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February 18, 2019



Building 1
Building 2
Building 4
Building 10
Building 18
Building 26
Building 32
Building 34
Buildings 35 & 37
Building 36
Building 37
Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant
  Building E23
East Campus, Kendall Square
Building N52
Building W46 (Vassar St residence hall)
Main Parking Lot
Vassar Street
West Campus Stormwater Improvement
Eversource work: Albany and Mass Ave
Mass Ave lane changes
Memorial Drive lane changes
One Broadway


Building 1

Beginning Friday, February 1, crews are scheduled to assess the ziggurat roof structure of Building 1, weather permitting. This exploratory work is scheduled to take place weekdays from February 1-8. Anticipated hours are 6AM-4PM. Crews will be present on the roof throughout this process. Some intermittent, low-level drilling, cutting, and chipping noise is expected during this time. The team will work around the classroom schedule for room 1-390.

Questions may be directed to Sarah MacDonald.

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Building 2

A portion of the Building 2 basement corridor between Buildings 4 & 6 is scheduled to be closed for concrete delivery and pouring from 3PM on Friday, February 15, through 5PM on Monday, February 18. Crews are scheduled to work in this space on Saturday and Monday, from 7AM through 4PM, removing water and pouring concrete. Signage will be posted directing occupants around the work.

Construction vehicles and crews will be onsite outside Building 2 near Buildings 6 & 14 to deliver concrete. Trucks will be traveling across the courtyard from Ames Street. Please use caution when traveling in the area.

Questions may be directed to Kevin M Carr.

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Building 4

Fourth floor EAPS renovation

A renovation project is underway in Building 4. During this time, the south wing of the fourth floor of Building 4 will be inaccessible as it is renovated for future EAPS laboratory space.

Demolition activities are scheduled to proceed through January, with crews working Monday-Friday, 6AM–3PM. This renovation work will generate some noise from demolition activities. Any activities generating loud noise are scheduled to conclude by 8AM.

While this work is underway, crews are scheduled to transport materials through the fourth floor of Buildings 10 & 3, to the Building 3 loading dock via the Building 3 freight elevator. Material transport is scheduled to occur before 8AM daily. Access to the corridors and stairwells will not be impacted.

Questions may be directed to Joe Collins.

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Building 10

Repair and maintenance crews are scheduled to conduct roof repair work near the fourth floor lobby elevators of Building 10 starting next week. Crews will work with room occupants as needed to coordinate the work.

Work is scheduled to begin Monday, January 14. Anticipated hours are 7AM to 3PM daily, including Saturdays and the Institute Holiday on January 21. Access to the roof will occur through a window on the stairway landing. Some noise is expected, with high levels of noise concluding earlier in the day. This work is scheduled to continue for approximately 2 weeks, weather permitting.

Questions may be directed to Joe Vella.

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Building 18

An extension to the existing concrete pad for Building 18 is scheduled to be installed, and the existing equipment reconfigured. Anticipated work hours are from 8:30AM to 5PM. Some noise is anticipated. Portions of adjacent walkway will be inaccessible to pedestrian traffic during work hours.

Construction activities are scheduled to commence on Monday, February 4, when New fencing will be added, weather permitting. This activity is expected to last through February 8.

The replacement of the tanks in the area will require an additional phase of work. During the final phase, the existing tanks will be removed from service, and temporary tanks will be integrated into the system from a truck loading bed. Two cranes will be used to install the new tanks on the pad. During these operations, there will be some noise from work on the pad, and engine noise from the cranes. More information about this phase will be posted once the schedule has been finalized.

The construction vehicles and crane will be entering and exiting the site through the courtyard via 21 Ames Street. A police detail will be onsite to direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Questions about Building 18 work may be directed to Meredith Fydenkevez.

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Building 26

The Department of Facilities is scheduled to inventory data ports located throughout Building 26. Data ports are typically located near electrical outlets. This inventory is necessary for the upgrade IS&T Network project currently underway. This work is scheduled to take place 7AM to 3PM each Tuesday and Thursday from January 18 to January 29.

