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Sixth Street Reconstruction Project

Sixth Street between Cambridge Street and Bent Street is currently scheduled for roadway work in the summer of 2018.

Final paving has been postponed due to weather conditions. It will now take place on Thursday November 5th and Friday November 6th.


Sixth St Reconstruction Project - Final paving to begin Monday October 26th

The City’s contractor, Newport Construction, will be prepping and paving Sixth Street beginning Tuesday, October 27th.

This work is expected to take approximately 4 days to complete, weather permitting. If conditions are wet on the day of scheduled paving, work will be delayed until the next day. Please visit the project page for any updates regarding rescheduling – https://www.cambridgema.gov/Departments/publicworks/cityprojects/2016/sixthstreconstruction.

Vehicle access in and out of properties will be restricted during work hours while crews perform the paving. Please plan vehicle trips accordingly.

Any additional restoration items related to the project, including back of sidewalk work and pavement markings, will be completed by the contractor in the coming weeks before the end of construction.

What to Expect during Paving

•Work hours will be 7 AM to 5 PM.
•Vehicle access in and out of properties will be restricted. Please plan vehicle and parking trips accordingly.
•“No Parking” signs will be posted; please be sure to check dates/times.
•Emergency vehicles and City services 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.


October 2020

Week of 10/5 - Curb and sidewalk work continuing for the next two weeks. 

Week of 10/26 - Final roadway paving scheduled, weather permitting. An additional notice for this work will be posted in the upcoming weeks.


Notice: Sixth St Reconstruction Project - Roadway reconstruction to resume August 31st

As part of the ongoing street and sidewalk reconstruction work on Sixth Street, the City’s Contractor, Newport Construction., will reconstruct the roadway on Sixth St. (at Bent St.) during the week of August 31st. This work is anticipated to last for approximately one week, weather permitting.

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. We kindly ask that motorists drive through the construction zone slowly outside of general working hours.

Following this work, the City’s contractor, Newport Construction, will mobilize on Tuesday, September 8th to begin curb and sidewalk work. Crews will begin removing the sidewalks, removing and resetting curbing, and then installing new sidewalks.

This work is expected to take approximately 8 weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Final roadway paving will occur at the end of the project and will be announced via an additional notice in the coming months. Detours will be in place during work hours. Please look for Detour signs, Road Closed signs, and No Parking signs as they will be changing frequently during the work.

What to Expect During Construction:

  • General work hours will be 7am – 4pm, Monday-Friday.
  • During this work, the roadway will be lower, making the curbs higher for parked cars. Please use caution when opening car doors as to not damage them on curbs.
  • Please check posted No Parking signs.
  • Please follow pedestrian detour signs.
  • Access to properties will be maintained, when possible.
  • Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and City services.

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.


The following email was sent May 28, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

 

On March 18th, Cambridge issued a Temporary Emergency Construction Moratorium to limit construction in the City to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.   Last week, the City issued an Amended Temporary Emergency Construction Order to allow construction to restart in a phased approach in the coming weeks.   

 

What does this mean for construction in my neighborhood?

 

Beginning this week, you may start to see some construction activity related to site safety preparations, including installation of hand wash stations and other site modifications related to COVID-19 safety precautions. Beginning June 1st, you may start to see increased activity on your street related to the re-starting of construction. We will be in touch via additional notices with a schedule and information specific to the project on your street.

 

Residents should be aware that No Parking signs will start to appear in relation to construction activity. Contractors will make every effort to provide 48-hours’ notice, but please check the street frequently.

 

Help Us Spread the Word!

We will not be distributing paper notices to each location at this time. Please encourage your neighbors to sign up to receive email notifications about projects around the City at cambridgema.gov/subscribe.

COVID-19 Control Plan for Construction:

In addition to the stringent safety guidelines required by the State, all contractors will need to submit to the Inspectional Services Department or Department of Public Works, as appropriate, a COVID-19 Control Plan for Cambridge on permitted projects. This plan will require:

  •  A cleaning and decontamination checklist; The number of workers expected on the job site; and
  •  No non-essential personnel may be present at the worksite.
  •  Additionally, contractors will be encouraged, and in some cases required, to conduct a site-specific risk analysis and enhanced COVID-19 safety plan for more complex projects.

