Sixth Street Reconstruction Project

Sixth Street between Cambridge Street and Bent Street is currently scheduled for roadway work in the summer of 2018.

Construction Updates

Week of 11/4-11/15: Crews will be continuing to reconstruct the road between Cambridge St. and Thorndike St.  They will then move on to Thorndike St. and Bent St. 

Week of 11/18: Crews will be raising utility castings


Notice: Sixth Street Reconstruction Project- Roadway Reconstruction to Begin Week of 10/28

In association with the Sixth Street Reconstruction Project, the City’s Contractor, Newport Construction., will begin to reconstruct the roadway on Sixth St. (between Cambridge St. and Bent St.) beginning the week of October 28th. This work is anticipated to last for approximately two weeks, weather permitting.

To ensure that the roadway conditions will be favorable for many years to come, crews will engage in full-depth reconstruction. At the end of each day, the contractor will clean the work site to allow for motorists to utilize the roadway. We kindly ask that motorists drive through the construction zone slowly outside of general working hours.

The contractor plans to complete 1-2 blocks of full-depth excavation, then perform base paving in that area before moving on to the next 1-2 block section.  This pattern will continue down Sixth Street.

Detours will be in place during work hours.  Please look for Detour signs, Road Closed signs, and No Parking signs as they will be changing frequently during the work.

What to Expect During Construction:

  • General work hours 7am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Please check posted No Parking signs.
  • During this work, the roadway will be lower, making the curbs higher for parked cars.  Please use caution when opening car doors as to not damage them on the curbs.
  • Access will be maintained for abutters whenever possible. Caution should be used.  After work hours, roadways will reopen for all in their normal travel directions.
  • Access will be maintained for City services and emergency vehicles.

Final roadway paving will occur at the end of the Sixth Street project and will be announced via an additional notice in the coming months.

For Information and Assistance During Construction:

Questions regarding this project?  Contact Kate Riley, Communications Manager, Community Relations, at 617.349.4870/ kriley@cambridgema.gov or Melissa Miguel, Supervising Engineer, at 617-349-9351. If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for special accommodations that may be necessary.


Sixth Street Reconstruction Project

Beginning the week of September 16th and continuing for the next 6 weeks, crews will be installing drainage structures along the curb line in order to improve drainage of Sixth St. Once this work is complete, crews will grind the road and apply a base layer of asphalt. In the spring of 2019, crews will be resetting curb and pouring new sidewalks. For an updated schedule please visit the "schedule" tab of this project page. 


Notice: Chapter 90 Contract 23B Reconstruction Project - Franklin Street (Pleasant St to Landsdowne St), Sixth Street (Cambridge St to Bent St), St. Mary Road (Inman Street to Prospect Street) Work beginning over the next month

As part of the Chapter 90 Contract 23B Reconstruction Project, the City’s contractor, Newport Construction, will begin mobilizing in the coming days.

Newport will begin installing tree protection along the street, performing survey and layout work, saw-cutting areas of the roadway and delivering drainage structures. They will also begin digging small test pits to evaluate subsurface conditions.  DigSafe markings will also begin appearing on the sidewalk and roadways. 

This project is part of the City’s 5-Year Plan for Street and Sidewalks and includes paving, sidewalk improvements and utility installation. The contract is valid through May 2021 for all three streets and while work is scheduled to begin on Sixth St., work on the other streets may take place concurrently.  Residents may experience periods of time where the contractor will move crews to another street in the contract before returning to complete the work due to the use of specialty crews to perform different aspects of the project.

What to Expect During Construction:

  • Work hours will be 7 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday.
  • “No Parking” signs will be posted; please be sure to check dates/times. 
  • Vehicle access in and out of properties will be maintained but may be restricted for short periods. If you need access and your driveway is blocked, please speak to a crew member on site and they will make accommodations for you.
  • Emergency vehicles and City service vehicles will have access at all times. 

The addition of street trees is also part of this project and planting will take place at the end of the project during either the fall or spring planting season.

Residents should also be aware of the following:

  • Back of Sidewalk Tree Planting Program: The term “Back of Sidewalk" refers to the edge of the sidewalk where public way meets private properties. In the case of this program, the City will plant trees along the back of sidewalk, (up to 20 feet off the public way) on private property of interested, eligible owners.
  • Sidewalk material options: It is the City’s policy to replace existing sidewalks with the same material (concrete with concrete, brick with wire cut brick). However, during this project, property owners will have the option of changing their sidewalk material for a fee if they choose. More information is available in the "Documents" section of this project page. 

Information & Assistance:
Questions regarding this project?  Contact Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, at 617.349.4870/ kriley@cambridgema.gov or Emily Paulsen, Engineer, at 857-233-8878 / epaulsen@cambridgema.gov.  If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for special accommodations that may be necessary.



Construction Update: Recommendation to Award Contract

A recommendation will be made this week to award the contract to begin construction on Sixth St. This street is part of a larger package, including Sixth St., St. Mary Rd. and Franklin St. and an overall schedule will be determined once the contractor is on-board. 


Community Meeting Notice - Sixth Street Reconstruction Project
Thursday, June 21, Kennedy-Longfellow School Cafeteria

Sixth Street, between Cambridge Street and Bent Street, is scheduled for roadway and sidewalk reconstruction.

