Huron Ave Reconstruction Project

Huron Ave, between Concord Ave. and Raymond St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan.

March 26, 2019

Update:
Newport Construction, will begin mobilizing on Huron Ave next week ahead of the start of drainage work.

Newport has installed tree protection along the street and will be performing survey and layout work, saw-cutting areas of the roadway, and delivering drainage structures to the site this week.

On or about Monday, 4/1, Newport will begin the installation of several catch basins along the curb line to improve drainage along Huron Ave. This will begin at Concord Ave and work its way toward Raymond Street, weather permitting. Following the drainage work, crews will be working on replacing the water main with an anticipated start at the end of April. A separate notice will be delivered by the Water Department ahead of water main replacement. 

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.

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


March 21, 2019

Update: Newport will complete installing tree protection along the street over the next week.

Phase 1 of drainage improvements will begin on or around April 1, 2019, along Huron Ave between Concord Ave and Garden Street. Newport Construction will continue this utility work over seven weeks.


Notice: Chapter 90 Contract 23A Reconstruction Project - Riedesel Ave, Brewster St, Highland St and Huron Ave (Concord Ave to Raymond St.) Work beginning over the next month.

As part of the Chapter 90 Contract 23A 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.  DigSafe markings will also begin appearing on the sidewalk and roadways. 

Over the next month, weather permitting, Newport will begin the installation of the water main along Huron Ave between Garden and Raymond Streets. Resident of Huron Ave. will receive a notice with specific details regarding this work. Additionally, notices will be delivered to each individual street detailing work specific to that street as the project progresses.

This project is part of the City’s 5-Year Plan for Street and Sidewalks and will include paving, sidewalk improvements and utility installations.

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 for a fee if they choose. More information is available here

Information & Assistance:
Questions regarding this project?  Contact Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, at 617.349.4870/ kriley@cambridgema.gov or Brian McLane, Engineer, at 617-945-4084 / bmclane@cambridgema.gov.  If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for special accommodations that may be necessary. For more info about specific projects visit: www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/cityprojects.


Notice: Community Meeting Notice- Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project

Tobin School Auditorium - 197 Vassal Lane

Tuesday, September 25th

Huron Ave, between Concord Ave. and Raymond St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan. The Department of Public Works and the City’s Community Development Department will be hosting a third community meeting on Tuesday, September 25th from 6PM-7:30PM at the Tobin School Auditorium, 197 Vassal Lane to discuss the Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project.

At the two previous meetings on April 23rd and June 14th we discussed:

  • Traffic calming measures
  • Congestion at the intersection of Huron Ave. and Garden St.
  • Pedestrian safety concerns at the intersection of Huron Ave. and Raymond St.
  • Bike safety concerns at congested intersections
  • Evaluation of existing trees and potential locations for new trees

As a result of these discussions, we have:

  • Met with the fire department to review design options
  • Conducted a parking study to evaluate the demand for on-street parking and assess the loading zone requirements to support local businesses
  • Met with the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Transit Committees
  • Met with the City Arborist to strategize ways to increase street trees

The goal of this third meeting will be to discuss the information we’ve received and present our recommendations for improving this section of Huron Ave. for all of the various users of the street.

We encourage you to attend, as we value the feedback we receive from Cambridge residents and businesses.


Preliminary draft project plans have been posted to the documents tab. These are draft plans for discussion only. Please contact Melissa Miguel, Supervising Engineer or Kate Riley, Community Relations with any feedback or questions. 
Community Meeting Notice
Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project
Tobin School - Auditorium
197 Vassal Lane
Thursday, June 14th 6:30PM-8PM

Huron Ave, between Concord Ave. and Raymond St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan.

The Department of Public Works and the City’s Community Development Department will be hosting a second community meeting on Thursday, June 14th from 6PM-7:30PM at the Tobin School Auditorium, 197 Vassal Lane to discuss the Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project.

City staff would like to discuss preliminary designs for traffic calming and safety improvements for the street. These designs were developed after receiving feedback at the first community meeting held Tuesday, April 3rd. 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 Kate Riley, Project Administrator - Community Relations at kriley@cambridgema.gov / 617.349.4870.


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.


Community Meeting Notice
Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project
Cambridge Public Library - Boudreau Branch
245 Concord Ave.
Tuesday, April 3th 6PM-7:30PM


Huron Ave, between Concord Ave. and Raymond St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan.

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.

The Department of Public Works and the City’s Community Development Department will be hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd from 6PM-7:30PM at the Cambridge Public Library - Boudreau Branch located at 245 Concord Ave. to discuss the Huron Ave. Reconstruction Project. 

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 schedule presented below is APPROXIMATE and may change due to weather or unforeseen complications with subsurface conditions. 

Mid-late March 2019: Install tree protection and signage (approximately 2 weeks)

April/May 2019: Drainage and utility work (approximately 7 weeks)

May/June 2019: Water main replacement (approximately 6 weeks)

June 2019: Grind road and put down primary binder coat (approximately 4 weeks)

June/July/August 2019: Curb and sidewalk work (approximately 10 weeks)

August 2019: Final pavement of roadway (approximately 2-3 days)

August/September 2019: Punch list items (approximately 2 weeks)


This project is currently in the planning phase. More information will be provided once a schedule is determined.

April, 2017

This project is currently in the design phase. The first community meeting was held on April 3, 2018 to hear resident feedback on initial design plans. See "Documents" tab for plans. Another community meeting will be held late summer/fall 2018. See "Updates" tab for most up-to-date information. 


Huron Ave, between Concord Ave. and Raymond St., is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction as part of the City’s 5 Year Plan.


For General Questions and Concerns:

Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager: 617-349-4870 / construction@cambridgema.gov


For Construction Related Questions:

Melissa Miguel, Supervising Engineer: 617-349-9351 / mmiguel@cambridgema.gov


For Traffic Calming:

Juan Avendano, Traffic Calming Project Manager: 617-349-4655 / javendano@cambridgema.gov



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