As previously announced on May 18, the City of Cambridge will expand currently allowed construction activity in the City in four phases:

  • Phase 1, beginning May 25, will add site safety prep work for projects previously permitted by Inspectional Services (ISD) and Public Works (DPW). Forthcoming amendments to the City’s Temporary Emergency Construction Order issued on March 18 will modify the definition of essential construction to include work associated with COVID-19 restaurant modification needed to allow them to safely reopen;
  • Phase 2, beginning on June 1, will add horizontal construction, city building projects, 100% affordable housing developments, larger buildings (over 25,000 square feet) previously permitted by ISD or DPW;
  • Phase 3, tentatively beginning on June 15, will add all remaining existing construction previously permitted by ISD and DPW; and
  • Phase 4, tentatively beginning on June 29, will add new permits. Permits can be submitted, and pre-reviews will occur at any time, but permits will not be formally accepted or issued until this date.


For additional details on the Amended Temporary Emergency Construction Order, please click
here


Construction Updates

Week of 11/4-11/15: Crews will be continuing to reconstruct the road between Cambridge St. and Thorndike St.  

Week of 11/18-11/26: Crews will be reconstructing between Thorndike St. and Bent St.


Notice: Sixth Street Reconstruction Project- Roadway Reconstruction to Begin Week of 10/28

In association with the Sixth Street Reconstruction Project, the City’s Contractor, Newport Construction., will begin to reconstruct the roadway on Sixth St. (between Cambridge St. and Bent St.) beginning the week of October 28th. This work is anticipated to last for approximately two weeks, weather permitting.

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. We kindly ask that motorists drive through the construction zone slowly outside of general working hours.

The contractor plans to complete 1-2 blocks of full-depth excavation, then perform base paving in that area before moving on to the next 1-2 block section.  This pattern will continue down Sixth Street.

Detours will be in place during work hours.  Please look for Detour signs, Road Closed signs, and No Parking signs as they will be changing frequently during the work.

What to Expect During Construction:

  • General work hours 7am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Please check posted No Parking signs.
  • During this work, the roadway will be lower, making the curbs higher for parked cars.  Please use caution when opening car doors as to not damage them on the curbs.
  • 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 Sixth Street project and will be announced via an additional notice in the coming months.

For Information and Assistance During Construction:

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


Sixth Street Reconstruction Project

Beginning the week of September 16th and continuing for the next 6 weeks, crews will be installing drainage structures along the curb line in order to improve drainage of Sixth St. Once this work is complete, crews will grind the road and apply a base layer of asphalt. In the spring of 2019, crews will be resetting curb and pouring new sidewalks. For an updated schedule please visit the "schedule" tab of this project page. 


Notice: Chapter 90 Contract 23B Reconstruction Project - Franklin Street (Pleasant St to Landsdowne St), Sixth Street (Cambridge St to Bent St), St. Mary Road (Inman Street to Prospect Street) Work beginning over the next month

As part of the Chapter 90 Contract 23B 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. They will also begin digging small test pits to evaluate subsurface conditions.  DigSafe markings will also begin appearing on the sidewalk and roadways. 

This project is part of the City’s 5-Year Plan for Street and Sidewalks and includes paving, sidewalk improvements and utility installation. The contract is valid through May 2021 for all three streets and while work is scheduled to begin on Sixth St., work on the other streets may take place concurrently.  Residents may experience periods of time where the contractor will move crews to another street in the contract before returning to complete the work due to the use of specialty crews to perform different aspects of the project.

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 material for a fee if they choose. More information is available in the "Documents" section of this project page. 

Information & Assistance:
Questions regarding this project?  Contact Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, at 617.349.4870/ kriley@cambridgema.gov or Emily Paulsen, Engineer, at 857-233-8878 / epaulsen@cambridgema.gov.  If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for special accommodations that may be necessary.

