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May 05, 2016


Building 1
Building 2
Buildings 2 and 4 ramps
Building 3
Building 5
Building 6
Buildings 8 and 16
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 24
Building 31
Building 39
Building E18
Building E19
Building E25, Elevator Modernization
Building E40
Building E51
Building E52
Building NW23
Building W16
Building W20
Killian Court
Utilities work: Amherst Street
Utilities work: Northwest Steam System Repair and Upgrade
Utilities Plant and N10 Annex Lot
Main Street
Longfellow Bridge
Novartis Cambridge Campus

Building 1

Crews are scheduled to refinish the basement corridor floors in the Building 1 south and west wings. Portions of the hallways will be closed during this work, which is expected to conclude by January 8. Work hours are 6 AM – 3 PM.

The floor refinishing work will generate noise and odors from the concrete polishing and urethane coating of the floors. Dust protection and HEPA filters will be used. Signs will direct pedestrians to alternate passages available via the upper floors. Questions about this work may be directed to Christine Perec.

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Building 2

Department of Math - East and South Wings

The East and South Wings of Building 2 are closed due to construction activities except to specific lab groups within those wings.

Work is starting to wrap up for the Building 2 renovation with a target move in date of January 2016. Questions about this work may be directed to Marty Deluga.

Exterior

  • Install exterior doors and lighting
  • Deliveries will take place throughout the day at the east construction road (between Buildings 2 and 14) and the Killian Court entry road. Noise expected from trucks and back up horns.

Interior

  • Test fire alarm horns and strobes during early morning. This will generate noise.
  • Main stair and lobby: install overhead ceilings, paint stair, strip stair run. This may require closure of sections of the stair run. Some noise expected.
  • Test MEP systems throughout south and east wings.
  • Electrical and mechanical shutdowns will occur, separate notifications will be issued.

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Buildings 2 and 4 ramps

A project is underway in Killian Court to create permanent accessible entrances to Buildings 2 and 4 from the Court and to improve emergency vehicle access to buildings in the Main Group. The project is expected to conclude in January 2016. In June a significant landscaping phase of this project began with activities taking place on the east side of Killian Court (near Building 4), in Lowell Court, and at the south end of Killian Court near Memorial Drive.

See a map of the work area.

A new accessible entry ramp was built at the south entry to Building 4 from Killian Court, and included the installation of new sidewalks. The final phase of work at the Memorial Drive entry is currently underway. A portion of the area is scheduled to reopen in late January 2016. Work includes installing soils, irrigation systems, and landscaping along Killian and Lowell Courts through to Memorial Drive.

Questions about this work may be directed to Marty Deluga.

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Building 3

On December 10, 2015, work is scheduled to begin to renew and modernize the passenger elevator, installing new equipment (controllers and motors) and new cab finishes. In addition, the machine will be rebuilt due to machine room size constraints. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 PM

  • The elevator will be out of service for the duration of the project.
  • Signs will direct pedestrian traffic to Building 7 elevators.
  • The work is expected to last from December 2015 to late May 2016. 

Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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Building 5

Fire alarm replacement

A complete fire alarm system replacement project for Building 5 began in August 2015 and is expected to continue for several months. The system upgrade includes installing fire alarm devices in corridors, office suites, conference rooms, and laboratories. Work during the first few weeks consisted of investigating existing conditions and installing risers in mechanical rooms. As the project proceeds, project manager Sudy Nally will reach out to occupants individually to coordinate access requirements. Contact Sudy if you have any questions.

Through December: During the overnight hours of 7 PM to 2 AM crews are scheduled to install fire alarm and fire protection equipment in the corridors of all levels of Building 5. A single-man lift will be positioned in the corridors to facilitate this work and pedestrians will be directed around the work area. The corridors will remain open. In coordination with occupants, crews are scheduled to enter offices to upgrade equipment as well. Some noise will be associated with this work.

Questions may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.

