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Intersection improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

Notice: Permanent Memorial Signage Commemorating Amanda Phillips

In 2016 Amanda Phillips was killed while biking in Inman Square. A ghost bike was established shortly thereafter and has been maintained by friends and family as a way to commemorate Ms. Phillips’ life and bring attention to the issue of safety for cyclists.

From GhostBikes.Org:
Ghost Bikes are small and somber memorials for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists' right to safe travel.

The Inman Square project is currently underway and is fully reconstructing Inman Square to be safer for people walking, biking and driving in and through Inman Square. As part of the Inman Square project, city staff have been working with the family of Amanda Phillips to identify a more permanent commemoration of her life in lieu of the ghost bike. Staff have worked closely with Ms. Phillips’ family to develop the memorial signage shown below.

 Memorial Sign for Amanda Phillips

In early June, the ghost bike will be removed and delivered to Ms. Phillips’ family and DPW will place the memorial sign on Cambridge Street.

If you have any questions regarding the memorial signage or the removal of the ghost bike, please feel free to contact me at 617-349-4751 / kwatkins@cambridgema.gov.


Final Design Complete- Project is Open to Bid

The final design of the Inman Square project has been completed, and has been recently advertised for public bids from Contractors. Bids are due May 9, 2019. The complete set of plans and technical specifications may be viewed under the “documents” tab.


Notice: Pipe Inspections taking place week of April 1st

Beginning on or about April 3rd and continuing for 1-2 weeks, the City’s Contractor, National Water Main will be in the Inman Square area to analyze subsurface pipe conditions. Crews will be working in select manholes for a few hours at a time on Hampshire St., Cambridge St., Springfield St., Oak St., Oakland St.Fayette St., Antrim St., and Inman St. There will be a few small parking restrictions in order to accommodate machinery. “No Parking” signs will be posted 48 hours in advance.


CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: Inman Square Intersection Improvements - Eversource Gas Construction

As part of the Inman Square Intersection Improvements project, Eversource Gas has completed their work in Springfield Street and will be performing gas main replacement and realignment in Hampshire Street between the Somerville Line and Cambridge Street beginning on or about April 1, 2019. This work is being performed in advance of the City’s intersection project, which is expected to begin in June, 2019.

The purpose of this work is twofold, and will ensure that the gas infrastructure in the Square will be in good condition for years to come:

Relocation of the Hampshire Street main into the new alignment of Hampshire Street, and away from the future Vellucci Plazas.
Replacement and/or retirement of existing obsolete gas mains in Hampshire, Cambridge and Springfield Streets, portions of which are now more than 100 years old.
Replacement of those abutter gas services which consist of older pipe materials.

The approximate limits of the Eversource work are shown on the photo below (yellow lines). Note that individual gas services off of these main lines are not shown. The work will be performed in phases, with approximately 50 to 150 feet of gas main under construction at any one time, and is expected to be completed in early June 2019, before the start of the City project.

What to expect during this construction:
  • Work will occur during normal weekday hours of 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Traffic will be maintained in both directions on Cambridge and Hampshire Streets, although there may be lane reductions during working hours.
  • Traffic will be maintained on side streets, although there may be occasional turn restrictions during working hours to/from Cambridge and Hampshire Streets.
  • Pedestrian access and access to abutting properties will be maintained. Pedestrians should please follow posted signs which may direct them onto temporary walkways at times. All temporary walkways will be ADA accessible.
Parking and Loading
  • It is expected that approximately 5-15 on-street parking spaces will be impacted at any one time during this work. The exact number and location of the impacted spaces is related to the actual size and location of the work zone, and the associated traffic lane shifts, and will change as the work progresses. Drivers should pay careful attention to parking restrictions, which will be posted at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Most of the impacted parking spaces will be restricted during weekday working hours only, and will return to normal operations after working hours and on weekends. It may be necessary, however, for several parking spaces to remain restricted during off-hours to accommodate storage of contractor materials and equipment.
  • Eversource and the City will work with individual businesses to accommodate loading requirements during construction.
Eversource Customer Information

If your home or business is located directly in or near Inman Square, you will receive additional communications from Eversource with details on temporary impacts to your gas service, replacement of customer gas service pipes and meters, how to obtain new gas service, and similar related matters.

