Huron Ave Reconstruction Project

Huron Ave, between Concord Ave. and Raymond St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan.

On Friday, August 9th, weather permitting, crews will be applying an initial 4” layer of binder pavement to the roadway on Huron Ave. between Concord Ave. and Raymond St. and on Cutler Ave. This work requires parking restrictions along this stretch. Signs will be posted 48 hours in advance and cars that remain in the work zone will be towed. Vehicle access in and out of properties will be restricted during work hours while crews perform the paving. Please plan vehicle trips accordingly.

There will be a grade difference between the regular road and the section under construction. Crews will also be raising casting structures in the street. We kindly ask that motorists and cyclists drive through the construction zone slowly. The roadway will also be lower, making the curbs higher for parked cars. Please use caution when opening car doors so as not to damage them on the curbs.

There will be a brief hiatus in work after this paving operation. Crews will return to begin curb and sidewalk work followed by final roadway paving. This work will be announced via an additional notice in the coming weeks.

What to Expect During Construction:
  • General work hours 7am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Please check posted No Parking signs.
  • Access will be maintained for abutters whenever possible. Caution should be used. After work hours, roadways will reopen for all in their normal travel directions.
  • Access will be maintained for City services and emergency vehicles.
  • Vehicle access in and out of properties will be restricted during work hours while crews perform the paving. Please plan vehicle trips accordingly.

Reminder: Sidewalk Material Form deadline extended to August 15, 2019 (form originally sent with June 18th notice)
  • Sidewalk material options- It is the City’s policy to replace existing sidewalks with the same material (concrete with concrete, brick with wire cut brick). However, during this project, property owners will have the option of changing their sidewalk material for a fee if they choose. More information is available on the "Documents" tab of the project page. If no change is requested, you do not need to return the form.

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 Brian Mclane, at 617-945-4084 / bmclane@cambridgema.gov. For more information about the project and to sign up for the project email list, visit www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/huron. If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for accommodations that may be necessary.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this construction. 


July 9th, 2019

The following Three Week Look Ahead is subject to change based on weather:

Week of 7/8: Crews will continue to work on water services on Huron Ave. between Concord and Garden.

Week of 7/15: Crews will be reconstructing the roadway between Concord and Garden (see notice below)

Week of 7/22: Crews will be continuing to work on water services between Garden and Raymond.

Week of 7/29: Crews will be reconstructing the roadway between Garden and Raymond.


July 5th, 2019

**The roadway work that was scheduled to begin Monday, July 8th will now begin Monday, July 15th**


July 2, 2019

Notice: Huron Ave Reconstruction Project- Roadway Work Beginning week of Monday, July 8th.

The Huron Ave Reconstruction Project is continuing to progress and we wanted to alert you of a change in construction phases beginning on Monday, July 8th. This work will take place in two phases:

Concord Ave. to Garden St.: Now that the drainage work is complete, crews will move on to roadway reconstruction. To ensure that the roadway conditions will be favorable for many years to come, crews will engage in full-depth reconstruction. At the end of each day, the contractor will clean the work site to allow for motorists to utilize the roadway. There will be a grade difference between the regular road and the section under construction. We kindly ask that motorists drive through the construction zone slowly. The roadway will also be lower, making the curbs higher for parked cars. Please use caution when opening car doors so as not to damage them on the curbs. This work is expected to take 2 weeks.

Garden St. to Raymond St.: Crews will begin working to replace the water services on this section of Huron Ave. Please exercise caution when biking, walking and driving in the area. This work is expected to take one month. After the water work is complete, crews will move to this section for full-depth reconstruction.

What to Expect During Construction:
  • General work hours 7am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Please check posted No Parking signs.
  • Access will be maintained for abutters whenever possible. Caution should be used. After work hours, roadways will reopen for all in their normal travel directions.
  • Access will be maintained for City services and emergency vehicles.

Final roadway paving will occur at the end of the Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project and will be announced via an additional notice in the coming months.


June 3, 2019

Crews will continue working to replace the water main between Garden St. and Raymond St. 


