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Franklin St. Reconstruction Project

Franklin Street, between Pleasant Street and Landsdowne Street, is scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018 as part of the City's 5-Year Sidewalk & Street Reconstruction Plan.

The following email was sent on 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.

 

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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 Notice: Franklin St. Reconstruction Project- Drainage work to begin week of February 3rd

As part of the Franklin St. Reconstruction Project, the City’s contractor, Newport Construction, will begin mobilizing on Franklin St. this 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, February 3rd, weather permitting, Newport will begin the installation of several catch basins along the curb line to improve drainage along Franklin St.

 

The Franklin St. Reconstruction Project is part of the City’s 5-Year Plan for Street and Sidewalks and will include paving, sidewalk work, and pedestrian ramp 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 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.


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 Franklin 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.


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 on April 10th

Franklin Street, between Pleasant Street and Landsdowne Street, is scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018.

On Tuesday, April 10, from 6:00-7:30 pm, the Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works will be hosting a community meeting in the Community Room of the Alice K. Wolf Center located 5 Western Ave.

The focus of this meeting will be to hear neighbors’ concerns and review preliminary design 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.  To receive future updates via email, please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov / 617.349.4825. 


February 2018:

  • A follow up community meeting will be held early Spring 2018 to discuss initial plans. Please check back for more information once that meeting is scheduled.


Community Meeting on October 10th

Franklin Street, between Pleasant Street and Landsdowne Street, is scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018.
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 Tuesday, October 10 from 6:00-7:30 pm, the Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works will be hosting a community meeting in the Alice K. Wolf Center’s conference room located at 5 Western Avenue.

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.

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


The following is an updated tentative schedule and is subject to change. 

January 2020: Drainage and utility work (8 weeks)

June 2020: Grinding of the roadway

Summer 2020 - Summer 2021: Curb and sidewalk work

Fall 2021: Final paving, signage and punch list items



The following is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. 

November 2019 - January 2020: Drainage and utility worK

June 2020: Grinding of the roadway

June - July 2020: Curb and sidewalk work

July 2020: Final paving, signage and punch list items

Franklin Street, between Pleasant Street and Landsdowne Street, is scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018 as part of the City's 5-Year Sidewalk & Street Reconstruction Plan.

Kate Riley - Community Relations Manager

617-349-4870

kriley@cambridgema.gov

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