During the inventory process, a contractor from WB Engineering accompanied by MIT personnel will briefly enter a room containing data ports. The inventory of the data ports should take less than 5 minutes in each space. No construction activity will occur. All crews will prominently display their MIT ID. This work will potentially impact every room from the basement through the 3rd floor of building 26.

Questions may be directed to Abel Landaverde.

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Building 32

On Thursday, February 14, the freight elevator on the eighth floor of the Building 32 Dreyfoos tower is scheduled to be loaded with a piece of large equipment. Anticipated work hours are 6AM – 10AM. For approximately 2 hours during this time, the passenger elevators on this floor will be inaccessible. This freight elevator will be unavailable for use from 6AM-10AM. The work area will be cordoned off. Minimal noise is expected.

Questions may be directed to Jason Caputo.

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Building 34

The Grier Room and adjacent corridor, located on the fourth floor of Building 34, are scheduled for renovation. Demolition of the existing space is underway. Work hours are weekdays from 5AM-4PM, with occasional weekend hours. Noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 9AM daily.

Occasionally during construction, the fourth floor corridor connecting Building 34 to Buildings 36 and 38 is scheduled to close temporarily. Signage will be posted directing occupants around the area. This project is anticipated to last through January.

Questions may be directed to Julie Azzinaro.

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Buildings 35 & 37

The alleyway located between Buildings 35 & 37 is scheduled to close for utilities survey work on Thursday and Friday, February 21-22, weather permitting. Work hours are daily from 7AM-3:30PM. The alley will be barricaded and temporarily inaccessible to vehicles during these two days, and will have limited cyclist and pedestrian access. A police detail will help direct traffic in the area. Mild noise is anticipated.

During this time, crews are scheduled to perform additional work on the first floor of Building 37 and the basement of Building 17. No shutdowns are scheduled during this work.

Questions may be directed to Greg Walson.

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Building 36

Several RLE lab and office spaces located on the fifth, seventh, and eighth floors of Building 36 are scheduled for renovation. On Friday, February 8, demolition of the existing space is scheduled to begin. Work hours are weekdays from 5AM-3PM, with occasional night and weekend hours. Noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 9AM daily.

Occasionally during construction, corridors in Building 36 will be scheduled to close temporarily; a notification will be sent when the details of these closures are known. Signage will be posted directing occupants around the area. This project is anticipated to last through July.

Questions may be directed to Julie Azzinaro.

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Building 37

In order to create a more comfortable and contemporary learning environment, the lecture hall in Room 37-212 has been redesigned. This renovation will renew the tiers and create a new layout of fixed classroom furniture. Along with upgrades to the entrance corridors and the adjacent restrooms, the new space will integrate a modern lighting and audio visual system. This project is scheduled through January.

The restrooms on the second floor are scheduled to close for the duration of the Room 37-212 project. Beginning Monday, October 1, second floor women’s and men’s restrooms are scheduled to close for construction. Occupants are encouraged to use the restrooms located on the third floor of Building 37, or those on the second floor of Building 35. Signage will be posted directing occupants to the closest facilities.

Construction is underway. Work hours are daily from 6AM-3PM. Noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 8:30AM daily. During construction, the second floor corridor connecting Building 37 to Building 35 is scheduled to be closed temporarily; a notification will be sent when the details of this closure are known. Signage will be posted directing occupants around the area.

Buildings 35 & 37 corridor closure
The second floor connector corridor between Buildings 35 & 37 is scheduled to close temporarily for the installation of new flooring. Scheduled closure times are Monday through Wednesday, January 14-16, from 7AM – 3PM daily. During this time, there will be no access through this corridor. Occupants are encouraged to use the passenger elevators and stairs in Buildings 35 & 37 to bypass the area. The corridor will reopen after 3PM each day.

Questions may be directed to Meredith Fydenkevez.

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Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant

Construction is underway on an upgrade to MIT’s Central Utilities Plant, which includes the construction of a building on the former N10 Annex Parking lot. Hours for this work are 7AM – 5PM Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.

Traffic patterns have changed on Albany Street at the Portland Street intersection. Albany Street is inaccessible to vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian traffic from the intersection of Portland and Albany Streets to the entrance of the Albany Street Garage. The crosswalk across Portland Street at the intersection of Albany Street has been removed during this time. This closure is scheduled continuously through the end of October.

