Russell Field Path Maintenance Improvement Project

The City of Cambridge and MBTA have been working together to develop a maintenance improvement project to address the issues on this path which is owned and maintained by the MBTA.

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


Russel Field Path Now Open - November 3, 2016

As of today, Thursday, November 3, the path has reopened for public use and the detour is no longer in place.

The City and MBTA thank residents for their patience and understanding while work on the path was performed.

Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to exercise caution while using the path as the contractor will be on site in the coming days to complete some additional work.

Path markings and signage also still need to be installed, and this work will be performed at a later date.

None of the remaining work is anticipated to require additional path closures.

Information and Assistance:
For any questions please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. Information about the project design, environmental assessment documents, and more are available at www.CambridgeMA.gov/theworks/RussellFieldPath. The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.


Russell Field Path
Project update & schedule - October 2016

Beginning on Tuesday, October 11, the MBTA’s Contractor, N.E.L Corporation, will begin preparations on site for the Russel Field Path maintenance project.

On Monday, October 17, the path will close for construction. The project is anticipated to take approximately 4 weeks to complete. A detour will be in place along Rindge Ave from Comeau Field to Alewife Brook Parkway. This sidewalk will serve as a pedestrian detour during the path closure. See detour map below in previous update.

Anticipated Construction Schedule, Weather Permitting:

10/11-10/14


  • Path remains open to use
  • Construction surveying
  • Detour signage installation
10/17-11/13
  • Path closed for construction
  • Removal of existing path pavement
  • Gravel fill
  • Path paving
  • Hydroseeding
  • Removal of temporary fencing and barriers

Information and Assistance:
For any questions please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. Information about the project design, environmental assessment documents, and more are available at www.CambridgeMA.gov/theworks/RussellFieldPath. The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.


Russell Field Path
Project update - September 2016

Last year, the City of Cambridge and the MBTA developed a maintenance improvement project to address poor drainage and flooding concerns on the Russell Field Path, which is maintained by the MBTA. The MBTA is planning to reconstruct the path beginning in mid-October. The project is anticipated to take 4 weeks to complete.

The project will raise the existing pathway elevation and not involve excavation of soils or soil-disturbing activities. Path markings at the intersection of Linear Park and the MBTA path at Russell Field will be installed by the City of Cambridge after the conclusion of the MBTA’s work. See image below for graphic showing similar markings. Signs along the path will also be installed and reinforce the message that the path is to be shared by all. See image below for graphic showing signage.

What to Expect During Construction:
  • Path reconstruction will require a temporary path closure and the public will not have access to the project area.
  • A detour will be in place along Rindge Ave from Comeau Field to Alewife Brook Parkway. This sidewalk will serve as a pedestrian detour during the path closure. See map below.

Detour Map

Information and Assistance:
For any questions please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. Project information and updates are also available on the project page on DPW’s website. The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.

Project Area, Markings, & Signage

Project Markings

Pathway Plan

Proposed Path


Russell Field Path
Project update – June 24, 2016

Last year, the City of Cambridge and the MBTA developed a maintenance improvement project to address poor drainage and flooding concerns on the Russell Field Path, which is maintained by the MBTA. The MBTA is planning to reconstruct the path this summer. More details will be available soon.

Project Updates:
• The MBTA has received a final construction bid package and has obtained approval from the Cambridge Conservation Commission to move forward with the path reconstruction.
• Path reconstruction will require a temporary path closure. More details will be available soon.
• The DPW and GCP Applied Technologies will be undertaking spot sidewalk improvements along Rindge Ave (from Comeau Field to Alewife Brook Parkway) starting the week of June 27. This sidewalk will serve as a pedestrian detour during the path closure.

Path Markings and Signage:
• Path markings at the intersection of Linear Park and the MBTA path at Russell Field will be installed. See next page for graphic showing similar markings.
• Signs along the path will also be installed and reinforce the message that the path is to be shared by all. See next page for graphic showing signage.
• Minor paving at the intersection will take place where possible to allow additional space for path users.

Information and Assistance:
For any questions please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. Project information and updates are also available on the project page on DPW’s website. The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.


Russell Field Path: Project Update
March 23, 2016 The City of Cambridge and MBTA have been working together to develop a maintenance improvement project to address the issues on the Russell Field Path which is owned and maintained by the MBTA.

Project Updates:
  • MBTA is planning to reconstruct the path mid-summer 2016.
  • Kleinfelder, the engineering consultant, is finalizing a construction bid package and a submittal for the Conservation Commission.
  • Construction will require a temporary path closure. Public Works and Kleinfelder are evaluating detour route options for path users.

Path Markings and Signage:
  • Path markings at the intersection of Linear Park and the MBTA path at Russell Field will be installed. See next page for graphic showing similar markings.
  • Signs along the path will also be installed and reinforce the message that the path is to be shared by all. See next page for graphic showing signage.
  • Minor paving at the intersection will take place where possible to allow additional space for path users.
Information and Assistance:
For any questions please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.



Community Meeting Notice: Russell Field Path
February 24, 2016


The Department of Public Works and the MBTA will host a community meeting on Wednesday, February 24th from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Rindge Ave Upper School auditorium located at 70 Rindge Ave to discuss path flooding issues on the multi-use path that connects Russell Field to the MBTA’s Alewife Station.

The City of Cambridge and MBTA have been working together to develop a maintenance improvement project to address the issues on this path which is owned and maintained by the MBTA.

Come to the meeting to learn more about the path and opportunities for improvements:
  • Background of flooding issues
  • Overview of the MBTA easement of the path
  • Construction challenges associated with this location
  • Options evaluated to improve the flooding, including short-term maintenance improvements that have been implemented
  • Proposed drainage and path improvements
  • Opportunities to improve bicycle and pedestrian sharing of path
  • Other opportunities
Information and Assistance:
For any questions please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.
MBTA is planning to reconstruct the path mid-summer 2016.

The City of Cambridge and MBTA have been working together to develop a maintenance improvement project to address the issues on the Russell Field Path which is owned and maintained by the MBTA.

Dan Riviello
Community Relations Manager
Cambridge Public Works
617-349-4825
driviello@cambridgema.gov

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