The Port Infrastructure Improvements Project

Learn about Flow...A Grant Program for the Port from Cambridge Arts.


Many neighborhoods in the Cambridge area are susceptible to the impacts of flooding. Particularly at risk are those properties with basement spaces and first levels at a lower elevation. The City’s assessment on climate change vulnerability has shown the risk of flooding is increasing over time, as the impacts of climate change lead to more frequent and intense rainfall events.

The Port has experienced significant flooding in the past. The City is focusing on this area in the coming years via The Port Project to improve these conditions.

While change remains an inevitable process, infrastructure projects like these will decrease future flooding risks.

Access The Port Project Overview with information about flooding, streets and sidewalks, and public art.


PRE-CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY NOTICE

Over the next five years, the City anticipates spending over $35M for the design and construction of water, sewer, drainage, street and sidewalk improvements in your neighborhood. The improvements will focus on rehabilitating existing infrastructure, constructing two underground stormwater tanks, reducing flooding in the area, and reconstructing the streets and sidewalks. The locations of these improvements are (see map):

  • Streets and Sidewalks: Bishop Allen Drive (Prospect to Main), Cherry Street (Main to Harvard), Columbia Street (Main to Washington), Eaton Street (Pine to Cherry), Pine Street (School to Harvard), and Washington Street (Norfolk to Windsor)
  • Stormwater Tanks: Parking Lot 6 on Bishop Allen Drive and Clement Morgan Park on Columbia Street

While the formal design and community process for this project will not begin until the winter months of 2015, pre-construction activities are scheduled to begin the week of October 12th in your neighborhood and we wanted you to be aware of this activity. These activities include:

  • Data collection: The City’s consultant engineers, Kleinfelder, MWH and WSP, along with their sub-consultants, will begin to collect the data needed to complete the design of this project - including topographic surveys, cleaning and inspection of pipes and structures, and soil borings. Soil borings will be conducted in public streets and sidewalks and should have little impact on the community. They will also be performing building inspections, to verify the number and location of utility connections. Owners will be sent a separate notice with details on how to schedule inspections at their property, if required.
  • Questionnaire: In the months ahead, you will be receiving a questionnaire that we encourage you to fill out and return to us. As a resident, your knowledge of this neighborhood is valuable and will help us to inform and improve the final project design, which will directly benefit you and your neighborhood.
For English, visit: http://www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/ThePort

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visit/visitar: http://www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/ThePortNeighborhood

Questionnaires:
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The project schedule will be issued at a later date.

Over the next five years, the City of Cambridge anticipates spending over $35,000,000 for the design and construction of water, sewer, drainage, street and sidewalk improvements in your neighborhood. The improvements will focus on rehabilitating existing infrastructure, constructing two underground stormwater tanks, reducing flooding in the area, and reconstructing the streets and sidewalks.

Department of Public Works
147 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
P. 617.349.4800

For additional information or assistance, please contact KyAnn Anderson, Community Relations, at 617.498.4708 /  community.cambridge@kleinfelder.com

For 24 hour emergency assistance, please call Public Works at 617.349.4800.

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Dept of Public Works

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Cambridge MA 02139

Phone:617.349.4800
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