Weekly Construction Highlights

Cambridge Common

November 9, 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 four 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 : Robert.Dell'Anno@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: Donald.McCabe@eversource.com  and William.Zamparelli@eversource.com 

Huron A Project (Gioioso)
Lexington – sewer service repair
Lexington – Curb extension on Wednesday
Remaining sidewalk work – TBD
Flexipave – TBD
Eversource Elec. – pole issue Worthington @ Lexington Street, Hawthorne Park

Huron B Project (Barletta)
Vassal Lane – illicit connections
Hutchinson St – prep for paving
Appleton St (north) – prep for paving
Appleton St (south) – sidewalk work
Back of sidewalk work project wide, inverts & hoods project-wide; sealing sidewalks
*** Must pave trenches by the end of the day Friday

Concord Ave Project (Gioioso)
Concord Ave – full depth; need gas valves raised
Concord Ave – removing bump outs
Fayerweather St – sidewalks

New Street & Concord Lane (Barletta)
Concord Lane – water line
Private property work – 1 week
November 18 – milling; November 20th - paving

Western Ave Project (D’Allessandro)
Punch list work
River St – fixing blow outs
Putnam Ave - power
Paving Monday night: Green St, Western Ave and River St
Tuesday morning: pave Green St parking lot
Tuesday night: paving Mass Ave
Eversource Elec. – 2 outstanding work orders – Putnam Ave and Green St

Chapter 90 – Contract 16 (Marchese)

Chapter 90 – Contract 17 (D’Allessandro)
Mt Auburn St – temp striping
Amory St – sidewalk work
Sherman St – water main work
Chapter 90 – Contract 18 (D’Allessandro)
No work this week
Striping – Kinnaird, Hayes and Putnam

Remedial Contract (Mattuchio)
No work

TV & Cleaning Contract (Rapid Flow)
New St

Misc. Sidewalk Contract (Deroma)
Fort Washington Park
Peabody School – Rindge Ave
Windsor St

Misc. Patch Contract
No Work

MLK School
Deliveries; on-site concrete work
School starts in January

Longfellow Bridge Project
M-F – overnight closures of the bridge
Daytime single lane closures on Memorial Dr. west & east bound
December 12th – weekend shutdown of Red Line

Main Street – Kendall Sq. (Newport)
Traffic switch eastbound – working on raised intersection
Finishing sidewalks and lighting

Grand Junction Project (Mattuchio)
Curb and sidewalk on Main St & Broadway
Final paving and plantings spring 2016

Cambridge Common Project (Newport)
Irrigation along Mass Ave
Wood rail fence & cobblestone strip along Garden St
Brick and granite pavers
Looming along walkways
Maintain HP spots along Garden St
Piles were covered Friday

Harvard Sq./Waverly Path (Newport)
Portland Loo – concrete slab; wired and functioning in 1 month
Mt Auburn – waiting on Electric vault to finish sidewalk; punch list work
Eversource Elec. – Mass Ave @ Garden St – manhole connection for Portland Loo
Waverly Path – punch list

Memorial Drive (Newport)
Drainage work

Haggerty School
Playground opening November 16

Cambridge Water Department
Trowbridge St (Trowbridge Place – Harvard St) – services
Dudley St – saw cutting

Cambridge Electrical Department

Cambridge Traffic Department
Finishing line striping. Please call DPW or Traffic Dept. to coordinate any last minute paving that will need to be line striped. 
    Coordination with Traffic Dept. on all pavement markings at least 1 week in advance 
    Contact: Dana Benjamin at dbenjamin@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4729 
    David Soares at dsoares@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4713


Kennedy School – no work
Smith Campus Center – no work
Putnam House – no work

Façade repairs – 301 Vassar St
Nano Project – sidewalk pavers
Vassar Street Steam – back filling
Albany St – no work

Eversource Gas (Kieran O’Flaherty or Richard Dell’Isola)
Concord Lane
Centre St
237 Franklin St (work on Green St)
77 Ames St
Leaks: 120 Harvard St, Walden @ Sherman, Sixth St
Paving: Quincy St (Broadway - Harvard) & Garden St (Huron Ave – Grey Gardens)

Eversource Electric (Bill Zamparelli 617.369.5532)
Mass Ave – chipping duct
New St – chipping duct
181 Mass Ave
Carver St
165 CambridgePark Drive
Langdon St
Cottage Park
Portland Loo – manhole connection
Mt Auburn St – vault in sidewalk
Fulkerson St – pole removal – outage needed – District Manager going out to speak to customer about outage

Comcast (Anthony Vatalaro)
Brattle St @ Story St
55 Cambridge Parkway (on Land Blvd) work hours: 9:00 pm - 5:00 am

Verizon (Matthew King 781.376.8172)
Warren St
300 Mass Ave
810 Memorial Dr.
675 Mass Ave
95 Mt Auburn St
Binney St


Crown Castle (Peter Szczepanik 781-626-0351)
Garden St
Prospect St
Bishop Allen Dr.
Norfolk St
Essex St
Mill & Pave: Norfolk St, Tremont St

50/60 Binney Street

Linskey St – closed
Binney St – right lane closure
Precast starts night work – this week an next week (not working Wednesday)
First St – sewer connection
Second St (Binney St – Linskey) street closed Wednesday

100 Binney Street (Moriarty)
Linskey Way – Lane closure

Biogen Steam-Sixth Street @ Binney Street
Finishing pipe and backfilling; paving next week

7 Temple Street
Concrete – tomorrow
Working on brick pavers

185 Albany Street
No work

240 Sidney Street

610 Main Street
Main St – sidewalk open next week

180 Windsor Street (CHA)

181 Mass Ave
Windsor St – crane Friday/Saturday
Albany St – crane
Sidewalk opening, line striping, sidewalk work
Osbourne St – top coat

300 Mass Ave
Blanche St – brick sidewalks
Green St – striping Monday night
Mass Ave – sidewalk

505 Mass Ave
No work this week
Manning Apartments (CHA)
Taking parking and sidewalks

131 Harvard Street
Deliveries and concrete on Harvard St

295 Harvard Street
Taking parking on West St and sidewalk

367 Harvard Street

112/114 Mt Auburn Street
Pavement markings – tonight

115 Mt Auburn Street
Postponed till spring

80 Sparks Street
Friday - paving

149 Sherman Street

1868 Mass Ave
Sidewalks on Upland still taken
Foundation work

1924 Mass Ave (Porter Hotel)
Eversource Elec. – November 19th Pole & Conduit hearing
Porter Rd – sidewalk

1971 Mass Ave

Jefferson Park (CHA)
Drainage and water connection on Rindge Ave

165 Cambridge Park Drive
Working on entrance aprons

130 Cambridge Park Drive
Clay St – dry well install & Dudley St – dry well install

140 Cambridge Park Drive

Discovery Park Hotel

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