The project is scheduled to conclude in 2020.

View a map showing changes in traffic patterns, sidewalk closures and alternate pedestrian routes.

Phase 1: Site preparation and foundations (August 2017 – Spring 2018)

Phase 1 activities for the project are expected to include site preparation and enabling, site excavation,utility work, and the construction of foundations. Pressure injected footings (PIFs) will be used to support the building. During this phase, two-way traffic will be maintained on Albany Street, moderate noise and vibration is expected during PIF installation, and construction vehicles will travel through the area.

Phase 2: Steel (Spring 2018 – Spring 2019)

During this phase, the new addition’s steel structure will be constructed and its exterior wrapped, leaving the roof open. Slabs and floors will be built. A crane will be located on Albany Street during the installation of the large equipment for the plant. During this phase, Albany Street will become one-way from the intersection with Portland Street to the Albany Garage entrance. Two-way traffic will be maintained from Main Street to the entrance of the Albany Garage. For a short period during the summer of 2018, the section of Albany Street from Portland Street to the garage entrance will close. Garage access will be maintained during that period as well.

Phase 3: Interiors, streetscape (Summer 2018 – Summer 2019)

Most activities take place inside the building during this phase, with interior fit out and finalizing and testing system installations. Exterior streetscape and landscape work will include new lighting for public walkways as well as new public seating, trees, and other plantings. In the spring of 2019, Albany Street is scheduled to reopen to vehicles and pedestrians between Portland and Main Streets. The walkway between the construction site and Albany Garage will close for a period during spring and summer 2019 for streetscape and landscape work.

Construction activities

The large crane has been demobilized, and exterior façade installation has begun on the south side of the new Central Utilities Plant. One lane of Albany Street and the adjacent sidewalk has been reopened. Albany Street has been narrowed to one lane from Portland Street to the Albany Street Garage (N4). During this time, traffic through this area will be one-way from Albany Street to the intersection of Albany and Portland Streets. Traffic will remain two-way from the Albany Street Garage (N4) entrance to Main Street.

Construction hours are 7AM – 6PM Monday – Friday and 7AM - 3:30PM on Saturdays, with some additional weekend and evening work expected.

Building 42 alley/fire lane closure

On Wednesday, May 2, the alley/fire lane between Building 42 and the railroad tracks is scheduled to be closed to through traffic for the remainder of the CUP construction project. During this time, the lane will be impassable to vehicles and pedestrians. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the Vassar Street sidewalk. The pedestrian path across the railroad tracks connecting Albany and Vassar Streets will remain open during construction.

Albany Street closure - Tuesday, February 19

On Tuesday, February 19, traffic patterns are scheduled to shift near the MIT Central Utilities Plant project, weather permitting. Albany Street is scheduled to be inaccessible to vehicular traffic from the intersection of Portland and Albany Streets to the entrance of the Albany Street Garage while equipment is installed onsite. This closure is scheduled form 6AM-6PM.

This proposed closure will occur from the intersection of Albany and Portland Streets to the entrance of the MIT Albany Street Garage (Building N4). Traffic will remain two-way from Main Street to the entrance of the Albany Street Garage (Building N4). The pedestrian path, located between the Albany Street Garage and the CUP construction site, will remain open and accessible. The section of path from the rear of the Albany Garage to Vassar Street (across the railroad tracks) will remain open.

Visit the Powering MIT site to learn more about the project and to view updates.

For regular updates, subscribe to the weekly construction forecast emails.

Questions about this work may be directed to Frances Boyle.

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Building E23: Elevators

Work is underway to renew and modernize the passenger elevators in Building E23. The work will include installing new equipment and new cab finishes. Anticipated work hours are be 6AM to 2PM, Monday-Friday, with some noisy work scheduled for earlier morning hours.

The elevators will be modernized one at a time, allowing one to remain operational while the other is out of service. Car #1 is scheduled to be out of service through December. Once completed, Car #2 will be removed from service through April, 2019. Signage will be posted; occupants are encouraged to use the elevators in the lobby of Building E25.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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East Campus: Kendall Square Initiative

For the most up-to-date information about the Kendall Square Initiative, visit the courbanize project profile. Click the “Follow” button to sign up for an account and receive notifications about the project.

