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Construction Standards

The following are standard details for construction of public infrastructure in the City of Cambridge.  Please contact the Information Desk at 617-349-4811 for additional information.

All Details - PDF Complete Set as of 2/15/2022 (6.1MB PDF)
All Details - CAD Format Complete Set as of 2/15/2022 (15.0MB ZIP)


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Single Grate Catch Basin
Double Grate Catch Basin
Drop Inlet Catch Basin - Plan
Drop Inlet Catch Basin - Section
Type 3 and 4 Catch Basin
Doghouse Manhole 1
Doghouse Manhole 2
Sump Manhole
Manhole General Notes
Box Culvert Section 1
Box Culvert Section 2
Storage Tank Section 1
Storage Tank Section 2


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Saddle Connection
Tee Connection
Chimney Connection
Flexible Sleeve Connection
Pipe Connection Materials Table
Cast-In-Place Field Closure
Pipe Wall Sleve Closure
Utility Crossing
Water Main Crossing
Trench Detail
Trench Dam Detail


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Brick Sidewalk - Plan
Brick Sidewalk - Section, Asphalt Base
Brick Sidewalk - Section, Concrete Base
Curb Section - Bituminous Concrete
Curb Section - Sloped Granite
Curb Section - Vertical Granite
Driveway Apron - Bituminous
Driveway Apron - Brick
Driveway Apron - Concrete
Parking Meter Post Installation
Sidewalk Expansion Joint


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Trench Patch
Cold Plane and Overlay Joint
Full Depth Joint
Raising of Castings
Crosswalk Markings
4-Way Raised Intersections - Bus and Residential 
 Pavement Transition 
 Raised Cross Walks - Side Streets
 Raised Cross Walks - Ramp Marking

Common Manhole Separation  

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Storm Drain Bypass
Sanitary Bypass
Convert to Drain Manhole
Convert to Sanitary Manhole
End of Line Manhole

Traffic Management

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Pedestrian Bypass
Cyclist Accommodations
Single Lane Closure
Interior Lane Closure
One-Lane Bi-Directional
Two-Way Alternating Traffic
Two-Way Lane Shift
Signage Chart
;General Notes /Legend


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Tree Details 2022.02.15
02910 Tree Planting Cambridge 2022
Chapter 90 02910 Tree Planting 2022
 Proper Tree Planting 2022

Erosion Control

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Construction Best Management Practices
Catch Basin Protection 1
Catch Basin Protection 2
Catch Basin Protection 3
Catch Basin Protection 4
Catch Basin Protection 5
Construction Entrance
Erosion and Sediment Control Notes
Fiber Role Temporary Stockpile Protection
Silt Fence
Super Silt Fence


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Boundary Monument


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Chain Link Fence 1
Chain Link Fence 2


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Wire Fabric Detail
Epoxy Dowell Detail


These Standard Specifications, Guidelines, and Standard Details have been prepared as a service and accommodation to City staff, engineers, developers, utility companies, contractors, and/or other interested parties doing work in the City of Cambridge, MA. The information is offered in good faith and is believed to be accurate at the time of its preparation and is provided without any warranty, expressed or implied. It is not intended to be site or project specific, and the user is advised to exercise appropriate engineering and construction judgment, knowledge, and experience in applying all or a portion of these documents for a specific project. Where necessary, additional engineering, construction, legal, or other expert support may be required and should be sought.

The City of Cambridge assumes no responsibility or liability associated with the use or intended use of these documents. The use of these documents shall in no way relieve the user of its responsibility in performing to the applicable standard of care in preparing, applying, and implementing such documents.

It should be understood that these documents are not intended to address all possible areas/types of construction within Cambridge. Any deviations, changes, modifications, revisions, or supplemental documents shall be reviewed by Cambridge Department of Public Works Engineering Division prior to construction.

The user shall be responsible for verifying the most recent version of these documents prior to such use.

These documents shall only be used on a City of Cambridge project, as applicable. Any use or misuse of these documents is subject to legal enforcement/action by the City of Cambridge.

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