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River Street Reconstruction Project

The River Street Reconstruction project includes River Street from Memorial Drive to Mass Av, the bus terminal area at River and Magazine Streets, and Carl Barron Plaza. Carl Barron Plaza is the public plaza space in front of the Amazon, Cambridge Savings Bank, and Holmes building entrance.

The objectives of this project are to create a street design on River Street that meets everyone's needs; address the utility and surface infrastructure needs of River Street; and develop and install a new design for Carl Barron Plaza.

Project goals

  • Provide new sanitary sewer, stormwater and water infrastructure to ensure adequate utility levels of service. Portions of these systems are more than 100 years old and have fallen into a deteriorated condition over time.
  • Provide new surface infrastructure that meets the needs of all the various users and does so in a way that engages the local community, contributes to overall enhancement of the neighborhood, and meets the City’s goals related to infrastructure, transportation, and urban design. The project aims to create a streetscape design that enables people to travel safely and comfortably by various transportation modes while enhancing the neighborhood context and supporting local businesses.
  • Reconstruct Carl Barron Plazathe significant open space at the heart of Central Square. The Plaza design will include consideration of public art, fixed and movable seating, circulation, accessibility, plantings, and landscaping. The project team is also making sure that public plaza design meets the transportation and mobility needs of bus riders and people passing through the plaza.
  • Undertake a robust public process that engages all the various stakeholders along the corridor including neighbors, neighborhood groups, businesses and business groups, city standing committees, and other advisory committees.

The project team engaging the community and design through early 2022. The project is now out to bid for a contractor.  The City expects construction to begin in 2022.

In December 2018, the City of Cambridge appointed a working group to represent a cross-section of resident and business interests in the corridor, as well as representatives from relevant citizen advisory committees. Working Group members participated in 12 meetings, reviewed written material, and advised the City on design issues associated with the reconstruction of the River Street corridor and Carl Barron Plaza.

For a complete review of the community process, please visit: https://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/Projects/Transportation/riverstreetreconstruction


July 2022

Earlier this summer, the City requested bids for building the River Street reconstruction project. We have identified a low bidder who will become our contractor upon contract signing. The contractor will manage work on and build the new street design. The contractor will begin to organize and schedule workers, equipment, and materials. The City will oversee their work. The contractor expects to begin construction later this year. Once the contractor finishes a construction schedule, we will host a community engagement for you to see the final drawings, to learn about the construction schedule, and to ask questions.

This project is currently out to bid for a contractor. Once a contractor is on-board, a full schedule will be released. 

For details about the community process, please visit: https://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/Projects/Transportation/riverstreetreconstruction


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