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Broadway Improvements

Broadway Improvements:  Third Street to Ames

This project has been completed. No further updates to this project page will be made.

September 27, 2014

The project has been completed.


June 23, 2014

The contractor is expected to complete landscaping this week.


June 16, 2014

The contractor is expected to complete landscaping in the area over the next two weeks.


June 9, 2014

Crews have mobilized to the area to perform landscaping operations, including the installation of an irrigation system.


March 3, 2014

Crews will mobilize this spring to install irrigation systems and landscape the area.


November 18, 2013

Crews are currently scheduled to perform roadway line striping on Tuesday, November 19.


October 28, 2013

On Wednesday, October 30, MassDOT’s contractor, DeFelice Construction, will be paving Broadway between Ames Street and Third Street. Work hours will be 6 AM to 6 PM, and we expect paving to take 1 day to complete. Eastbound traffic on Broadway will continue to be detoured to Main Street and Binney Street during work hours; a westbound travel lane will continue to remain open. Ames Street will be closed at Broadway to through traffic. Please note paving is weather dependent and may be rescheduled due to rain.


October 8, 2013

Crews are currently planting and working on the irrigation system in the project area.


August 12, 2013

Crews continue to perform sidewalk work between the Marriott Hotel on Broadway and Ames Street.


August 5, 2013

This week, crews will be performing sidewalk work between the Marriott Hotel on Broadway and Ames Street.


July 29, 2013

Crews continue to perform sidewalk work on Broadway in front of the Marriott Hotel.


July 22, 2013

Crews continue to perform sidewalk work on Broadway in front of the Marriott Hotel.


July 8, 2013

This week, crews continue to work on sidewalks on the south side of Broadway near the Marriott Hotel.


June 3, 2013

Crews are currently working on the sidewalks on the north bound side of Broadway. In addition to the work on the northbound side, crews are prepping the work area for the southbound side of Broadway.


May 29, 2013

Crews are currently completing sidewalk work on the north side of Broadway between Ames Street and Third Street.


May 6, 2013

This week, crews setting curb and prepping for new sidewalk on the north side of Broadway between Third Street and Ames Street.


April 4, 2013

MassDOT's contractor, DeFelice Construction, will mobilize on the north side (Volpe Center) of Broadway at Ames St during the week of April 8 to begin utility upgrades and sidewalk reconstruction.  Crews will work their way towards Third St performing the upgrades for about 2 months. 

Once this section is complete, crews will move to the south side (Marriott) of Broadway  to begin sidewalk reconstruction.


March 11, 2013

On Monday March 11, crews will begin installing street lights on Broadway between Third St and Ames St. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the week.  No Parking signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of construction. Please be sure to check posted signs for exact dates and times.


January 8, 2013

The Broadway Improvements Project has been awarded to DeFelice Corporation, and they will  begin work in March 2013. In preparation for that, the Cambridge Electrical Department has been working on installing new roadway lighting on Broadway.

For more information on this project, please view the Project Background tab.


The project is substantially complete.  Remaining items include irrigation work and landscaping, which will take place in spring 2014.

The City developed plans to reconstruct the roadway and sidewalk on Broadway between Third Street and Ames Street.  This is a surface enhancement project with the intention of increasing aesthetic appeal and pedestrian and bicycle safety.

The Proposed Work Includes:

  • Roadway and sidewalk reconstruction between Third and Ames Streets
  • Improved pedestrian safety at the Volpe-to-Marriott crosswalk by re-alignment of the crosswalk and elimination the double jeopardy situation (pedestrians currently step into a traffic lane in front of or between a stopped vehicle and then into an adjacent traffic lane with limited visibility)
  • Improvement of the hotel edge and taxi zone to reduce vehicle conflicts and enhance pedestrian and bicycle access
  • Increasing the quantity and quality of green space
  • Maintaining Broadway's current vehicle capacity

Project Documents from the 100% Design Submission Package:

100 % Design Plans

100% Specifications

Cost Estimate

Project Documents from the 25% Design Submission Package:
25% Submission Design Drawings
Functional Design Report (14 megs, zip file)
25% Highway Design Review Checklist
Cost Estimate
Early Environmental Coordination
Categorical Exclusion Determination Checklist
Traffic Management Plans






Cambridge Department of Public Works 147 Hampshire Street


Office hours are Mondays, 8:30 AM to 8 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM Fridays, 8:30 AM to 12 noon


If you need additional information or assistance related to this work please contact Katherine Watkins at 617.349.4751 or by email at kwatkins@cambridgema.gov.

You may also contact Kelly Dunn, Community Relations Manager at kdunn@cambridgema.gov to be added to future mailings.

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