May 6, 2019

In association with The Department of Public Works (DPW) roadway and sidewalk reconstruction project, the Cambridge Water Department (CWD) will be replacing the old 6” water main on Huron Ave., from Garden St. to Raymond St.. This work is scheduled to begin the week of May 28th.  During this process the Water Department will be upgrading the existing 100+ year old 6” cast iron water main with a new 8” Ductile Iron water main which will include all valves hydrants and water services. This work is expected to take approximately 2 months to complete.

IMPROVING YOUR WATER SYSTEM:
As part of our ongoing maintenance program, we must periodically recondition and replace sections of our water system to maintain the highest quality water at an adequate pressure. Some of the benefits of this work are improved water quality, better flows, increased fire protection and better control of our system.

HOW WILL THIS WORK AFFECT YOU?
WATER SERVICE - The water main or your water service may need to be taken out of service to improve the system. During this project we will make every effort to minimize water service interruptions. While the work is in progress, residents and businesses along the route may have a need to be provided with a “temporary” supply of water during these interruptions. We will notify you at least 72 hours in advance of any water interruptions and make every effort to minimize impacts to your water service.

PARKING - Some restricted parking will occur during construction and every effort to minimize this inconvenience will be made. Daily work zones will be posted for no parking and every effort will be made to avoid any vehicle towing.

PLEASE….WATCH YOUR STEP!
If you live, travel, work or shop in the project area, you'll notice a number of openings in the street to allow access to the water main running across the intersections. All openings will be covered at the end of each workday and will be resurfaced as soon as possible after the project is finished. You can help by cautioning your family and friends to watch their step and to avoid the work areas as much as possible.

LEAD LINED WATER SERVICES:
The water department will be removing all lead-lined water services within this project area and replacing them with copper tubing. If our records indicate that you have a lead lined service, you will receive additional correspondence explaining the process and what steps you need to take at a later time. The lead-lined water services will be replaced from the water main to the property line (rear of sidewalk) at no charge to the customer. With regard to your water service from the property line to the water meter (property side), you may elect to retain the services of a contractor of your choice or you can select any of the pre-approved contractor’s from a list that will be provided with the upcoming lead service notification letter. The cost for replacing the water service from the property line to the water meter will be the responsibility of the property owner. It is in your best financial interest to have the property side water service work done in coordination with the work of the Water Department. We will notify you in advance if you currently have a lead service line to your property.

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM:
If a problem should occur as a result of our work please report it directly to the Cambridge Water Department by calling Rich Holly @ 617-349-4788 Mon-Fri from 7-3 or our 24-hour emergency number at 617-349-4770. For any issues with the Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project, you can contact Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, 617-349-4870 / kriley@cambridgema.gov. Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we work to improve your water system.


March 26, 2019

Update:
Newport Construction, will begin mobilizing on Huron Ave next week ahead of the start of drainage work.

Newport has installed tree protection along the street and will be performing survey and layout work, saw-cutting areas of the roadway, and delivering drainage structures to the site this week.

On or about Monday, 4/1, Newport will begin the installation of several catch basins along the curb line to improve drainage along Huron Ave. This will begin at Concord Ave and work its way toward Raymond Street, weather permitting. Following the drainage work, crews will be working on replacing the water main with an anticipated start at the end of April. A separate notice will be delivered by the Water Department ahead of water main replacement. 

What to Expect During Construction:

  • Work hours will be 7 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday.
  • “No Parking” signs will be posted; please be sure to check dates/times. 
  • Vehicle access in and out of properties will be maintained but may be restricted for short periods. If you need access and your driveway is blocked, please speak to a crew member on site and they will make accommodations for you.
  • Emergency vehicles and City service vehicles will have access at all times.

Information & Assistance:
Questions regarding this project? Contact Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, at 617.349.4870/ kriley@cambridgema.gov or Melissa Miguel, Supervising Engineer, at 617-349-9351 / mmiguel@cambridgema.gov. If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for special accommodations that may be necessary.


March 21, 2019

Update: Newport will complete installing tree protection along the street over the next week.