MIT is proposing to bring new vibrancy and diversity to Kendall Square - "the most innovative square mile on the planet." MIT is now poised to deliver a dynamic blend of uses in this area, including housing, lab and research space, retail, innovation space, open space, and a dedicated facility for the MIT Museum. Learn more about the Kendall Square Initiative.

Construction in Kendall Square kicked off in September 2016. Ultimately, this visionary project will deliver a dynamic blend of uses in the area, including graduate student, market rate, and affordable housing; lab and research space; innovation space; retail and open space; and a new facility for the MIT Museum. Following the approval by the City of Cambridge Planning Board in May, utilities and infrastructure work is now underway to prepare the area south of Main Street, between Carleton Street and Wadsworth Street, where new buildings will be sited. Construction hours are scheduled for 7AM – 6PM weekdays, and Saturday from 9AM – 6PM.

Questions about the construction phase of this work may be directed to Alison Crowley (MITIMCo).

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The anticipated initial phases of work include:

  • Phase 1 (fall 2016- fall 2017): Upgrade of existing and addition of new utilities along Amherst, Carleton, Hayward, and Wadsworth Streets; closure of Hayward Parking lot. Parking for MIT Medical will remain available.
  • Phase 2 (2017): Excavation for below-grade parking garage, to extend from Dock Street to Carleton Street
  • Phase 3 (2017): Full interior renovation of Buildings E38 and E39 (292 and 290 Main St); demolition of Buildings E33 and E34 on Carleton Street
  • Phase 4 (2018-2020): Ongoing garage and building construction for new graduate residence (Site 4)

During construction in the Hayward Lot, patient parking for MIT Medical will remain available. Reserved MIT Medical patient spaces currently in the Hayward lot will soon be relocated to a new lot being constructed next to Building E33.

  • MIT Medical will validate parking for patients. (Cars exiting the lot without validation may incur a $40 fine.)
  • Cars that are in the lot for more than two hours are subject to towing. If patients have appointments that exceed two hours, MIT Medical will contact the Parking Office on their behalf.
  • The location of the patient parking area may change as construction proceeds. We will inform the community before any changes occur.

MBTA Station Pedestrian Access

The pedestrian plaza connecting Carleton Street to the inbound Kendall Square MBTA Station on Main Street is closed fully for the duration of the project to allow construction of an underground garage in this area. Pedestrians will be guided to seek alternate paths to and from the station using Ames Street, Dock Street, or Wadsworth Street.

Access to the MBTA station and elevator will remain open and accessible on the Main Street side of the station throughout this work. Carleton Street will remain open to vehicular traffic from Amherst Street to the Medical Parking Lot.

See a map of the area.

Construction Updates – January 2019

  • Access to Wadsworth Street from Main Street is closed to all traffic. The Sloan and Eastgate lot entrance is closed at Wadsworth Street through this phase. Construction vehicles and equipment will continue to be set up and operate in this area and at the intersection with Wadsworth Street. The noisiest work will come from the intermittent use of vacuum trucks.
  • The walkway onto Wadsworth Street from Main Street has shifted to the West side of Wadsworth Street, and then crosses diagonally to the East side as the construction work zone is progressing North towards Main Street.
  • Testing and flushing of the new chilled water pipes is ongoing. One access trench is in front of E2, where a vacuum truck may be in use.
  • Installation of a new Eversource gas pipe will take place between E51 at the Wadsworth Street intersection and 100 Memorial.
  • Amherst Street will have a one-way traffic pattern going towards Ames Street.
  • The building’s concrete core and the garage’s auto ramp construction work is ongoing. Reinforcement steel, concrete operations and excavation will continue on site 3.
  • The pedestrian plaza connecting Carleton Street to the inbound Kendall Square MBTA Station on Main Street is closed fully for the duration of the project to allow construction of an underground garage in this area. Pedestrians will be guided to seek alternate paths to and from the station using Ames Street, Dock Street, or Wadsworth Street.

