Gore Street and Rufo Road Reconstruction Project

In conjunction with the Gore St. Utility Construction project the City plans to install new sidewalks and resurface Gore St. and Rufo Road in 2019. 


Eversource Gas and Divco West, the developer of Cambridge Crossing (formerly known as NorthPoint), are currently upgrading utilities on Gore St between Monsignor O’Brien Highway and Warren St.

Following this construction, the City will reconstruct the watermain, replace any lead services, and reconstruct the roadway and sidewalks on Gore St. This is an opportunity to improve Gore St for residents, as well as for people walking and biking along the street. We gathered ideas and feedback during the first meeting on Tuesday, June 19th and incorporated them into an initial plan for the street.

Please join City staff on Thursday, November 1st from 6:30PM-8PM in the Community Room of the Millers River Apartments to review this plan and provide feedback and discussion about the street and sidewalk reconstruction of Gore St. and Rufo Rd.

For Information or Assistance:

If you have any questions regarding the current construction, please contact Divco West at mitigation@csl-consulting.com or by phone at 617-866-8971. For more information, please visit the project website www.npconstruction.info .

If you have any questions regarding the redesign of Gore Street, please contact Kate Riley, Community Relations, at 617.349.4870 or kriley@cambridgema.gov. For information and plans from previous meetings or to join the email distribution list for this project visit http://bit.ly/GoreStRufoRd.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.


On Monday, July 9th, the City Arborist, Dave Lefcourt, held a training regarding managing city trees during construction. Eversource and its subcontractor were in attendance. A copy of that training can be found in the "Documents" tab of this page. 


The following letter was sent on July 6th.

Dear Gore Street Resident:

I am writing regarding the incident that occurred on Tuesday, June 20, 2018 on Gore Street and as a follow up to my June 20th letter.  Since that time, we have heard from several neighbors requesting additional information about the incident the caused the large pin oak to be taken down.

Eversource Gas had agreed to relocate the gas service for improved access to the residence at 94 Gore Street, but in doing so, shifted the service much closer to the tree.  During the trenching operation for the new gas service, the excavation damaged a significant portion of the root structure of the tree.  Neither the City Arborist or the City’s field representative were informed of the proposed change in location of the service.  Once the City’s field representative saw what was happening he immediately stopped the excavation and called for the City Arborist to come on site and inspect. The City Arborist and an independent certified arborist evaluated the tree and the damage to the root structure.  Each of them concluded that the tree needed to be removed immediately due to the extent and severity of the root damage and the tree was removed on June 21, 2018. 

The damage to the street tree was an egregious breach of the City’s permit requirements with Eversource Gas and they were immediately stopped from working on Gore Street. The street tree and its canopy cannot be replaced, but the City has engaged an independent arborist to appraise the value of the tree and has put Eversource on notice that full restitution of the tree is expected.  The location will be replanted and we will work with the City Arborist during the Gore Street design process to determine if one or more larger than typical trees can be successfully planted in this and adjacent locations.

Over the last two weeks, the City has been working with Eversource Gas and their contractor to understand what measures they are implementing to ensure that their work is properly planned and executed to avoid any additional damage to street trees in the City.  To that end, Eversource Gas will take the following steps;

  • The Eversource contractor crew that was on site on June 20th has been removed from Gore Street.  A new crew has been identified to complete the work on Gore Street.
  • Eversource staff and their contractor’s staff responsible for installing new gas mains and services in the City of Cambridge will attend a training hosted by the City Arborist and myself to review construction techniques and proper tree protection measures.
  • Eversource will develop a “lessons learned” document and review it with all pipeline contractors and Eversource personnel.  The document will highlight;
    • The June 20th damage to the Gore Street tree.
    • The importance of reviewing permit requirements prior to starting a job.
    • The importance of adhering to permit requirements.
      • No excavation or equipment allowed within 3 feet of the outer bark of any tree, or in such a manner as to injure the roots of any tree, without the written consent of the City Arborist.
      • Proper tree protection around all trees within the scope of the project 
  • The critical need to protect the root systems of trees during excavation.
  • Procedures for resolving questions about conflicts between planned or active excavation activities and tree roots.

Eversource Gas understands the significance of this incident and has re-affirmed their commitment to completing their critical infrastructure upgrades safely and efficiently, while protecting street trees and minimizing the impact to residents.

Please contact me at kwatkins@cambridgema.gov / 617-349-4751 with any questions about the incident, to learn more about what is being done to mitigate the loss of the street trees, or for information about the overall Gore Street construction project.

Sincerely,

Katherine F. Watkins

City Engineer  




Project Documents Added Several documents have been added to the project website for your review:
  • The presentation given the night of the meeting
  • All of the resident comments gathered from each group
  • The plan overview
  • A map of the existing conditions on Gore St.
  • The "Toolbox Board" listing different design options used in street reconstruction

These can be found in the "Documents" tab.


