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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
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
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
The Port Infrastructure Improvements Project
Construction of water, sewer, drainage, street and sidewalk improvements in The Port
Construction of water, sewer, drainage, street and sidewalk improvements in The Port Sewer and Stormwater Current Construction
Taylor Square Fire Station Improvement Project
Beginning Spring 2019 and lasting for approximately 12 months, several improvements will be taking place at the Taylor Square Fire Station. Work will be taking place on the interior and exterior of the building. See below for project updates, timeline and additional info.
Beginning Spring 2019 and lasting for approximately 12 months, several improvements will be taking place at the Taylor Square Fire Station. Work will be taking place on the interior and exterior of the building. See below for project updates, timeline and additional info. Buildings Current Construction
Talbot Street Outfall
MIT in collaboration with the City of Cambridge is planning to install a new drainage structure from Talbot Street to the Charles River to improve stormwater management in the area due to current and future development. The project will begin construction in October of this year and continue through to the Fall of 2019.
MIT in collaboration with the City of Cambridge is planning to install a new drainage structure from Talbot Street to the Charles River to improve stormwater management in the area due to current and future development. The project will begin construction in October of this year and continue through to the Fall of 2019. Sewer and Stormwater Current Construction
St Mary Road Reconstruction Project
St. Mary Road, between Inman Street and Prospect Street, is scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018 as part of the City's 5 Year Sidewalk & Street Reconstruction Plan.
St. Mary Road, between Inman Street and Prospect Street, is scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018 as part of the City's 5 Year Sidewalk & Street Reconstruction Plan. Streets and Sidewalks Current Construction
Sixth Street Reconstruction Project
Sixth Street between Cambridge Street and Bent Street is currently scheduled for roadway work in the summer of 2018 as part of the City's 5 Year Street & Sidewalk Plan.
Sixth Street between Cambridge Street and Bent Street is currently scheduled for roadway work in the summer of 2018 as part of the City's 5 Year Street & Sidewalk Plan. Streets and Sidewalks Current Construction
Sacramento Field Improvements
Park renovation and improvements
Park renovation and improvements Parks Current Construction
Monsignor O'Brien Hwy Reconstruction - Phase 1 (Third St. to Gore St.)
In order to develop Cambridge Crossing, DivcoWest is required to make improvements to Monsignor O’Brien Highway from Third Street to Museum Way. These improvements include subsurface and surface infrastructure upgrades. This section of Monsignor O’Brien Highway will be transformed from a highway into a tree lined boulevard with bicycle lanes/cycle tracks, new sidewalks and significantly improved pedestrian crossings. Due to the MBTA’s Green Line Extension (GLX) Project, these improvements must be phased.
In order to develop Cambridge Crossing, DivcoWest is required to make improvements to Monsignor O’Brien Highway from Third Street to Museum Way. These improvements include subsurface and surface infrastructure upgrades. This section of Monsignor O’Brien Highway will be transformed from a highway into a tree lined boulevard with bicycle lanes/cycle tracks, new sidewalks and significantly improved pedestrian crossings. Due to the MBTA’s Green Line Extension (GLX) Project, these improvements must be phased. 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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