Phase 1 of drainage improvements will begin on or around April 1, 2019, along Huron Ave between Concord Ave and Garden Street. Newport Construction will continue this utility work over seven weeks.


Notice: Chapter 90 Contract 23A Reconstruction Project - Riedesel Ave, Brewster St, Highland St and Huron Ave (Concord Ave to Raymond St.) Work beginning over the next month.

As part of the Chapter 90 Contract 23A Reconstruction Project, the City’s contractor, Newport Construction, will begin mobilizing in the coming days.

Newport will begin installing tree protection along the street, performing survey and layout work, saw-cutting areas of the roadway and delivering drainage structures.  DigSafe markings will also begin appearing on the sidewalk and roadways. 

Over the next month, weather permitting, Newport will begin the installation of the water main along Huron Ave between Garden and Raymond Streets. Resident of Huron Ave. will receive a notice with specific details regarding this work. Additionally, notices will be delivered to each individual street detailing work specific to that street as the project progresses.

This project is part of the City’s 5-Year Plan for Street and Sidewalks and will include paving, sidewalk improvements and utility installations.

What to Expect During Construction:

  • Work hours will be 7 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday.
  • “No Parking” signs will be posted; please be sure to check dates/times. 
  • Vehicle access in and out of properties will be maintained but may be restricted for short periods. If you need access and your driveway is blocked, please speak to a crew member on site and they will make accommodations for you.
  • Emergency vehicles and City service vehicles will have access at all times. 

The addition of street trees is also part of this project and planting will take place at the end of the project during either the fall or spring planting season.

Residents should also be aware of the following:

Back of Sidewalk Tree Planting Program: The term “Back of Sidewalk" refers to the edge of the sidewalk where public way meets private properties.  In the case of this program, the City will plant trees along the back of sidewalk, (up to 20 feet off the public way) on private property of interested, eligible owners

Sidewalk material options: It is the City’s policy to replace existing sidewalks with the same material (concrete with concrete, brick with wire cut brick). However, during this project, property owners will have the option of changing their sidewalk for a fee if they choose. More information is available here

Information & Assistance:
Questions regarding this project?  Contact Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, at 617.349.4870/ kriley@cambridgema.gov or Brian McLane, Engineer, at 617-945-4084 / bmclane@cambridgema.gov.  If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for special accommodations that may be necessary. For more info about specific projects visit the City construction projects list.


Notice: Community Meeting Notice- Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project

Tobin School Auditorium - 197 Vassal Lane

Tuesday, September 25th

Huron Ave, between Concord Ave. and Raymond St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan. The Department of Public Works and the City’s Community Development Department will be hosting a third community meeting on Tuesday, September 25th from 6PM-7:30PM at the Tobin School Auditorium, 197 Vassal Lane to discuss the Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project.

At the two previous meetings on April 23rd and June 14th we discussed:

  • Traffic calming measures
  • Congestion at the intersection of Huron Ave. and Garden St.
  • Pedestrian safety concerns at the intersection of Huron Ave. and Raymond St.
  • Bike safety concerns at congested intersections
  • Evaluation of existing trees and potential locations for new trees

As a result of these discussions, we have:

  • Met with the fire department to review design options
  • Conducted a parking study to evaluate the demand for on-street parking and assess the loading zone requirements to support local businesses
  • Met with the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Transit Committees
  • Met with the City Arborist to strategize ways to increase street trees

The goal of this third meeting will be to discuss the information we’ve received and present our recommendations for improving this section of Huron Ave. for all of the various users of the street.

We encourage you to attend, as we value the feedback we receive from Cambridge residents and businesses.


Preliminary draft project plans have been posted to the documents tab. These are draft plans for discussion only. Please contact Melissa Miguel, Supervising Engineer or Kate Riley, Community Relations with any feedback or questions. 
Community Meeting Notice
Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project
Tobin School - Auditorium
197 Vassal Lane
Thursday, June 14th 6:30PM-8PM

Huron Ave, between Concord Ave. and Raymond St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan.

The Department of Public Works and the City’s Community Development Department will be hosting a second community meeting on Thursday, June 14th from 6PM-7:30PM at the Tobin School Auditorium, 197 Vassal Lane to discuss the Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project.