 


Construction Update: Recommendation to Award Contract

A recommendation will be made this week to award the contract to begin construction on Sixth St. This street is part of a larger package, including Sixth St., St. Mary Rd. and Franklin St. and an overall schedule will be determined once the contractor is on-board. 


Community Meeting Notice - Sixth Street Reconstruction Project
Thursday, June 21, Kennedy-Longfellow School Cafeteria

Sixth Street, between Cambridge Street and Bent Street, is scheduled for roadway and sidewalk reconstruction.

On Thursday, June 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm, City staff will be hosting an “Open House” in the Kennedy Longfellow School Cafeteria located at 158 Spring St. to review the proposed reconstruction plans with residents, discuss project schedule, and answer questions.

The plans were developed over a series of community meetings with residents, and we encourage you to attend this Open House as we value the feedback we receive from 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 Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov / 617.349.4825. 


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.


February 2018

  • Tree evaluations have been completed by the City Arborist.
  • Initial existing conditions survey is complete.
  • Construction is anticipated to begin late 2018 after the contracts have been finalized. 


November 2017

Surveyors will be on site to begin survey work as part of the design process.


Eversource Gas Notice - July 27, 2017

To our customers and neighbors on Sixth Street (Cambridge Street to Charles Street), It is necessary that we upgrade the natural gas main and services on Sixth Street. Weather permitting, Eversource Gas Main Construction will begin construction on Sixth Street on Tuesday August 1st, 2017, work hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please anticipate that the specific areas to be worked will be posted with no parking signs as needed, and Cambridge Police Officers’ will be on site to assist with the pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Proposed work is projected to take approximately 12-15 weeks.

We understand the inconvenience this may cause, and will make necessary efforts to minimize any interruption to your gas services. Depending on the existing conditions at your residence or business our work may involve moving natural gas meters outside, replacing your existing gas service line, and installing curb valves at the street. There may also be other upgrades required to ensure the safe and most efficient operation of the natural gas distribution system.

Upon completion of the construction process, paved or cemented areas, which were disturbed, will be permanently repaired with material similar to what was removed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this construction may cause. Please contact Supervisor of Construction, Marissa Blockus at (203) 722-7951.

Sincerely,

Richard Dell’Isolla
Supervisor of Construction
Eversource Energy Gas
Phone # 339-987-7354
Email: Richard Dell’isola@Eversource


Community Meeting Notice - Sixth Street Reconstruction Project
Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Sixth Street between Cambridge Street and Bent Street is currently scheduled for roadway work in the summer of 2018.
City staff is working with residents to discuss possible physical changes that could be incorporated in this project, including traffic calming. A community meeting was held on October 26, 2016 where residents discussed their concerns regarding Sixth Street.

On Tuesday, June 6th from 6:00-7:30 pm, the Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works will be hosting another community meeting in the Kennedy Longfellow School Cafeteria located at 158 Spring St.
The focus of this meeting will be to discuss the tools available to address the concerns shared by residents during the October community meeting.
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 about the design process, please contact Juan P. Avendano, Community Development Project Manager, at 617. 349.4655 / javendano@cambridgema.gov. To receive future updates related to construction via email, please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov / 617.349.4825.

Community Meeting Notice - Sixth Street Reconstruction Project
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sixth Street, between Cambridge Street and Charles Street, is scheduled for roadway work in the summer of 2017.
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.

On Wednesday, October 26 from 6:00-7:30 pm, the Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works will be hosting a community meeting in the Kennedy Longfellow School Cafeteria located at 158 Spring St.
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 following is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.

July 2019: Tree protection and subsurface soil testing

September/October 2019: Water, drainage and utility work

October 2019: Grinding of the roadway and primary paving

Spring 2020: Reset Curbs and Pour Sidewalks,  Final paving

Summer 2020: Pavement marking, signage and punch list items


Sixth Street between Cambridge Street and Bent Street is currently scheduled for roadway work in the summer of 2018.

City staff is working with residents to discuss possible physical changes that could be incorporated in this project, including traffic calming. 

Kate Riley - Community Relations Manager

617-349-4870

kriley@cambridgema.gov

Melissa Miguel - Supervising Engineer

617-349-9351

mmiguel@cambridgema.gov

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