    Access to the MBTA station and elevator will remain open and accessible on the Main Street side of the station throughout this work.
  • Excavation work continues on the Kendall Garage behind 292 Main (E38), 290 Main (E39), and 238 Main (E48).
  • Site 4's concrete for the 15th floor south and 16th floor north is in progress and is supported from Carleton Street and Hayward Street. Mega panel installation will begin on Monday, January 7th, and the work will take place on 2nd shift from 6:00 PM to midnight.
  • E38 interior and exterior renovation activities will continue, and will be serviced from Gate 11 (Between T and E38).
  • E39 slab on deck installation has started and is being serviced from Carleton Street. Finishing of the concrete slab will require extended site hours on days of placements.
  • Site 5’s concrete core construction is complete to the 19th floor, and is being staged on Carleton Street and Charlottes Way. Daily deliveries of steel and concrete and removal of materials will take place from Amherst Street to Carleton Street or in and out through two Main Street gates. Steel installation continues up to the 4th floor.
  • Electrical equipment deliveries are scheduled for Sunday, January 27, and Sunday, February 3.
  • Police details will be utilized throughout the project area to assist with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  • Hayward Street will be closed from Main Street to Amherst Street to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic until further notice. Hayward Street will only be accessed by Turner Construction vehicles for the duration of the Kendall utilities and garage construction.
  • Large equipment will be removed and brought to site on and on-going basis. This activity may occur after hours but no disruptions are expected.
  • General construction activities will continue on Saturdays. Work will occur within the City of Cambridge allowable work hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

See the map for more details.

Questions about the construction phase of this work may be directed to Alison Crowley (MITIMCo).

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Building N52

Beginning Tuesday, November 27, and continuing through the end of February, façade repair work is scheduled for the Windsor Street side of Building N52. Crews will begin constructing scaffolding at the corner of Windsor and State Streets next week, weather permitting. Construction hours are weekdays from 7AM – 3PM, with occasional weekend work. During work hours, the area will be cordoned off, and pedestrians will be directed to use the sidewalk across Windsor Street. This construction will generate some intermittent noise during scaffolding erection.

This project will be completed in two phases. During the first phase, crews will be working on scaffolding and sealing the concrete, masonry and glass block to preventing leaking. This phase is anticipated to be completed by the end of December. The second phase is scheduled to be completed over a two-week period between January and February. Crews will be installing a panel system from scissor lifts.

Questions about this work may be directed to Kevin M Carr.

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Building W46 - Vassar Street Residence Hall

Subscribe to weekly construction activity forecasts for the Vassar Street Residence Hall.

Construction activities are ongoing as MIT proceeds with a new undergraduate residence hall on the site of the West Garage parking facility (W45). As part of its mission to enhance the student experience, the project will add 450 new beds and has a target completion date of Fall 2020.

Construction hours are 7AM – 6PM, Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.

The following changes to travel lanes on Vassar Street will be implemented in December 2017 and will remain in place throughout construction:

  • Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street. Construction vehicles will travel through the area.
  • Crosswalks will be installed at each corner of the site and pedestrians will be directed to the sidewalk on the south side of Vassar Street for the length of the site.
  • A shared bike lane will be created in the westbound lane of Vassar Street to be shared by bicycles and vehicles during construction. The eastbound bicycle and vehicle lanes will remain unchanged.

Construction activities

  • Enabling activities (October – December 2017): During this phase crews will prepare the site for construction. Activities include utility work, relocation of the Grounds Department to Albany Street, and final closure of the West Garage (which has been used on occasion for events during site prep.) In December fencing will be installed to establish the construction perimeter.
  • Demolition (January 2018–April 2018): During this phase the West Garage will be demolished. Cranes, excavators, and sawcutters will be used to disassemble the structure and materials will be hauled offsite.
  • Foundation work (April 2018–October 2018): The foundation of the new residence hall will consist of precast concrete driven piles. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this work.

Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Overnight truck traffic

Occasionally crews will be removing large equipment overnight from the Vassar Street Residence Hall construction site, weather permitting. This work is scheduled to occur from 4AM-6AM. Trucks are scheduled to enter and exit the site from Vassar Street using the western gate near Building W59. Noise from the trucks and loading activities is expected.