For Information and Assistance During Construction
This work is being performed by Eversource Gas and their contractors and will be under the direct supervision of Eversource. Cambridge DPW staff will also be on-site during this work and will be available to respond to questions and concerns.

In addition, if you have general questions or concerns about this work or the Inman Square project in general, you may contact Kate Riley, DPW Community Relations Manager at (617) 349-4870 or kriley@cambridgema.gov. More information about the project in general, as well as the December 2018 Construction Update newsletter can be found at www.cambridgema.gov/InmanSquare.

In case of a construction emergency, please call the Cambridge Public Works Department 24-hour hotline at 617-349-4800.


CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: Inman Square Intersection Improvements - Eversource Gas Construction

As part of the Inman Square Intersection Improvements project, Eversource Gas will be performing gas main replacement and realignment beginning on or about February 25, 2019. This work is being performed in advance of the City’s intersection project, which is expected to begin in June, 2019.

The purpose of this work is twofold, and will ensure that the gas infrastructure in the Square will be in good condition for years to come:
  • Relocation of the Hampshire Street main into the new alignment of Hampshire Street, and away from the future Vellucci Plazas.
  • Replacement and/or retirement of existing obsolete gas mains in Hampshire, Cambridge and Springfield Streets, portions of which are now more than 100 years old.
  • Replacement of those abutter gas services which consist of older pipe materials. 
The approximate limits of the Eversource work are shown on the photo below (yellow lines). Note that individual gas services off of these main lines are not shown. The work will be performed in phases, with approximately 50 to 150 feet of gas main under construction at any one time, and is expected to be completed in early June 2019, before the start of the City project. It is expected that the work will begin on Springfield Street; followed by Hampshire Street north and Hampshire Street south.

Map of Inman Square

What to expect during this construction:

  • Work will occur during normal weekday hours of 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Traffic will be maintained in both directions on Cambridge and Hampshire Streets, although there may be lane reductions during working hours.
  • Traffic will be maintained on side streets, although there may be occasional turn restrictions during working hours to/from Cambridge and Hampshire Streets.
  • Pedestrian access and access to abutting properties will be maintained. Pedestrians should please follow posted signs which may direct them onto temporary walkways at times. All temporary walkways will be ADA accessible.
  • Bicyclists and motorists will be required to share travel lanes at certain locations and times. The Contractor will be required to erect signs which clearly indicate where this will be occurring.
  • Where maintenance of separate bicycle lanes is not possible, the Contractor will also be maximizing the width of travel lanes to the greatest extent possible.
Parking and Loading:
  • It is expected that approximately 5-15 on-street parking spaces will be impacted at any one time during this work. The exact number and location of the impacted spaces is related to the actual size and location of the work zone, and the associated traffic lane shifts, and will change as the work progresses. Drivers should pay careful attention to parking restrictions, which will be posted at least 24 hours in advance. 
  • Most of the impacted parking spaces will be restricted during weekday working hours only, and will return to normal operations after working hours and on weekends. It may be necessary, however, for several parking spaces to remain restricted during off-hours to accommodate storage of contractor materials and equipment. 
  • Eversource and the City will work with individual businesses to accommodate loading requirements during construction. 
Eversource Customer Information:

If your home or business is located directly in or near Inman Square, you will soon receive a separate letter from Eversource with additional details on temporary impacts to your gas service, replacement of customer gas service pipes and meters, how to obtain new gas service, and similar related matters.

For Information and Assistance During Construction:
This work is being performed by Eversource Gas and their contractors, and will be under the direct supervision of Eversource. Please refer to the letter you will receive from Eversource for contact information for the Eversource Construction Supervisor.

Cambridge DPW staff will also be on-site during this work and will be available to respond to questions and concerns.

In addition, if you have general questions or concerns about this work or the Inman Square project in general, you may contact Kate Riley, DPW Community Relations Manager at (617) 349-4870 or kriley@cambridgema.gov. More information about the project in general, as well as the December 2018 Construction Update newsletter can be found at www.cambridgema.gov/InmanSquare.

In case of a construction emergency, please call the Cambridge Public Works Department 24-hour hotline at 617-349-4800.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this construction.


Email from City Manager to City Council

This email was sent to the City Council from the City Manager on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 with this newsletter attached. These files can also be found in the "Documents" tab of this project page. 