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Building 6

Facade Renovation

A Building 6 façade renovation is underway. The renovation work will include restoring masonry, rebuilding of fourth floor façade and parapet, and replacing all windows along the west façade of Building 6 (facing the courtyard). Work hours are 6 AM to 3 PM.

In the weeks ahead, crews will be completing window work, cleaning up and removing debris in the courtyard, and maintaining the scaffolding wrapped in tarp for the winter.

Questions about this work may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

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Buildings 8 and 16

The basement ramp between Buildings 8 and 16 closed temporarily in September 2015 and is scheduled to remain closed for approximately 12 months. The ramp with stairs beside this location will remain open.

View a map indicating available pathways in the area.

Signs in the area will direct pedestrians to stairwells and elevators nearby. Floors above the closure will remain open for travel.

Contact Andrew Corson with any questions.

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Building 12: MIT.nano

Subscribe to construction activity forecasts for the MIT.nano project by emailing mitnano-info@mit.edu, or view updates online. Please direct any questions to Andrew Corson.

The installation of the West Tower Crane outside Buildings 10 and 13 is complete. Please note that when the cranes are in operation, the construction crews will issue an audible air horn warning which is required for safety purposes. When the tower crane is not in use, note that it will move with the wind, and this is normal for cranes like this.

Building 13 sidewalk

Crews have demolished a section of sidewalk on the eastern side of Building 13 (facing Building 16). This section of sidewalk is scheduled to remain closed through Fall 2016.

Emergency egress routes for Building 13 occupants will be maintained throughout the closure. Updated emergency egress maps have been posted in the building.

Main Lot gate change

On January 4, 2015 the parking gate at the driveway between Buildings 35 and 37 was relocated to the driveway between Buildings 9 and 13. All remaining authorized Main Lot permit holders, maintenance and delivery vehicles should enter and exit the Main Lot via the Building 9 driveway on Mass Ave.

Building 24, sidewalk on north side

  • Work is underway to excavate part of the sidewalk to the north of Building 24 (facing Buildings 38-39).
  • This section of sidewalk will be temporarily closed during this work, which is expected to conclude by March 2016. Pedestrian traffic will be routed around the closure; the vehicular traffic lane will not be impacted.
  • Note: this work area is just to the east of the area marked F on this map.

Building 24, Building 38/39 underpass

  • Work is scheduled through March 2016 at the gas tanks between Buildings 24 and 38. While this work is underway the pathway at the underpass between Buildings 38 and 39 will be temporarily narrowed.
  • Signs will also direct pedestrians to use Vassar Street to navigate around the temporary sidewalk closure at the south of Building 38.
  • Work includes the excavation of an area within the tank fence to install process gas lines.
  • Periodic trench work: view location E on map. Crews are working on pipes in the driveway between Buildings 24 and 39. The driveway will be closed to vehicles during work hours of 6AM - 4PM. The road will be plated during overnight hours. Pedestrian and bike passage through the area will be permitted during this work.
  • During the week of December 28 crews are scheduled to pave an area at the Building 39 underpass. This work will incur noise and odors.

Buildings 38/39 underpass sidewalk repair

Repair and restoration of the east underpass concrete sidewalk and curbing is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 14, 2015. The chain-link construction fence will be relocated to the corner of Building 38. Work hours will be 6 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday (except holidays).This work is expected to conclude in March 2016.

The east underpass sidewalk will be temporarily closed during the repairs, and signs will direct pedestrian traffic around the work area. Vehicular traffic is expected to experience some restrictions. All vehicles entering the site from the west underpass of Building 39 will need to exit through the west underpass.

Access to the three doors on the east side of Building 38 will be restricted. The basement egress door will remain open and accessible in the case of an emergency. The remaining two doors will be closed. Building occupants who need to use these doors for a scheduled delivery should contact the MIT.nano team prior to delivery.