Vassar Street temporary narrowing

Street utility work is scheduled on Vassar Street adjacent to the new residence hall construction site. At times, traffic patterns are scheduled to shift. The travel lanes will be temporarily impeded, and east/west traffic will be intermittently stopped as the street is narrowed to one lane. A police detail will help direct vehicular traffic, cyclists and pedestrians in the area. Anticipated regular project work hours are 7AM-6PM, Monday-Friday. Some noise is expected throughout this process. This work is scheduled to continue through August.

Weekend work – February 9

Weekend work is scheduled at the Vassar Street Residence Hall site this Saturday, February 9. Anticipated work hours are 9AM-6PM. A reduced crew will be onsite placing formwork for upcoming concrete pours. There may be an increase in truck traffic and noise during these times.

Night work – February 11

On Monday, February 11, extended night work is scheduled at the Vassar Street Residence Hall site, weather permitting. Anticipated work hours for the day are 7AM-midnight. A reduced crew will be onsite after 6PM to finish concrete on the west end of the second floor slab. Some minor noise is expected during this operation. Concrete trucks will be onsite through the early evening.

Learn about the design of the residence hall

To learn more about the project, visit the Capital Projects site where you can link to news articles and view renderings of the site design.

Questions about this work may be directed to TJ Fanning.

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Main Parking Lot

Crews are excavating and replacing an existing fire protection main located in the Main Parking Lot between Buildings 3 & 5. Work hours are Satudays from 7AM to 3PM. Some noise and vibration is anticipated. Delivery access to the Pappalardo Laboratory and other spaces will be maintained throughout construction.

Trucks are scheduled to remove soil from the lot between 7AM and 9AM on Monday and Tuesday, February 11-12. This lot will remain closed during this project. Please be alert and use caution when walking in the area. This project is scheduled through early March.

Questions may be directed to Cori McKee.

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Vassar Street

Utility project

Work is underway to replace steam and condensate lines crossing Vassar Street near Buildings 32, 46 and 48. Anticipated work hours are Monday through Friday from 7AM-3:30PM. This project will involve heavy machinery and excavation, and some noise and vibration are expected. This work is scheduled to continue through the end of December, with intermittent road closures through December 13.

Traffic may be reduced to a single lane during construction hours. Two-way traffic will be maintained, though east/west traffic will be intermittently stopped. This activity should not impact the Building 32 parking garage. The bike lane and sidewalk will also be intermittently closed during construction. Signage will be placed to help direct pedestrians and cyclists. The ramp to Building 46 and the courtyard will remain accessible at all times. Access to all buildings and plazas will be maintained.

See the map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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West Campus Stormwater Improvement Project

In an effort to improve storm water management in the area due to current and future development, MIT is planning to install a new drainage structure from Talbot Street to the Charles River. Once installed, the structure will be owned and maintained by the City of Cambridge. While some work activities are underway this month, the substantive work is scheduled to begin in August of this year and continue through the Fall of 2019. Work hours are 7AM – 6PM Monday to Friday, with some occasional Saturday work scheduled between 9AM – 6PM.

Amherst Alley work

Crews are scheduled to work on short sections of underground pipe along Amherst Alley. Noise and dust are expected. The noisiest work will come from vacuum trucks and concrete chipping as trenching begins. This work is scheduled to start at the intersection of Amherst and Vassar Streets in October and move along Amherst Alley towards Next House, a section at a time.

Westgate Lot changes

Crews are mobilizing in the Westgate Parking Lot to relocate the entrance to the corner of Vassar Street and Amherst Alley. Several parking spots will be inaccessible during this transition. Pedestrian access will be maintained around the perimeter of the lot. Once the new entrance is established, the existing gate will be removed from service until the end of the project.

West Lot changes

The entrance to West Lot has been temporarily altered, and the parking lot divided in two. During this time, one lane of the existing entrance will be maintained for entrance and egress near the MIT Police Headquarters, Building W89. A temporary eastern entrance has been added in the loading dock circle of Simmons Hall, Building W79. Several parking spots will be inaccessible while construction vehicles work to install the connecting pipe from north of the lot through to Vassar Street. Pedestrian access will be maintained from the railroad crossing to Vassar Street.

See the map for an illustration of the entrances and traffic patterns in the lot.

