be done in phases to maintain one travel lane in each direction of the tunnel, and is expected to conclude in November 2014.

Cambridge Common
As part of the Cambridge Common/Flagstaff Park Improvements Project, MassDOT’s contractor, Newport Construction, will mill the surface of the roadway on Massachusetts Ave from Garden St to Waterhouse St on Tuesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 22, in preparation of paving. Work hours for the nighttime milling operation will be 9 PM to 5 AM on both nights and Massachusetts Ave will remain open without detours. Paving is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 (daytime).

Concord Ave Project
There will be several crews in the area:

Crew #1 -  Contract Area – Test Pits / Pre-construction activity
Crew #2 -  Concord Ave- Private inflow
Crew #3 -  Copley- Drain and sewer
Crew #4 -  Fayerweather (Copley to Field)- Drain and sewer
Crew #5 -  Fayerweather (Concord to Field)- Water
Crew #6 - Hazel- Water
Crew #7 - Walden- Drain and Sewer

Fulkerson Street
This week, crews will be performing drainage work at the corner of Fulkerson Street and Otis Street.

Garden Street (no link)
The roadway on Garden Street, from Walden Street to Huron Ave, is scheduled to be milled on Thursday, October 30. The final roadway paving is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 1. More information will be available next week.

Harvard Square Public Toilet
Newport Construction, the City's contractor, will be performing utility work in advance of the installation of the Harvard Square public toilet.

Huron A Project 
There are three crews in the area performing sidewalk work:

Crew #1 - Lexington (South)- Brick sidewalk installation
Crew #2 - Lakeview- Porous trench installation
Crew #3 - Lexington- Porous trench installation
Crew #4 - Lexington (South)- Brick sidewalk installation
Crew #5-  Larch (North)- concrete sidewalks
Crew #6 - Project wide- raising castings

Huron B Project
This week, there will be several crews in the area:

Crew #1 -  Appleton (South of Huron)- Drain and sewer
Crew #2 -  Blakeslee- Drain laterals
Crew #3 -  Fayerweather- Water main
Crew #4 -  Reservoir- Drain
Crew #5 -  Royal- Drain laterals
Crew #6 -  Vassal (Alpine to Huron) – Sewer and water

Irving Street/Scott Street Construction
The final roadway paving is scheduled for Friday, October 31 (weather permitting).

Longfellow Road Reconstruction Project
Crews will be working on the raised intersection on Longfellow Road at Mt. Auburn Street. Weather permitting, NStar Gas will be on site Tuesday, October 21 to begin modifications to a utility conflict at the corner of Mt. Auburn Street and Longfellow Road. Longfellow Road is scheduled to be paved on Friday, October 31.

Main Street
Crews continue to work on the water main. This week, crews will be pressure testing and will also continue reassembling the water main.

Massachusetts Avenue
Crews will be pouring concrete sidewalks on the north side of Massachusetts Avenue between #1722 Massachusetts Avenue and Martin Street. Weather permitting, another crew will begin sidewalk work adjacent to the Cambridge Fire House.

Mead Street
Crews continue with the installation of the new sewer main on Mead St from Walden St to Cogswell Ave. This work is scheduled to be completed, weather permitting, within the next 2-3 weeks.

Mt. Auburn Street
Crews continue sidewalk reconstruction on Mt. Auburn Street near Fresh Pond Parkway.

Waverly Path
Paving is scheduled to take place within the next two weeks. Landscaping will be performed in spring 2015.

Western Ave Reconstruction Project
There will be several crews on site this week working on the north side sidewalks and roadway on Western Avenue between Howard Street and Dodge Street. Beginning the Thursday, October 23 (weather permitting), crews will be reconstructing the sidewalks on the north side of Western Avenue between Riverside Place and Memorial Drive. While crews work near the Memorial Drive intersection, Western Avenue will be reduced to 2 lanes of travel during general work hours (7am-4pm, Monday through Friday). This work is expected to be completed within 2 weeks.


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