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Building 13

The Jaramillo Lab on the 5th floor is scheduled to be renovated December 2015 through the end of March 2016. Work hours will be 6 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday (except holidays), with occasional off hours and weekend work.

The lab renovation will take place inside rooms 5137, 5145, 5149, and 5127. Construction materials may occasionally be placed in the corridor, but the corridor will remain open and accessible at all times. Any construction work that could be noisy or disruptive will be completed by 10 AM.

Questions about this work may be directed to Alex Campbell.

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Building 24

A complete fire alarm system upgrade project for Building 24 is scheduled to begin August 31 and conclude by March 2016. The system upgrade includes installing fire alarm devices in many rooms in the building. Work during the first few weeks will consist of investigating existing conditions and installing risers in mechanical rooms. Work hours will be 5 AM – 2 PM. As the project proceeds, project manager Jennifer Combs will reach out to occupants individually to coordinate access requirements. In the meantime, contact Jennifer if you have any questions.

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Building 31

The renovation of Building 31 will modernize its structure and systems while also addressing programming needs for Aero/Astro and Mechanical Engineering.

A section of the walking path around the MIT.nano construction site adjacent to Building 31 will be closed during the renovation project which is expected to conclude in fall 2017. Signs will direct pedestrians around the path closure. Emergency egress will remain available for Building 31 and updated signage will be posted in the building.

Please note that while the driveway between Buildings 17 and 31 will remain open, pedestrians are advised to avoid the driveway which has a heavy volume of construction vehicles.

View a map of the closed pathway and suggested alternate routes.

Questions about this work may be directed to Brian Donnellan.

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Building 39

On December 10, 2015, work is scheduled to begin to renew and modernize both elevators, installing new equipment and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday-Friday (except holidays). Drilling activities during the installation of the new elevator machines may be heard on the first and second floors. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

The elevators will be modernized one at a time, allowing one to remain operational while the other is taken out of service, and the project will take place in two phases:

  • The larger elevator (Car #2): December 2015 to mid-April 2016. The elevator that provides access to the basement will be modernized first. Preparations are being made to accommodate building occupants during the time when access to the basement is limited.
  • Car #1 modernization is expected to last mid-April 2016 to mid-August 2016.

The scope of work includes renewing both elevators by installing new equipment (machines, controllers, and motors) and new cab finishes. Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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Building E18 roof replacement

Construction is scheduled to begin May 9 to replace the roof of Building E18. The roof replacement work is scheduled to conclude in October, but is weather dependent. Work hours will be from 7 AM to 3:30 PM, with some Saturday work expected. The installation will generate some noise. A crane will be on site periodically to deliver and remove materials from the site.

Questions about this project may be directed to William Mackie.

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Buildings E18 – E19

Please note that the Department of Economics will be moving out of their offices on the seventh floor of E19 from December 21 to January 7, 2016. During the move the passenger or freight elevators in E18 and E19 will be used heavily for moving activities. Work hours will begin at 8:30 AM and end around 2 PM, unless noted otherwise.

  • E18 freight elevator: Monday, January 4 through Thursday, January 7
  • E19 passenger elevator: Monday, January 4 (8:30 – 10 AM)

Questions about this work may be directed to Sudy Nally.

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Building E25, elevator modernization

On December 9, 2015, work is scheduled to begin to renew and modernize the three elevators (two passenger, one freight), installing new equipment and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday-Friday (except holidays). Drilling activities during the installation of new elevator machines may be heard on the top two floors of E25. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

The elevators will be modernized one at a time, allowing two elevators to remain operational while the third is out of service. Work is scheduled to take place in three phases:

  • Car #2 modernization: December 2015 to April 2016
  • Car #1 modernization: April 2016 to August 2016
  • Car #3 (freight) modernization: August 2016 to December 2016

The scope of work includes renewing the elevators by installing new equipment (machines, controllers, and motors) and new cab finishes. Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft.
Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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Building E40

The renovation of the Operations Research Center suite in Building E40-149  is underway and is expected to continue through November. Construction hours are Monday to Friday, 6 AM – 3 PM. The renovation of the space will include upgrades to several systems including the electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection and alarms. 

