Chestnut Street Reconstruction Project

Chestnut Street from Sydney St. to Pleasant St. is scheduled for reconstruction in 2020 as part of the City's Five Year Plan for Sidewalk and Street Reconstruction.

Please note, the work referenced below has been postponed until September 9th. 

Notice: Chapter 90, Contract 24 – Road Reconstruction of Park Ave., Webster Ave., Chestnut St., Dodge St. and Elm St. 

As the design team continues their work, Briggs Engineering is scheduled to begin the pavement analysis on the Contract 24 Streets on Wednesday 8/28/2019. The working will include obtaining pavement cores and conducting small test pits, approximately 2’ by 2’, to obtain gravel samples below the pavement. Please take note of "No Parking" signs posted 48-hours in advance. 

Community Meeting Notice: Thursday, May 9th, 6-7:30PM

Chestnut St., between Sidney St. and Pleasant St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan.

The Department of Public Works will be hosting a community meeting on Thursday, May 9th 6PM-7:30PM at the Morse School Auditorium located at 40 Granite St. to discuss the Chestnut St. Reconstruction Project.

The project is part of the City’s Complete Streets initiative to design and operate streets that are safe for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transit users. The focus of this meeting will be to discuss the design and construction process and solicit feedback from the community. 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 Melissa Miguel, Supervising Engineer, at 617-349-9351/ To receive future updates via email, please contact Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, at / 617-349-4870. 

Notice: Chapter 90, Contract 24 – Road Reconstruction of Park Ave., Webster Ave., Chestnut St., Dodge St.

As part of the design process for roadway reconstruction of your street, the City's contractor Kleinfelder and their subcontractors, will begin field work which may include subsurface investigations, topographical survey, utility inspections, etc. The purpose of these investigations is to obtain existing pavement, utility, and soil/groundwater conditions. The results will assist in developing a complete street design for your street. Initial existing conditions survey will be presented at upcoming community meetings where residents will have the opportunity to provide input.

Residents will notice DigSafe marks in the area and should be are of No Parking signs. Subsurface investigation locations have been selected in areas that will give the best representation of roadway conditions while minimizing traffic and parking disruptions where possible. However, "No Parking" areas will still be designated. "No Parking" signs will be posted 48 hours in advance.

The impacted streets are:
  • Park Avenue – Huron Ave to Holworthy St
  • Webster Street – Lincoln St to Hampshire St
  • Chestnut Street – Sydney St to Pleasant St
  • Dodge Street – Western Ave to Callender St
All work is part of the early design phase and residents will be notified of all community meetings and any upcoming construction work as the project progresses.

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

What to Expect:
• Work hours will be 7 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday.
• “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/ If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for special accommodations that may be necessary.
For updated project information and to join the project email notification list please visit the City construction projects list.

May 2019: First Community Meeting

Summer/Fall 2019: Design

Fall 2019: Second Community Meeting

Spring/Summer 2020: Utility Work

Summer/Fall 2020: Construction

Kate Riley - Community Relations Manager


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