Notice from Traffic, Parking and Transportation -We're adding meters around Inman Square

Inman Square construction is scheduled to begin soon. In the next few weeks, the Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Department will install new meters to provide additional short-term parking during the construction period. We’ve provided a map of the metered parking on the back of this flyer.

Questions about the meters? Contact: Patrick Baxter, 617-349-4715 pbaxter@Cambridgema.gov

Learn more about the construction: cambridgema.gov/TheWorks/InmanSquare

For a map of the new locations please click here.


Notice: Inman Square Intersection Improvements- Tree Removals in Velucci Plaza

To facilitate upcoming construction at Inman Square, the City will be removing 4 honey locust trees (2 each on Cambridge St. and Hampshire St.) beginning on or about January 30th.

Also at this time, the birch trees located in the raised granite planters in Velluci Plaza will be removed for replanting at Danehy Park.

Please note that a public hearing regarding the trees to be removed was held on April 10, 2018. Hearing material may be viewed at: https://www.cambridgema.gov/~/media/Files/publicworksdepartment/Engineering/cityprojects/inmansquare/inmansquaretreehearing_05092018.pdf

What to expect during this operation:
  • Work will occur during normal weekday hours of 7 AM - 4 PM
  • The work will impact metered parking spaces on Hampshire and Cambridge Streets adjacent to the plaza. Signs will be posted 24 hours in advance.

**Please note- the re-striping of Springfield St. Parking Lot has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 16th. The BlueBikes station will still be relocated on Thursday, January 17th.**


Notice: Inman Square Intersection Improvements- Restriping of Springfield St. Parking Lot and Relocation of Blue Bikes Station

To facilitate upcoming utility construction in Inman Square, the existing Blue Bikes Station in Vellucci Plaza must be relocated out of the plaza. In response to concerns raised by the East Cambridge Business Association about potential impacts on parking, staff have developed a plan that relocates the Blue Bikes Station to the City’s Springfield Street Parking Lot, while maintaining the existing 28 parking spaces in the lot, which are critical to the small businesses in Inman Square. This plan requires restriping the Springfield Street Parking Lot to make more efficient use of the existing site.

Weather permitting, the parking lot will be restriped on Tuesday January 15th and the Blue Bikes Station will be relocated on Thursday January 17th.

As part of the overall efforts to offset the loss of parking associated with construction, other smaller improvements to parking will also be implemented.

  • The parking spaces dedicated to ZipCar in the Springfield Street Lot will be reduced from 3 to 2.
  • The part-time taxi stand that is underutilized in front of Cambridge Savings Bank will be eliminated, so that these 2 spaces will be available full-time for patrons visiting Inman Square.

What to expect during this operation:

Work will occur during normal weekday hours, M-F 7AM-4PM

Restriping of the City’s Springfield St. Parking Lot – Tuesday January 15th

  • The 10 parking spots along Ole will not be impacted, but the 18 parking spaces in the middle of the lot need to be restricted to facilitate the restriping. 
  • Signs will be posted 24 hours in advance and the impacted parking spaces will be returned to normal operation as soon as they are availab
Relocation of the Blue Bikes Station – Thursday January 17th
  • Removal of the station from Vellucci Plaza will impact metered parking spaces on Hampshire Street adjacent to Vellucci Plaza. 
  • Placement of the station in the parking lot will impact several spaces in the Springfield Parking Lot. 
  • Signs will be posted 24 hours in advance and the impacted parking spaces will be returned to normal operation as soon as they are available.

For Information and Assistance During Construction
If you have any questions about this work, please contact Kate Riley, DPW Community Relations Manager at (617) 349-4870 or kriley@cambridgema.gov. More information about the project in general, including the December 2018 Construction Update newsletter can be found at www.cambridgema.gov/InmanSquare.

In case of a construction emergency, please call the Cambridge Public Works Department 24-hour hotline at 617-349-4800.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this construction.
Inman Square map


Please see the file "Inman Square Newsletter_1" under the "Documents" tab for an important construction update. 
The presentation from the October 24, 2018 community meeting is now available under the Documents tab of this page or by clicking here.


Notice: Inman Square Intersection Improvements, Community Meeting: Wednesday, October 24 6:30PM-8:30PM, Cambridgeport School Gymnasium

The City is developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in Inman Square. Please join us at an upcoming meeting to learn more about the plaza design and provide input.