Work over the course of the project will include sprinkler and fire alarm upgrades taking place in the first floor lobby and corridor. This work will be scheduled during evening shifts and will involve removal of the dropped ceiling tile. The lobby entrance and egress doors will remain open during that work. Sprinkler system upgrades will also take place at the loading dock and will impact access to the loading dock. We will send advance notice when that work is scheduled.
 
Questions about this work may be directed to Sudy Nally.

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Building E51

A renovation of Wong Auditorium in Building E51 is underway with a target completion date of March 2016. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. with occasional work on weekends and outside these hours.

Wong Auditorium will be temporarily closed through March to allow the renovation work to proceed. The hallway adjacent to the auditorium on the first floor which is often reserved for functions will also be temporarily unavailable. A temporary barrier will be installed in this first floor hallway to contain the construction activities. The hallway will be slightly narrowed and will remain open for passage. (Note: the main E51 entrance lobby and lower level will remain open.)

Renovation activities include upgrading all finishes, seating, lighting, and audio-visual systems, as well as upgrading the building fire alarm system.

Questions about this project can be directed to Cherie Dunn.

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Building E52

  • Crane or equipment activities located in E62 loading dock area near E52 while maintaining access to E62 loading docks.
  • Start up and check all mechanical, electrical and plumbing at interior, roof top, and penthouse.
  • Install AV system in classroom and conference rooms.
  • Test fire alarm systems.

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Building NW23

The building renovation of Building NW23 is underway at 195 Albany Street. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3:30 PM. The renovation has a target completion date of late January 2016. When the project is complete, NW23 will serve as the new home for the Department of Facilities and the Office of Campus Planning.

A former lab building, NW23 will receive new windows, a new roof, and new interior spaces as well as new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The shared main entrance will be completely renovated to create a reconfigured lobby and accessible walkway. As part of this project Building NW22 at 185 Albany Street will receive new windows.

Most of the work will take place inside the building, which will help control noise levels, but the community can expect to hear a moderate level of noise as materials and equipment are delivered to and removed from the site. The process of removing the concrete sidewalk and building entrance is also expected to cause localized noise. In addition, the community can expect increased traffic on Purington, Pacific, and Albany Streets, and a reduced number of parking spaces in the lot just west of NW23 (part of the lot will be used for construction support activities).

During the renovation of the main entrance, pedestrians will be directed to use an alternate entrance. This will be coordinated with the building occupants at a later date once the schedule and alternate route is finalized.

A map of the work area is available.

Questions about this work may be directed to T.J. Fanning.

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Building NW61

Construction is underway to replace the roof of Building NW61 Random Hall. The roof replacement work is scheduled to conclude in October, but is weather dependent. Work hours will be from 7 AM to 4 PM with some Saturday work expected.

Please note that the installation will generate some noise with use of hammers and drills during removal of existing roof materials and installation of the new roofing materials. A crane will be on site periodically to deliver and remove materials from the site. A police detail will direct pedestrians and traffic in the area.

Questions about this project may be directed to Drew Murphy.

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Building W16, Kresge Auditorium

In February 2015 a substantial restoration of Kresge commenced as part of MIT’s Capital Renewal Program. The project’s overarching goals are to replace aging equipment and systems, renew and upgrade key building elements, and improve visitor comfort. The target completion date for the restoration is April 2016, and the building will remain open during nearly all of the work. 

While Kresge's appearance will be carefully preserved and maintained, the management and efficiency of its systems will be much improved. The building will also achieve greater energy conservation and efficiency through new mechanical equipment, new lighting, water-saving bathroom fixtures, and curtainwall materials that offer more thermal protection.

At times throughout the process, portions of the construction site will be surrounded by protective fencing. The outside brick plaza will not be available for use, but temporary covered walkways will be maintained to allow pedestrian access to the building.

