Weekly Construction Highlights

Cambridge Common

September 28, 2015 

REMINDER:  As of Monday, September 21st all new permits will need to be submitted online at: permits.cambridgema.gov/CAPSite/Public/Main.  You will need to “register” first if you have not done so before.  Click here for a complete set of instructions (pdf) on how to use the new permit system.  If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Permit Desk at 617-349-4833 or Rob Linke at rlinke@cambridgema.gov. Please wait for email with approved permit before starting work.

1. Top course paving must be complete by October 31st – 1 month left!  Eversource Electric is asking for a 2-3 week notice and Eversource Gas a 4 week notice, Verizon a 4 week notice in advance of any paving to raise castings.
2. Pave trenches weekly
3. Notify utility companies when you are grinding and paving
4. Spray paint (in pink) all castings the sides and the tops

Traffic & Parking Permits – keep in mind that permits from the Traffic Department require 7 days for processing.
Sidewalk obstruction permits are for sidewalk obstructions not for contractors to post “No Parking” signs for parking vehicles.
No Parking signs – all contractors are to use the “No Parking” signs issued by DPW. Please do not use handmade signs. Signs can be picked up at the DPW office at the permit desk.
Private Property – no contractors are allowed on private property using resident’s water. If you need water onsite please contact the Water Department for a Hydrant Use Permit and meter.
Police Details: please let Jim Wilcox (jwilcox@cambridgema.gov/617.349.6426) know by 12:00 noon on Thursdays if you are requesting a priority detail for the following week. If you are requesting a priority detail you are still responsible for calling the detail into the office (617.349.3350). Please call all details into the office by 11:00 am on Fridays. Noise variances are required for all work after 6:00 pm and permits from the police department for Sunday work.
Noise Control: refer to Chapter 8.16 of the Cambridge Municipal Code available at www.cambridgema.gov  For work hours allowed refer to Chapter 8.16.080, Section F.

Properly functioning gate boxes / shut-off valves are a significant safety and liability issue for all of us. Damaging utility infrastructure, including gas valves, is a violation of Dig Safe Regulations and subject to a $1,000 to $10,000 fine per incident. Announcing paving operations at Monday morning construction meetings is important, but is not sufficient. Contractors must email Eversource Gas and Electric prior to paving and work with them to coordinate adjustments of valves and structures.
Eversource Gas
Construction Contractors must provide Eversource Gas one-month written / email notice of all planned paving to:
• test for gas leaks and allow sufficient time to make the required repairs prior to paving.
• allow for the timely regulation/adjustment of all gate boxes, shut-off valves & castings.
Please e-mail : Kieran.OFlaherty@eversource.com  and William.Zamparelli@eversource.com

Paving Operations
• Valves must be accessible and visible at all times.
• Paving over a gate box / shut-off valve is a serious safety hazard and under no case, can a contractor bury gate boxes / shut-off valves under paving.
• Contractors must notify Eversource if any gate boxes / shut-off valves were damaged during grinding or full depth construction.
• Eversource will raise the gate boxes / shut-off valves prior to each phase of paving. Contractors can make the final 1” to 2” adjustment to match the final grading.

Eversource Electric
Construction Contractors must provide Eversource Electric two-week written / email notice of all planned paving to:
• allow for the timely regulation/adjustment of all castings.
• if reclaiming roadways (deep grind & overlay top surface), please advise so vault tops and subsurface castings may be protected.
Please e-mail: John.Manning@eversource.com  and William.Zamparelli@eversource.com 

Huron A Project (Gioioso)
Larch Rd – bio-basin work
Planting, looming, seeding and watering
Paving remains on Vassal Lane @ Lakeview and Larch Rd
Sidewalk repairs this week

Huron B Project (Barletta)
Vassal Lane – full depth
Lakeview - paving
Working project wide on – hoods and inverts
Verizon – Appleton St
Illicit surveys on-going
*** Must pave trenches by the end of the day Friday

Concord Ave Project (Gioioso)
Ivy St – illicits
Saville St – sidewalk work
Concord Ave @ Walden St – full depth work; paving Friday (weather permitting)
Copley – back of sidewalk work

New Street & Concord Lane (Barletta)
Concord Lane – manholes
No night work this week
Water crossing @ MaMagoo’s – upcoming night work
New Street – Eversource Elec. pole issue

Western Ave Project (D’Allessandro)
Greet St to Mass Ave – full depth
Catch basin cleaning

Binney Street Project (Gilbane/Derenzo)
Installing parking meter poles
Traffic fiber work

Chapter 90 – Contract 16 (Marchese)
Second St @ Thorndike St – sidewalk work; Tuesday – Thursday street closure for raised crosswalk work
Second St – brick sidewalk work
Second St @ Charles St – raised intersection
Tufts St – sidewalk repairs
Multicultural Arts Center – clean-up in area