Community Meeting - New Plaza Designs
Wednesday, October 24th 
Cambridgeport School Gymnasium - 89 Elm St.
6:30-8:30 pm 

This meeting will focus on presentation and discussion of the landscape and urban design for the reconfigured Vellucci Plaza and presentation of public art concepts by Project Artist Mark Reigelman. We encourage community members to attend to learn more and provide feedback about the design for this important public space.

For more information on this project, please visit www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/inmansquare To be added to the project email list, please contact Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager at 617-349-4870 / kriley@cambridgema.gov.
A Public Tree Hearing was held on April 10, 2018. Please see the "Documents" tab for additional information.


Inman Square Intersection Improvements
Community Meeting: Wednesday, March 7th

The City is developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in Inman Square. There are several upcoming opportunities to learn more about the project and provide input.

Community Meeting - New Plaza Designs
Wednesday, March 7th 
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Auditorium
459 Broadway
6:30-8:30 pm 

This meeting will focus on presentation and discussion of three alternative concepts for the reconfigured Vellucci Plaza. We encourage community members to attend to learn more and provide feedback about the design for this important public space.

Specific items to be discussed include:
  • Trees
  • Planting Beds
  • Seating and Other Furniture 
  • Lighting
  • Public Art 
  • Paving Types and Patterns

For more information on this project, please visit www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/inmansquare To be added to the project email list, please contact KyAnn Anderson, Community Relations Manager, at community.cambridge@kleinfelder.com.

Concept Design Plan

Open Houses / Review Previous Presentation

Thursday, March 1st

Department of Public Works

147 Hampshire St.

5PM-8PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Wednesday, March 7th 

CRLS Auditorium

459 Broadway

4:30PM-6:30PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

As a follow-up to the January 30th Community Meeting, join us at your convenience at one of these Open Houses to review various design options which have been considered for the Square over the past year and a half; the strengths and flaws which we discovered during our analyses of each one; and the reasoning behind the decision to move forward with the current option (shown above). City and consultant technical staff will be available for one-on-one discussions including a presentation of traffic simulation modeling and other detailed technical information.

Note that the presentation slides and a video recording of the January 30th meeting may be viewed on the project webpage www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/inmansquare .


Video of the Inman Square Community Meeting on January 30, 2018 is now available.


February 1, 2018

Community Meeting #4 for the Inman Square Project was held on January 30, 2018. At that meeting, an Alternative Concept which minimizes impacts to existing Vellucci Plaza and several large street trees was presented and discussed. Initially, the City believed that this Alternative Concept was viable and would meet all project goals. However, after more intensive analysis, and as presented at Community Meeting #4, the City has concluded that the Alternative Concept has significant safety flaws. Therefore, the City intends to continue to move forward with the Current Concept. Please see the “Documents” tab to view the presentation slides. A video recording of the meeting will also be posted here once available.


Inman Square Intersection Improvements
Community Meeting: Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

We have been listening carefully, have heard you, and want to get this once in a generation project “right”.

The City is developing plans to provide safety improvements benefiting all users at the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in Inman Square. Over the course of the past year, we have incorporated community feedback from several public forums and moved towards a concept plan believed to have broad community and stakeholder support.

Before finalizing the design for this significant capital project, however, the City wants to make sure that it not only meets project safety goals, but also satisfies other community goals and desires. The currently proposed concept involves significant reconfiguration of the public open space of Inman Square, particularly Mayor Alfred E. Vellucci Community Plaza. We have received feedback that we should more fully develop and evaluate an alternative design option, which minimizes changes to the existing footprint of Vellucci Plaza. We have done so, and the main objective of the January 30 meeting will be to present this alternative concept, and to review the differences between the two concepts in terms of various criteria including safety, operations and delay for all modes, convenience and clarity, resident and business parking and loading, environmental and open space impact, and urban design.

The City is confident that either concept will satisfy the main multi-modal safety objectives of the project, while providing acceptable operations for all users, including pedestrians, bicycles, transit users, and private and commercial vehicles. For us to move forward with the project, however, it is critical that we get additional community feedback.