An article about the renovation provides additional details.

View a map of the construction site.

Questions about this project can be directed to Varin Ang or Alex Campbell.

Current activities:

  • Access to Kresge is temporarily closed to allow renovation activities to continue. The building is scheduled to reopen on January 23.
  • Work hours will be Monday-Friday, 6 AM to 3 PM with some weekend work expected. A police detail will direct pedestrians as needed.
  • Paving, south end of Kresge Oval (through 1/8): Crews are scheduled to pave the walking path at the southern end of the Kresge Oval near Amherst Street. The section of stairs that lead from the oval down to Amherst Street closest to the Chapel will remain open at all times. Note that the accessible ramp in this area will be closed while this paving work is underway. Please use the ramp by the Chapel. (Refer to map for accessible routes.)
  • The turnaround on Amherst Street will be partially closed as well, with half of the turnaround accessible for parking. This work will create some noise and odors. Signs will direct pedestrians around the closed area.
  • Zone 1-2: (November 30 until mid-January 2016): The sidewalk that runs between the Student Center, Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, and Kresge Auditorium will be temporarily detoured while crews excavate this area. See a map of the detour. A temporary asphalt walkway is scheduled to be constructed on the Kresge side of the path and access will remain available through the area. Crews will excavate the area to access and conduct maintenance on utilities services beneath the sidewalk. This work will generate some noise during jackhammering. Trucks will enter the area to deliver materials and remove debris. A police detail will direct pedestrians as needed.

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Building W20

On December 10, 2015, work is scheduled to begin to renew and modernize W20’s four elevators (two passenger, two freight), installing new equipment (controllers and motors) and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 pm, Monday-Friday (except holidays).

The passenger elevators will be modernized one at a time, allowing one to remain operational while the other is out of service. Modernization of the two freight elevators will take place after both passenger elevators are back in service. Alternative freight pathways are still under discussion and will be resolved before the freight elevators are taken out of service.

The project is scheduled to take place in three phases:

  • Car #1: December 2015 to April 2016
  • Car #2: June 2016 to October 2016
  • Cars #3 and #4 (freight): October 2016 to late December 2016.  

Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft. Drilling in the basement machine room for the installation of the new elevator machines may be heard on the 1st and 2nd floors during the first month of each phase. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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Killian Court

A project is underway in Killian Court to create permanent accessible entrances to Buildings 2 and 4 from the Court, and to improve emergency vehicle access to buildings in the Main Group. The project is expected to conclude late fall 2015. Learn more about this work.

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Utilities work: Amherst Street

Work is scheduled to repair condensate lines at two locations on Amherst Alley. The first location is in front of W71, and the second is next to Kresge Auditorium. Crews are scheduled to set up fencing around the two work areas on Monday, October 26 with work planned to start on October 28. Work to excavate the area and replace the condensate lines is anticipated to conclude by end of November. Work hours are 7AM – 3 PM.

The scope of work to replace the sections of condensate line include sawcutting the road surface, excavating the trench, and sawcutting and welding the pipe. These activities will generate some noise. Louder activities will be scheduled for after 9 AM.

Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

See map of work locations.

Site 1: Amherst Alley in front of W71 at the turn in the road

  • The fenced in work area will occupy half of the roadway. The road will remain open with vehicles being directed through a single lane. Sidewalks will remain available.
  • Some parking spaces next to the work area will not be available during this work.
  • W71 delivery area will remain open.
  • Bus stop will continue to operate.

Site 2: Amherst Alley in front of Kresge Auditorium

  • The fenced in work area will occupy half of the roadway. The road will remain open with two-way traffic being directed through a single lane. Sidewalks will remain available.
  • Some parking spaces opposite the work area will not be available during this work.
  • Access to the Kresge parking lot will remain open.