Chapter 90 – Contract 17 (D’Allessandro)
Amory St – sidewalk work
Sherman St – drainage work
Pavement markings – Thorndike and Mead St – Wednesday

Chapter 90 – Contract 18 (D’Allessandro)
Kinnaird St – punch list work
Magee St – sidewalk work
Oct 5th – Milling Putnam, Magee, and Kinnaird

Remedial Contract (Mattuchio)
Grant St @ Banks St
Third St @ Gore St

TV & Cleaning Contract (Rapid Flow)
Fresh Pond Pkwy

Misc. Sidewalk Contract (Deroma)
Harvard @ Pine
212 Harvard St – bump out

Misc. Patch Contract
No work

MLK School
Putnam Ave – sidewalk work – lane closure
Kinnaird St – barrier removal, crane work
Putnam Ave – raised crosswalk schedule

Longfellow Bridge Project
East bound Memorial Dr. lane closures

Main Street – Kendall Sq. (Newport)
North sidewalks; electrical work

Grand Junction Project (Mattuchio)
Main St @ Broadway – sidewalk work and ramps
Site meeting with Police and Traffic

Cambridge Common Project (Newport)
Path construction– Waterhouse St, garden St
Irrigation work on Mass Ave side
Cobblestone work

Harvard Sq./Waverly Path (Newport)
MT Auburn St – raising castings; Holyoke St closure
Paving Wednesday

Route 2/Route 16 (Newport)

Hurley Street Park (JNJ Sacca)
No work this week

Haggerty School
Site work this week

Cambridge Water Department
Hudson St – water main work continues
Trowbridge St (Trowbridge Place – Harvard St)

Cambridge Electrical Department

Cambridge Traffic Department
Line painting at night

Coordination with Traffic Dept. on all pavement markings at least 1 week in advance
Contact: Jeff Parenti at jparenti@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4715 
             David Soares at dsoares@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4713

Kennedy School – Eliot St gas work on Saturday
Smith Campus Center – Continue installing scaffolding on Dunster Street - deliveries

Façade repairs – Albany St crane work
Nano Project – waterline work
Vassar Street Steam – trench work
8 Carlton St – demo

Eversource Gas (Kieran O’Flaherty or Richard Dell’Isola)
Ames St
108 Kinnaird St
Kinnaird St @ Bay St
Garden & Quincy – paving TBD

Eversource Electric (Bill Zamparelli 617.369.5532)
35 Cottage Park
300 Mass Ave
New St
Lexington Ave @ Worthington
Broadway @ Ames
Binney @ Sixth
Brookline – paving mid-October
Second St @ Rogers St – extensive outage; permit not written yet for wire transfers

Comcast (Anthony Vatalaro)
Portland St @ Washington St – test pit
9 Brookline St – manhole repair in sidewalk
Bow St
Concord Ave – conduit work

Verizon (Matthew King 781.376.8172)
Huron B (Appleton St & Huron Ave) – this week
Binney St
Broadway @ Galileo
Mass Ave @ Bent
10 Wilson Rd
330 Mt Auburn St

Third @ Potter

Crown Castle (Peter Szczepanik 781-626-0351)
Columbia @ Cambridge
Antrim @ Broadway
Mass Ave @ Columbia
Highland Ave @ Broadway

75/125 Binney Street
No Work

50/60 Binney Street
Binney St – right lane closure till end of month
Linskey – remains closed
Tower crane take down before weekend of 10/9
Sewer tie-in this week? waiting on permits

100 Binney Street (Moriarty)
Linskey Way – Lane closure – trucking materials and concrete deliveries

Biogen Steam-Sixth Street @ Binney Street
Curbing in median on east bound side
Steam line install on west bound side

7 Temple Street
Temple St – curb work; sidewalk work to follow

240 Sidney Street
Sidewalk work

610 Main Street
No work this week

185 Albany Street

180 Windsor Street (CHA)

181 Mass Ave
No work this week
Waiting on storm main replacement approval

300 Mass Ave
Blanche St - demo
Sidewalk replacements
Resurfacing this week

131 Harvard Street

112/114 Mt Auburn Street
10/7 – milling Bennett and Mt Auburn St
10/14 – paving at night 12:00 am - ?? starting with Mt Auburn St

115 Mt Auburn Street (Flett)
Utility work, drain connection

1868 Mass Ave

1924 Mass Ave (Porter Hotel)
Utility work

1971 Mass Ave
Allen St. – water main and sewer work, testing and flushing this week – complete at the end of the week
Thursday, October 1 – water shutdown 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
** Allen St needs to remain open

165 Cambridge Park Drive

140 Cambridge Park Drive

Discovery Park Hotel

Sunday, October 4th – Annual Rib Festival – Cambridge St closed from Fulkerson St to Fifth St

Sunday, October 4th – Tommy Doyle’s 5k Oktoberfest Race – Route: Tech Sq., Main St, Ames St, Broadway, Ware St, Harvard St, Portland St, Tech Sq.

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