City staff would like to discuss preliminary designs for traffic calming and safety improvements for the street. These designs were developed after receiving feedback at the first community meeting held Tuesday, April 3rd. We encourage you to attend, as we value the feedback we receive from Cambridge residents and businesses.

Information and Assistance:

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request. For more information, please contact Juan P. Avendano, Community Development Project Manager, at 617. 349.4655 / javendano@cambridgema.gov. To receive future updates via email, please contact Kate Riley, Project Administrator - Community Relations at kriley@cambridgema.gov / 617.349.4870.


NOTICE: Boring and Pavement Core Samples on Your Street - 5/2

As part of the design process for roadway reconstruction of your street, the City's consultant, through Carr-Dee Corporation, will begin subsurface investigations. The purposes of these investigations is to obtain existing pavement, soil and groundwater conditions. The results will assist in determining the type of roadway reconstruction that will take place on your street.

Boring locations have been selected in areas that will give the best representation of roadway conditions while minimizing traffic and parking disruptions. However, "No Parking" areas will still be designated and a detail officer has been requested to be on-sight to help direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic. "No Parking" signs will be posted 48 hours in advance.

The impacted streets are:

  • Highland St.

  • Brewster St.
  • Riedesel Ave.
  • Huron Ave.
  • St. Mary Rd.
  • Franklin St.
  • Sixth St.

In addition to these test sites, you may start to see utilities markings in the road and on the sidewalk. This is all part of the design phase. You will be notified in advance of any street and sidewalk construction as the project progresses.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve your street.


Community Meeting Notice
Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project
Cambridge Public Library - Boudreau Branch
245 Concord Ave.
Tuesday, April 3th 6PM-7:30PM


Huron Ave, between Concord Ave. and Raymond St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan.

City staff would like to work with residents to discuss possible physical changes to the road that could be incorporated into this project to slow vehicles and increase pedestrian safety.

The Department of Public Works and the City’s Community Development Department will be hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd from 6PM-7:30PM at the Cambridge Public Library - Boudreau Branch located at 245 Concord Ave. to discuss the Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project. 

The focus of this meeting will be to hear neighbors’ concerns and provide information about options for the street. We encourage you to attend, as we value the feedback we receive from Cambridge residents and businesses.

Information and Assistance:
The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request. For more information, please contact Juan P. Avendano, Community Development Project Manager, at 617. 349.4655 / javendano@cambridgema.gov. To receive future updates via email, please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov / 617.349.4825.

The schedule below is an updated schedule as of August 2019

August/September 2019: curb and sidewalk work (approximately 8 weeks)

October 2019: final paving of roadway (approximately 2-3 days)

October 2019: Punch list items (approximately 2 weeks)


The schedule presented below is APPROXIMATE and may change due to weather or unforeseen complications with subsurface conditions. 

Mid-late March 2019: Install tree protection and signage (approximately 2 weeks)

April/May 2019: Drainage and utility work (approximately 7 weeks)

May/June 2019: Water main replacement (approximately 6 weeks)

June 2019: Grind road and put down primary binder coat (approximately 4 weeks)

June/July/August 2019: Curb and sidewalk work (approximately 10 weeks)

August 2019: Final pavement of roadway (approximately 2-3 days)

August/September 2019: Punch list items (approximately 2 weeks)


This project is currently in the planning phase. More information will be provided once a schedule is determined.

April, 2017

This project is currently in the design phase. The first community meeting was held on April 3, 2018 to hear resident feedback on initial design plans. See "Documents" tab for plans. Another community meeting will be held late summer/fall 2018. See "Updates" tab for most up-to-date information. 


Huron Ave, between Concord Ave. and Raymond St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan.


For General Questions and Concerns:

Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager: 617-349-4870 / construction@cambridgema.gov


For Construction Related Questions:

Melissa Miguel, Supervising Engineer: 617-349-9351 / mmiguel@cambridgema.gov


For Traffic Calming:

Juan Avendano, Traffic Calming Project Manager: 617-349-4655 / javendano@cambridgema.gov



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