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Utilities work: Northwest steam system repair and upgrade

Work is underway to remove and replace the old steam system which runs from behind Building W34 to the outside south wall of Building NW13 on Albany Street. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3PM. The project is expected to conclude in November 2015. Over the course of the work traffic in the area will be detoured as the crews work on the pipes crossing under Vassar Street.

The scope of work includes excavating and removing existing steam piping that runs beneath Vassar Street and between W34 and NW13. Once removed, the pipe system will be replaced with new high- density polyethylene (HDPE) covered steam lines. During ongoing work, normal pedestrian access to and from the Johnson Athletic Center and the W45 garage will be maintained with the assistance of MIT Police.

View a map of the work area.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street using a single lane. A police detail will direct traffic through the single lane alternating from each direction.

Normal pedestrian access to and from the Johnson Athletic Center and the W45 West Garage will be maintained and the West Garage (W45) and Athletics fields will remain open during this work. Vassar Street access to the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center will be maintained with occasional minor detours. Access to the Metropolitan Warehouse will also remain open during this work.

Upgrading the existing steam system with new and more efficient marine-compatible steam piping will help ensure safety for pedestrians and MIT personnel while improving energy efficiency throughout the campus.

Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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Utilities Plant and N10 Annex Lot

A portion of the N10 Annex Parking Lot will be unavailable to parkers while construction work is underway on two of the cooling towers located at the Central Utilities Plant next to this lot.

A crane will be positioned in the corner of the lot that is closest to the Central Utilities Plant and the railroad tracks. The crane will be in position to dismantle two of the cooling towers at the plant. A dumpster will be in place to contain demolition materials, which will be trucked off-site and recycled.

Questions about the Utilities work may be directed to Frances Boyle.

Questions about parking may be directed to mitparking@mit.edu.

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Main Street

Surface Improvement Project

A surface improvement project on Main Street, between Ames and Third Streets, is underway. This project is being managed by the City of Cambridge. The scope of work includes reconstructed roadway and sidewalks, new vehicular connection from Third to Main Streets, tree plantings, street furniture and lighting.

For more information visit the project webpage.

The project is on hold for the winter months. Main Street has reopened for two way traffic.

  • Questions may be directed to Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager at 617-349-4825, or the Department of Public Works 24-Hour line at 617-349-4800.
  • Additional information and project plans are available on the Cambridge DPW site, under Main Street Reconstruction Project.

Work anticipated for spring 2016 when activities resume include:

  • reconstruction of remaining south sidewalk
  • tree planting, seeding, and irrigation
  • furniture installation
  • raised crosswalks across Wadsworth, Hayward, and Dock streets
  • Grinding and paving of intersections at Main and Ames streets as well as Broadway and Third streets
  • Final roadway paving

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Longfellow Bridge

MassDOT is renovating the Longfellow Bridge, which will include the dismantling of the "salt and pepper" towers.

For more information, visit the project site.

For questions, to report issues and concerns related to construction, or to be added to the project email distribution list, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.

Through January 2016, the Longfellow Bridge will close to all vehicular traffic overnight, Mondays through Fridays from 11 PM each night to 5 AM the following morning.

  • The closure will begin at 11 PM each night and end at 5 AM the following morning, Monday-Friday.
  • The closure may extend to Saturday nights, if needed.
  • Bike and pedestrian traffic will be maintained across the bridge at all times.
  • No closures will be implemented until one hour before and after all events at TD Garden to minimize traffic impacts at Leverett Circle.
  • Note: there will be no lane closures from 5 AM on Tuesday, December 22, through 12 PM on Monday, January 4, for the holidays.

View the full details of this notification on the project website, including details of the detour routes for Boston-bound vehicles.

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Novartis Cambridge Campus

Novartis is concluding the development of lab, office, and retail space at 181 Mass Ave, including the addition of two new buildings and renovation of an existing building. Learn more at the project website. Over the next several months, associates will move into these new labs and offices.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact cambridge.campus@novartis.com or call 617-418-0270.

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