The following letter was sent on June 20th.

Dear Residents of Gore Street,
 
Thank you to everyone that attended the very productive community meeting last night to begin the design process for Gore Street and Rufo Road. We were excited by the exceptional turnout and the thoughtful input and look forward to working with you all on designing and implementing improvements along Gore St and Rufo Rd. We are currently summarizing the comments and will be posting them and the presentation on the City's website. I will send out an email update with a link once the material is posted.  

I am unfortunately writing to you regarding an incident that occurred earlier today on Gore Street. In excavating a trench for a new gas service, Eversource's contractor caused considerable damage to a significant street tree located at 94 Gore Street.  Eversource had agree to relocate the gas service for improved access to the residence, but in doing so, shifted the service closer to the tree. During the trenching operation for the new gas service, the excavation damaged a significant portion of the root structure of the tree. It is with great regret that we have concluded that this tree must be taken down.   

This work was an egregious breach of the City's permit requirements with Eversource. The City has shutdown Eversource from working on Gore Street until additional tree protection measures are implemented and restitution of the damage to city property has been determined. 
 
Removal of the Street Tree:

The City Arborist and an independent certified arborist have evaluated the tree and the damage to the root structure.  Each of them has recommended that the tree be removed immediately due to the extent and severity of the root damage. 
 
The tree will be removed on Thursday June 21, 2018. A professional tree removal company has been hired and the removal process will be overseen by the City Arborist. The street tree and its canopy cannot be replaced, but the location will be replanted. We will work with the City Arborist during the Gore Street design process to determine if one or more larger than typical trees can be successfully replanted in this location.
 
I cannot emphasize enough the City's commitment to maintaining and enhancing our urban tree canopy. This incident is not a reflection of that commitment and we all recognize that it is simply unacceptable. Please contact me at kwatkins@cambridgema.gov / 617-349-4751 with any questions about the incident, to learn more about what is being done to mitigate the loss of the street trees, or for information about the overall Gore Street construction project.
 

Sincerely,

Kathy Watkins
City Engineer
Assistant Commissioner of Engineering
Cambridge Department of Public Works








COMMUNITY MEETING NOTICE- Gore St & Rufo Rd reconstruction

Eversource Gas and Divco West, the developer of Cambridge Crossing (formerly known as NorthPoint), are currently upgrading utilities on Gore St between Monsignor O’Brien Highway and Warren St.Following this construction, the City will reconstruct the watermain, replace any lead services, and reconstruct the roadway and sidewalks on Gore St. This is an opportunity to improve Gore St for residents, as well as for people walking and biking along the street. 

The City has received initial requests from residents for traffic calming, sidewalk improvements, street trees, signage, and more. We want to hear from you regarding what works well; what needs improving; and what changes should be incorporated into the project. The project will also include the reconstruction of Rufo Rd between Gore St and the Somerville line.

Please join city staff on Tuesday, June 19th from 7-8:30pm in the Community Room of the Millers River Apartments to learn more about the street and sidewalk reconstruction and to give your input on what, if any, changes should be incorporated into the reconstruction of Gore St and Rufo Rd. 

For Information or Assistance: If you have any questions regarding the current construction, please contact Divco West at mitigation@csl-consulting.com or by phone at 617-866-8971. For more information, please visit the project website www.npconstruction.info .If you have any questions regarding the redesign of Gore Street, please contact Kate Riley, Community Relations, at 617.349.4870 or kriley@cambridgema.gov. To join the email distribution list for this project please email Kate or visit http://bit.ly/GoreSt to join.Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.


June 19th: Design Kick Off- Community Meeting

November 1st: Survey and Design Concepts- Community Meeting to evaluate concepts

Winter-Spring 2018-2019: Design Finalization

  • Upcoming Community Meeting to review design
  • Traffic Data Collection

Summer 2019: Bidding for Construction

Fall 2019: Construction Commencement- Community Meeting to kick-off construction

Eversource Gas and Divco West, the developer of Cambridge Crossing (formerly known as NorthPoint), are currently upgrading utilities on Gore St between Monsignor O’Brien Highway and Warren St.

Following this construction, the City will reconstruct the watermain, replace any lead services, and reconstruct the roadway and sidewalks on Gore St. This is an opportunity to improve Gore St for residents, as well as for people walking and biking along the street. The City has received initial requests from residents for traffic calming, sidewalk improvements, street trees, signage, and more. We want to hear from you regarding what works well; what needs improving; and what changes should be incorporated into the project. The project will also include the reconstruction of Rufo Rd between Gore St and the Somerville line.

For questions regarding design and engineering:

Kara Falise, Senior Engineer

617-349-4827 kfalise@cambridgema.gov


For questions regarding community relations:

Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager

617-349-4870 kriley@cambridgema.gov


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