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City Construction Projects

Complete Streets Approach

The City of Cambridge is committed to improving the roadways, sidewalk and utilities to make them safe for all users. The construction season in Cambridge runs from mid-April through November, weather permitting. Work may be done outside of the official construction season if it doesn’t interfere with snow removal. To learn more about how City streets are prioritized for reconstruction, please visit the 5 Year Sidewalk and Street Reconstruction Plan

  • City Construction Projects- For detailed information about City construction projects, see below. You can filter for projects In Planning, In Construction or Completed. These construction projects may also be viewed as a map. You can sign up to receive email updates for any of the projects by going to the “Contact” tab of the project page.
  • University Construction Projects- Harvard University Construction information can be found here, MIT Construction Information can be found here
  • Utility Construction and Private Development Projects- For all other construction updates, including work being done by the Cambridge Water Department, Cambridge Electric Department, Eversource, other utility companies and large private development projects, click here.

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Project Name & Description Description Type Status
Willard Street Drainage Improvement Project
The City of Cambridge has contracted with a consultant, HDR Engineering, to provide engineering design services for the Willard Street Drainage Improvement Project. The design will include replacing and/or rehabilitating the sewer and stormwater infrastructure and the construction of a new stormwater pipe and outfall at the Charles River. There is an opportunity to evaluate surface improvements to the roadway to promote traffic calming and improvements to bicycle and pedestrian accessibility.
The City of Cambridge has contracted with a consultant, HDR Engineering, to provide engineering design services for the Willard Street Drainage Improvement Project. The design will include replacing and/or rehabilitating the sewer and stormwater infrastructure and the construction of a new stormwater pipe and outfall at the Charles River. There is an opportunity to evaluate surface improvements to the roadway to promote traffic calming and improvements to bicycle and pedestrian accessibility. Sewer and Stormwater Current Construction
Western Ave Reconstruction Project
Includes Western Ave from Green St. to Memorial Dr.
Includes Western Ave from Green St. to Memorial Dr. Streets and Sidewalks Completed Project
Webster Avenue
Webster Ave, between Lincoln St. and Hampshire St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan.
Webster Ave, between Lincoln St. and Hampshire St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan. Streets and Sidewalks In Planning
Waterhouse Street
Street/ sidewalk reconstruction on Waterhouse Street.
Street/ sidewalk reconstruction on Waterhouse Street. Streets and Sidewalks Completed Project
War Memorial Tennis Courts Resurfacing and Drainage Project
The CRLS Tennis Courts will be under construction from late July to early September
The CRLS Tennis Courts will be under construction from late July to early September Parks Current Construction
Tufts Street Reconstruction
Magazine Street to Pearl Street
Magazine Street to Pearl Street Streets and Sidewalks Completed Project
Tremont Street Raised Intersection
Traffic Calming at Tremont/Gardner
Traffic Calming at Tremont/Gardner Traffic Calming Completed Project
Tobin Montessori & Vassal Lane Upper Schools Project
The Cambridge Public Schools’ Innovation Agenda will result in the creation of four new upper school campuses serving students in grades 6 to 8. The Tobin and Vassal Lane Upper Schools, located at 197 Vassal Lane, Cambridge, will be the third school to be redesigned.
The Cambridge Public Schools’ Innovation Agenda will result in the creation of four new upper school campuses serving students in grades 6 to 8. The Tobin and Vassal Lane Upper Schools, located at 197 Vassal Lane, Cambridge, will be the third school to be redesigned. City Managers Office In Planning
Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. Park
Formerly known as Rogers St. Park, this new City park is being constructed at 71 Rogers St.
Formerly known as Rogers St. Park, this new City park is being constructed at 71 Rogers St. Parks Public Works
Thorndike Street Reconstruction Project
Thorndike Street (Fulkerson St. to Third St.) Reconstruction Project includes sidewalk and roadway work as well as water main replacement.
Thorndike Street (Fulkerson St. to Third St.) Reconstruction Project includes sidewalk and roadway work as well as water main replacement. Streets and Sidewalks Current Construction

Tips and FAQs

Will I be able to get out of my driveway or walk down the street during construction?

If any work is scheduled to be performed directly in front of your driveway, the contractor will notify you directly regarding the accessibility timeline. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. if you live on a road that has a bicycle lane, the contractor will try to maintain a bicycle lane around the work zone. If that is not possible, crews will post signage in the area to alert cyclists that the bicycle lane ends and to alert motorists that they should "Share the Road" with cyclists.

How can I receive updates about construction in my neighborhood?

Click on the "Sign Up" button on the Contact tab of the project page or go to cambridgema.gov/subscribe to search for mailing lists. 

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