Inman Square Intersection Improvements Community Meeting
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Cambridge Public Library (Main Branch), Lower Level (L2)
449 Broadway
Presentation: 6:00-6:45 pm
Community Feedback: 6:45-8:00 pm

For more information on this project, please visit www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/inmansquare To be added to the project email list, please contact KyAnn Anderson, Community Relations Manager, at community.cambridge@kleinfelder.com.
The Inman Square Intersection Improvements Community Meeting scheduled for Tuesday December 5, 2017, is being postponed and will be rescheduled for a new date in January 2018. The City Manager, Deputy City Manager, and numerous staff have been meeting with various stakeholder groups to discuss the preferred design proposal. Based on the feedback received, the project team needs more time to perform additional analyses and further refine the project design, so that they can present the community with the most complete information regarding the intersection and plaza layout.

Once a new date is confirmed, an additional notice will be sent out announcing the date, time, and location of the rescheduled community meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause and hope you are able to attend the future meeting.

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Inman Square Intersection Improvements
Community Meeting: Tuesday, December 5th - POSTPONED

The City is developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in Inman Square. The next public meeting for this project will be held on Tuesday, December 5th, at the Main Library, Lower Level (L2) from 6-8pm.

As we move towards a final design for the project, this meeting will focus on design revisions incorporated through community input, traffic simulation modeling, and present three concepts our team has developed for the Vellucci Plaza. We encourage community members to attend to learn more about the design options for this important public space and to provide feedback.

We will also recap the project history to date, provide an overview of the proposed intersection design, and review changes that have been made based on input from residents, business owners, and roadway users. After the presentation, staff will facilitate an open discussion.

For more information on this project, please visit www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/inmansquare To be added to the project email list, please contact KyAnn Anderson, Community Relations Manager, at community.cambridge@kleinfelder.com.


The City is developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire St and Cambridge St in Inman Square.  

At the recent public meeting on Tuesday, July 25,  city and design team staff recapped project history to date, and presented a discussion of opportunities and considerations relevant to the plaza design. 

Please visit the Documents tab for all project-related materials. 

To be added to the project email list, please visit the Contact tab.



The Project Team is currently preparing the final design documents for the project. Advance relocation of gas mains by Eversource is expected during early 2019. The main DPW project is expected to be advertised for bids during the winter of 2018/2019; with construction to start in spring 2019. Public notifications will be provided in advance of all construction activities.


Community Meeting #6 took place on October 24. Design plans and artwork plans were unveiled. Presentation can be found under the "Documents" tab.


Inman Square Intersection Improvements- Community Meeting: Wednesday, March 7th, CRLS Auditorium, 459 Broadway 6:30PM-8:30PM. See Project Updates tab for complete information. 


Community Meeting #5, which will focus on the design of the new plaza space, is anticipated for March 2018. Final design and permitting will continue throughout the Spring and Summer of 2018. Construction will begin once all permits and approvals have been obtained.
The design process continues and construction is anticipated to start in Spring 2018.

Please check the Updates tab for more up-to-date information  and visit the Documents tab for more information on the project.

Inman Square is a vibrant commercial and residential area, and is traversed daily by high volumes of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders. It is a complex and unusually large intersection, however, with a confusing layout and a large number of individual roadway approaches. This causes safety and operational challenges for all users, including multiple points of conflict between the different modes, and often lengthy delays for all users. The intersection is a documented crash “hot spot”, with a crash average exceeding the average rate for signalized intersections in Massachusetts.

In 2015, the City began a process of studying the intersection in order to develop short and long term improvements. Findings were presented to the community in mid-2016, and short term improvements including restrictions on left-turns and bicycle intersection markings were implemented in summer and fall 2016. These short-term improvements did not involve significant construction, and are considered an interim measure until a more permanent solution can be implemented.

The process of designing permanent improvements to Inman Square began in late 2016, and continued throughout 2017. A number of different design options were developed and analyzed, and four widely attended public meetings have been held as of the end of January 2018. At this time, the City has recommended a concept which best addresses the safety and operational issues of Inman Square, and meets other project goals including improving transit operations and experience, maximizing the quality and experience of pedestrian plaza space, and providing necessary parking and loading functions. This concept is labeled as the “Current Concept”, on the January 30, 2018 presentation slides, which may be viewed under the “Documents” tab.

Kate Riley

Community Relations Manager

Phone: 617-349-4870

Email: kriley@cambridgema.gov


Jerry Friedman

Supervising Engineer

Phone: 617-349-9720

Email: jfriedman@cambridgema.gov

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