On Thursday, June 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm, City staff will be hosting an “Open House” in the Kennedy Longfellow School Cafeteria located at 158 Spring St. to review the proposed reconstruction plans with residents, discuss project schedule, and answer questions.

The plans were developed over a series of community meetings with residents, and we encourage you to attend this Open House as we value the feedback we receive from residents and businesses.

Information and Assistance:

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability.   The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.  For more information, please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov / 617.349.4825. 


NOTICE: Boring and Pavement Core Samples on Your Street - 5/2

As part of the design process for roadway reconstruction of your street, the City's consultant, through Carr-Dee Corporation, will begin subsurface investigations. The purposes of these investigations is to obtain existing pavement, soil and groundwater conditions. The results will assist in determining the type of roadway reconstruction that will take place on your street. 

Boring locations have been selected in areas that will give the best representation of roadway conditions while minimizing traffic and parking disruptions. However, "No Parking" areas will still be designated and a detail officer has been requested to be on-sight to help direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic. "No Parking" signs will be posted 48 hours in advance.

The impacted streets are:

  • Highland St.

  • Brewster St.
  • Riedesel Ave.
  • Huron Ave.
  • St. Mary Rd.
  • Franklin St.
  • Sixth St.

In addition to these test sites, you may start to see utilities markings in the road and on the sidewalk. This is all part of the design phase. You will be notified in advance of any street and sidewalk construction as the project progresses.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve your street.


February 2018

  • Tree evaluations have been completed by the City Arborist.
  • Initial existing conditions survey is complete.
  • Construction is anticipated to begin late 2018 after the contracts have been finalized. 


November 2017

Surveyors will be on site to begin survey work as part of the design process.


Eversource Gas Notice - July 27, 2017

To our customers and neighbors on Sixth Street (Cambridge Street to Charles Street), It is necessary that we upgrade the natural gas main and services on Sixth Street. Weather permitting, Eversource Gas Main Construction will begin construction on Sixth Street on Tuesday August 1st, 2017, work hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please anticipate that the specific areas to be worked will be posted with no parking signs as needed, and Cambridge Police Officers’ will be on site to assist with the pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Proposed work is projected to take approximately 12-15 weeks.

We understand the inconvenience this may cause, and will make necessary efforts to minimize any interruption to your gas services. Depending on the existing conditions at your residence or business our work may involve moving natural gas meters outside, replacing your existing gas service line, and installing curb valves at the street. There may also be other upgrades required to ensure the safe and most efficient operation of the natural gas distribution system.

Upon completion of the construction process, paved or cemented areas, which were disturbed, will be permanently repaired with material similar to what was removed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this construction may cause. Please contact Supervisor of Construction, Marissa Blockus at (203) 722-7951.

Sincerely,

Richard Dell’Isolla
Supervisor of Construction
Eversource Energy Gas
Phone # 339-987-7354
Email: Richard Dell’isola@Eversource


Community Meeting Notice - Sixth Street Reconstruction Project
Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Sixth Street between Cambridge Street and Bent Street is currently scheduled for roadway work in the summer of 2018.
City staff is working with residents to discuss possible physical changes that could be incorporated in this project, including traffic calming. A community meeting was held on October 26, 2016 where residents discussed their concerns regarding Sixth Street.

On Tuesday, June 6th from 6:00-7:30 pm, the Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works will be hosting another community meeting in the Kennedy Longfellow School Cafeteria located at 158 Spring St.
The focus of this meeting will be to discuss the tools available to address the concerns shared by residents during the October community meeting.
We encourage you to attend, as we value the feedback we receive from Cambridge residents and businesses.

Information and Assistance:
The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request. For more information about the design process, please contact Juan P. Avendano, Community Development Project Manager, at 617. 349.4655 / javendano@cambridgema.gov. To receive future updates related to construction via email, please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov / 617.349.4825.

Community Meeting Notice - Sixth Street Reconstruction Project
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sixth Street, between Cambridge Street and Charles Street, is scheduled for roadway work in the summer of 2017.
City staff would like to work with residents to discuss possible physical changes to the road that could be incorporated into this project to slow vehicles and increase pedestrian safety.

On Wednesday, October 26 from 6:00-7:30 pm, the Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works will be hosting a community meeting in the Kennedy Longfellow School Cafeteria located at 158 Spring St.

The focus of this meeting will be to hear neighbors’ concerns and provide information about options for the street. We encourage you to attend, as we value the feedback we receive from Cambridge residents and businesses.

Information and Assistance:
The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request. For more information, please contact Juan P. Avendano, Community Development Project Manager, at 617. 349.4655 / javendano@cambridgema.gov. To receive future updates via email, please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov / 617.349.4825. 

The following is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.

July 2019: Tree protection and subsurface soil testing

September/October 2019: Water, drainage and utility work

October 2019: Grinding of the roadway and primary paving

Spring 2020: Reset Curbs and Pour Sidewalks,  Final paving

Summer 2020: Pavement marking, signage and punch list items


Sixth Street between Cambridge Street and Bent Street is currently scheduled for roadway work in the summer of 2018.

City staff is working with residents to discuss possible physical changes that could be incorporated in this project, including traffic calming. 

Kate Riley - Community Relations Manager

617-349-4870

kriley@cambridgema.gov

Melissa Miguel - Supervising Engineer

617-349-9351

mmiguel@cambridgema.gov

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