Brewster/Riedesel Reconstruction Project

Brewster St (Appleton to Sparks) and Riedesel Ave (Brattle to Brewster) are scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018 as part of the City's 5 Year Sidewalk & Street Reconstruction Plan.

Community Meeting Notice - Riedesel Ave
Wednesday, May 30th
Meet on site at 6:30pm to review plans & discuss resident concerns


Riedesel Ave (Brattle to Brewster) is scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018.

On Wednesday, May 30th at 6:30pm, the Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works will be hosting a meeting on site to review the current proposed plans (see reverse side) and discuss residents’ concerns.

The goal of this meeting is to finalize a design that provides an accessible sidewalk, as much greenspace as possible, and works for the community. By meeting on site, City staff can walk the street with residents and look at each frontage individually.

Prior to the meeting, City staff will mark out the minimum 4' width sidewalk on each side of Riedesel Ave as well as the proposed curb extensions shown on the latest plan. These markings will help facilitate discussion during the on site meeting and should not be taken as an indication of the final plan.

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. To receive future updates via email, please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov / 617.349.4825 or visit the project page at www.CambridgeMA.gov/BrewsterRiedesel.


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.


NOTICE: Locations Identified for Potential Addition of Street Trees During the Project

The Department of Public Works has received requests from several neighbors on Brewster Street about placing additional street trees as part of the reconstruction project.

The City Arborist walked Brewster Street recently and we have placed stickers on the sidewalk noting possible locations for new plantings.

Tree Sticker

Note: The Arborist did not place stickers where public shade trees could impact private landscaping. However, if property owners would like a tree in those locations, please reach out to the City Arborist.

We ask that residents observe these stickers and proposed locations and provide feedback to Public Works about whether they wish for a street tree to be placed at that location.

Please contact our Supervising Engineer and/or City Arborist by April 1, 2018 with any questions, comments, or concerns about the proposed locations:

• Melissa Miguel, Supervising Engineer – mmiguel@cambridgema.gov
• David Lefcourt, City Arborist – dlefcourt@cambridgema.gov

The City also offers a “Back of Sidewalk Tree Planting Program” where 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. More information is available under the “Documents” tab of this page.

As a reminder, the addition of street trees is part of this project and planting will take place at the end of the project during either the fall or spring planting season.


March 5, 2018

An updated color rendering of the draft concept plan for Riedesel Avenue is now available under the "Documents" tab on this page.  This updated concept is based on feedback from residents during the community meeting held on February 13th.


February 16, 2018

Design concepts as well as traffic data for Brewster St. and Riedesel Ave discussed at the 2/13/18 community meeting are now available under the "Documents" tab of this page. A new markup of a design concept for Riedesel Ave is also available under the "Documents" tab based on feedback/discussions with residents at the 2/13/18 meeting. These are not final and are for discussion only.

Examples of curb extensions for plantings and mountable curbs are also available under the "Documents" tab for reference.


NOTICE: Brewster/Riedesel Reconstruction Project Community Meeting on February 13.

Brewster St (Appleton to Sparks) and Riedesel Ave (Brattle to Brewster) are scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018.

On Tuesday, February 13, from 6:00-7:30 pm, the Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works will be hosting a community meeting in the Buckingham Browne & Nichols Lower School gymnasium located at 10 Buckingham St. Please enter the building via the entrance on Parker St.

The focus of this meeting will be to hear neighbors’ concerns and review preliminary design 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. To receive future updates via email, please contact Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager, at driviello@cambridgema.gov / 617.349.4825.


November 2017

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


NOTICE: Brewster/Riedesel Reconstruction Project Community Meeting on Oct. 17

Brewster St (Appleton to Sparks) and Riedesel Ave (Brattle to Brewster) are scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018.

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 Tuesday, October 17, from 6:00-7:30 pm, the Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works will be hosting a community meeting in the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School gymnasium located at 10 Buckingham St. Please enter the building via the entrance on Parker 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.

Please check the "Updates" tab for the most up-to-date information. Brewster St (Appleton to Sparks) and Riedesel Ave (Brattle to Brewster) are scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018.

Brewster St (Appleton to Sparks) and Riedesel Ave (Brattle to Brewster) are scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018.

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

Kate Riley

Project Administrator- Community Relations

Phone: 617-349-4870

Email: kriley@cambridgema.gov

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