Massachusetts Avenue Reconstruction

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

September 23, 2015

The City’s contractor, Marchese Construction, will be paving a section of Massachusetts Avenue from Garfield Street to Forest Street on Friday, September 25.  Work hours will be from 7 PM Friday evening until 8 AM Saturday morning.

This will be the final significant phase of construction.  Typically we would pave during the daytime, however, this paving has to be scheduled at night due to the volume of traffic on Mass Ave and the need for the MBTA to shut down the overhead catenary wires associated with the electric buses. 

What to Expect During Roadway Paving:

  • Work hours will be 7 PM to 8 AM
  • Vehicle access in and out of properties will be limited during work hours. Please plan vehicle and parking trips accordingly.
  • “No Parking” signs will be posted 24 hours in advance of the work.  Please be sure to check dates/times. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO PARKING ON EITHER SIDE OF MASS AVE FROM WENDELL STREET TO FOREST STREET AS NEEDED FOR MAINTAINING TRAFFIC FLOW.  
  • No right turn from Wendell Street onto Mass Ave will be allowed. 
  • Side streets will be detoured throughout the evening. 
  • Emergency vehicles will have access at all times. 

Information and Assistance: 

If you have any questions regarding construction, please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at 617.349.4825/ driviello@cambridgema.gov or the Department of Public Works at 617-349-4800.  If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for special accommodations that may be necessary.


September 10, 2015

MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE ROADWAY MILLING & PAVING NOTICE

Mass Ave between Forest Street and Chauncy Street/Everett Street

The City’s contractor, Marchese Construction, will perform roadway paving on Mass Ave on Friday Night September 11, 2015.   Work hours will be 6 PM on Friday to 5:00 AM on Saturday.

Vehicle access in and out of properties will be limited during work hours while crews perform the roadway paving.  This operation will also cause traffic disruption.  Please plan vehicle trips accordingly.

Project Schedule

  •          On Friday Night, September11, crews will pave the roadway on Mass Ave from Shepard Street to Chauncy Street, as well as the small section on Shepard Street in front of the Starbucks and the Shepard restaurant.
  •          Once complete with this section, the crews will move the traffic setup and begin at Everett Street and work towards Forest Street to continue paving.
  •          We expect the paving operation to complete the Southbound Side of Mass Ave and also complete the final paving from Everett Street to Sacramento Street.
  •          Whatever paving is not complete on Friday Night will be completed in the next week. Once we have a final date another notice will be provided.

What to Expect during Roadway paving

  • Work hours will be 6 PM to 5:00 AM.
  • Vehicle access in and out of properties will be limited during work hours. Please plan vehicle and parking trips accordingly.
  • “No Parking” signs will be posted 24 hours in advance of the work; please be sure to check dates/times. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO PARKING ON EITHER SIDE OF MASS AVE FROM CHAUNCY/EVERETT STREETS to GARFIELD STREET AS NEEDED FOR MAINTAINING TRAFFIC FLOW.  
  • Emergency vehicles will have access at all times. 

 

August 26, 2015

MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE ROADWAY MILLING & PAVING NOTICE

Dear Neighbor,

The City’s contractor, Marchese Construction, will be grinding and paving sections of Mass Ave in the next few weeks. This will be the final significant phase of construction. Typically we would pave during the daytime, however, this paving has to be scheduled at night due to the volume of traffic on Mass Ave and the need for the MBTA to shut down the overhead catenary wires associated with the electric buses. Vehicle traffic will be maintained on Mass Ave, but there will be lane restrictions in place. Side streets will be detoured throughout the evening.

Check out the Waze app to help navigate around construction.  Waze is a mobile app and a website (waze.com)  that gathers real time traffic data from users and government partners to identify the best traffic routing for a specific trip

    Access to driveways and side streets will be restricted during paving operations, so please plan accordingly.

Limits of Paving and Schedule (please see map)

North Mass Ave Mass Ave (Russell St to Beech St)
Paving:
Friday August 28th. 8 PM to 9 AM (weather permitting)

Demo Block Mass. Ave. (Linnaean St to Everett St)

Grinding:
Sunday August 30th, 6 PM to 9 AM (weather permitting)
Monday August 31st, 8 PM to 9 AM (weather permitting)

Paving: (inbound): Thursday Sept 3. & Friday Sept. 4th, 8 PM to 9 AM (weather permitting)
           (outbound): TBD

Information and Assistance: Please contact us if you have any questions or if you have a special need or disability and need us to arrange for any special accommodations that will be necessary. All schedules are subject to MBTA coordination and weather. So please check the no parking signs and the variable message boards.

North Mass. Ave.              Demo Block
Hussein Musa                   Eric Breen
857-363-1025                    617-293-9386
hmusa@cambridgema.gov   ebreen@cambridgema.gov

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during this construction, and thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Regards,

Melissa A. Miguel, P.E.
Supervising Engineer
Cambridge Department of Public Works
mmiguel@cambridgema.gov


August 26, 2015  

Restricted Access Creighton, Hadley and Regent Streets

Dear Resident of Creighton, Hadley & Regent Streets,

Please note that vehicle access in and out of your street will be restricted during paving operations. Please make sure if you need your vehicle that it is not parked on Creighton, Hadley or Regent.

Access to driveways and side streets will be restricted during paving operations, so please plan accordingly.

Friday August 28th, 8 pm – 9 am (weather permitting)


Sincerely,

Hussein Musa
857-363-1025
hmusa@cambridgema.gov

 

 

 

 Please refer to the documents tab for updates on the Massachusetts Ave. reconstruction schedule.

 

 

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: http://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/Projects/Planning/lowermassave.aspx  

 

Department of Public Works
147 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

ebreen@cambridgema.gov

Construction hours are 7 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.

Please contact Eric Breen, Project Manager, at 617.349.6954/ ebreen@cambridgema.gov. For 24-hour emergency assistance please call Public Works at 617.349.4800.

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