Excavation activities in West Lot are scheduled to begin on Friday, January 11, with asphalt stripping. Some noise from an excavator, backhoe, and dump truck is anticipated. Trench boxes are scheduled to be installed which will open up the entire length of the West Lot trench at once. This activity is expected to extend for two weeks. Installation of the culvert is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 28.

Amherst Alley closure

Excavation activities along Amherst Alley are scheduled to begin Tuesday, January 29. During this time, the road will be closed to through traffic. The entrance to the Westgate parking lot will remain open and accessible at its current location, but vehicular access to the lot will only be available from Vassar Street to Amherst Alley. Loading docks for housing will remain accessible. Noise from the excavation and construction machinery is anticipated.

Pedestrians in the area will be rerouted around the work site, which extends from the entrance to the Westgate Lot to Memorial Drive; all are urged to use caution when traveling through the area. During this time, the shuttle stop for Westgate/Tang currently located on Amherst Alley will be relocated to Audrey Street in front of Building W84. The SafeRide shuttle pick-up location in front of Next House will be redirected to the corner of Amherst Alley and Fowler Street. Signage to direct pedestrians and traffic will be posted.

Memorial Drive

Sheet pile driving on the river side of Memorial Drive is underway, and is scheduled to continue through the end of February. Saturday work is scheduled for February 2 and 9, from 9AM-4PM. This work will be very noisy, and will involve a vibratory hammer to drive the sheets in place. The noise will be intermittent throughout the day, but very loud when sheets are being driven.

Westgate Lot entrance relocation

The entrance to the Westgate parking lot has been temporarily relocated to the corner of Amherst Alley near Vassar Street. During construction, vehicular access to the lot will only be available from Vassar Street to Amherst Alley. This gate location will be in place for the remainder of this project.

See a map of the project area.

Contact Alison Crowley for questions.

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Eversource work

Albany and Portland Streets lane closure from Main Street to Mass Ave

Eversource has closed the eastbound lane of traffic on Albany and Portland Streets from 7:30AM through 5PM daily. The section of Portland and Albany Streets, from Main Street to Mass Ave, will be undergoing excavation for water main work. The road will be plated and accessible during off hours. Work is scheduled to occur weekdays. Heavy noise and vibration are anticipated.

Those traveling eastbound on Portland and Albany Streets will be redirected along Mass Ave to Windsor Street. Police will be onsite to help direct pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic during this closure.

Contact John Leskow for questions.

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Mass Ave lane changes

To improve safety and reliability for users of the street, the City of Cambridge is implementing “quick build” changes to Massachusetts Avenue from Sidney Street to Memorial Drive with an emphasis on increasing the comfort and convenience of people walking, biking and riding buses. This project supports the City’s Vision Zero goal to reduce and eliminate serious injuries/fatalities from crashes, as well as City policies that promote the use of sustainable ways to travel in Cambridge.

Fall construction is complete. Spring dates will be posted as soon as they are known.

The following schedule of activities is subject to change due to weather conditions:

  • October 29-31: Overnight work is scheduled Monday through Wednesday. During this time, the pavement will be ground. High levels of noise are anticipated.
  • October 31-November 2: Daytime work is scheduled Wednesday through Friday, including installation of lane markers and signal work.
  • Week of November 5: Installation of flex posts and green cyclist pavement markings.
  • Spring 2019: Additional pavement markers will be completed.

Visit the City of Cambridge project site for more information.

Contact Patrick Baxter for questions.

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Memorial Drive Eastbound Right Lane Closure through March 31

Effective immediately, and continuing through Sunday, March 31, 2019, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will implement a right lane closure along Memorial Drive (eastbound) between Amesbury Street and Fowler Street in the City of Cambridge to accommodate a municipal outfall project. Traffic and pedestrian patterns will be clearly marked, and a police detail will be on site.

  • WHERE: Memorial Drive (eastbound) between Amesbury Street and Fowler Street in the City of Cambridge
  • WHEN: Effective immediately, and continuing through Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Leo Roy, the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr. Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us.

Contact Olivia Dorrance for questions.

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One Broadway

For updates on the construction at One Broadway, visit this page.

Contact CSL Consulting for questions.

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