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August 22, 2019



Building 1
Building 4
Building 6C
Building 7
Building 13
Building 14
Building 24
Building 26
Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant
Building 54
Building 56
Building E15
  Building E23
Building E55
East Campus, Kendall Square
Building W1
Building W20
Building W46 (Vassar St residence hall)
Walker Lawn
West Campus Stormwater Improvement
Ames Street and Memorial Drive
Eversource work
Mass Ave lane changes
One Broadway


Building 1

Ziggurat work

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, work is scheduled to renew the ziggurat of Building 1. This work includes providing a weatherproof moisture barrier and replacing the limestone and copper.

Typical construction hours are 6:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with some Saturday work expected. Demolition activities are targeted to begin mid-July. This project is anticipated to continue through the spring of 2020.

Demolition activities concluding and crane removal

Exterior demolition activities of the Building 1 ziggurat cladding are scheduled to conclude by July 31, weather permitting. After this time, the crane will be removed from the site. As a reminder, pedestrian routes will remain altered through the area between Killian Court and the Building 1 courtyard for the remainder of the project.

Roof scaffolding installation and construction

Beginning July 31, a roof structure is scheduled to be erected on Building 1 around the ziggurat structure. This activity will occur for approximately one week. Once completed, removal of the waterproofing membrane and concrete repair work to the ziggurat is scheduled to begin. Crews will be working on the roof and in the penthouse above Bechtel Classroom, Room 1-390, as they repair the ziggurat. Some intermittent heavy noise is anticipated. This work is expected to conclude by mid-September.

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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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.

Crews are scheduled to work Monday through 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 Jan Burke.

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Building 6C

Construction is scheduled to commence in the basement of Building 6C on Monday, June 10. Room 6C-006 will be renovated as the new location for the Edgerton Student Machine Shop and Project Manus maker space. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 5AM-3PM. Some noise and vibration is expected, with heavy noise concluding in the early morning.

During work hours, crews may be carrying materials through the basement hallways to and from the loading dock at Buildings 4 and 8. Access to the corridors will not be impacted at this time; a separate notification will be sent when work in the corridor has been scheduled. This project is scheduled through the end of August.

Questions may be directed to Abel Landaverde.

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Building 7

First floor renovation

Renovation is underway in an office suite located on the first floor of Building 7. Demolition activities are underway in rooms 7-133, 7-139, and 7-141. Anticipated work hours for this project are Monday through Friday, 6AM-2PM. Heavy noise is planned to conclude by 8:30AM, with some occasional light noise for the duration of the work day. Construction is scheduled through the end of August.

Questions may be directed to Karen Rennell.

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Building 13

Roof work

Repair and maintenance crews are scheduled to conduct roof repair work at Building 13 starting Wednesday, May 29, and proceeding through mid-July, weather permitting. Anticipated hours are 7AM to 3PM daily. This work involves replacing sections of the roof membrane and low level noise is expected.

Questions may be directed to Joe Vella.

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Building 14

On Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25, crews will be performing a temporary electrical shut-down for Building 14. During this time, the building is scheduled to be closed, and all areas, including the 24-hour reading room, will be inaccessible. Signage will be posted, and a police officer will be onsite.

Questions may be directed to Greg Walson.

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Building 24

Three classrooms located on the first floor of Building 24 are scheduled to be renovated. Beginning Monday, May 20, demolition activities are scheduled to take place in rooms 24-112, 24-115, and 24-121. Anticipated work hours for this project are Monday through Friday, 6AM-3PM. Heavy noise is planned to conclude by 9AM, with some occasional light noise for the duration of the work day. Construction is scheduled through the end of August.

Questions may be directed to Cherie Alexander.

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Building 26

In response to a successful pilot program, a permanent home for the BioMakerspace is being constructed in the basement of Building 26. This renovation will create a makerspace for the departments of Biological Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Along with upgrades to the entrance corridors and the adjacent restrooms, the new space will include open wet lab bench space and various biological laboratory equipment for use by the MIT community. This project is scheduled through early September.

On Wednesday, April 24, demolition of the existing space is scheduled to begin. Work hours are daily from 6AM-3PM. Noise is anticipated during construction, with high levels of noise and vibration concluding by 9AM daily. Throughout the duration of the project, the basement restrooms of Building 26 are scheduled to close for renovation. Occupants will be directed to the facilities located on the first floor of Building 26. The project will create ADA compliant restrooms with upgrades to the interior finishes, fixtures, and lighting.

On occasion, the basement corridor connecting Buildings 12 & 16 to Building 36 will be scheduled to close temporarily; a notification will be sent when the details of this closure are known. Signage will be posted directing occupants around the area.

Questions may be directed to William Mackie.

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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.

The project is scheduled to conclude in 2020.

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

Exterior façade installation is undereway on the south side of the new Central Utilities Plant. One lane of Albany Street and the adjacent sidewalk is open. 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.

Pedestrian path closure

The pedestrian path between the Albany Garage and the CUP construction site, which leads from Albany Street to the railroad tracks, is scheduled to close while underground piping installation is performed. This work is scheduled to begin Monday, July 22. The section of path from the rear of the Albany Garage to Vassar Street (across the railroad tracks) will remain open. Please use alternate paths through the Albany Garage (note – this includes stairs), or around the perimeter of the Albany Garage along the railroad tracks and between the garage and Building 46. Signs will be posted to direct pedestrians around the area. The pathway closure is scheduled through September.

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 54

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, work is underway to renew Buildings 54. This work includes replacing the roof system, and restoring the façade and building systems. Preparatory activities for this work are underway with various building testing. Construction hours are 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with some overnight work expected. During this construction, noise and vibration are expected.

See an overview of the project here.

Questions may be directed to Sarah MacDonald.

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Building 56

Sub-basement work on the HVAC system is underway in Building 56. Anticipated work hours are from 7AM-3PM. Some noise is expected. This project is scheduled through mid-October.

Fire alarm testing

Fire alarm testing is scheduled throughout Building 56 from Wednesday, August 21, through Friday, August 23. Anticipated work hours are 6AM-2PM. Intermittent noise from the alarms is anticipated throughout this process in Building 56, with an audible test scheduled for Friday between 6AM and 7:30AM. This audible fire alarm testing will generate significant noise in the area. An announcement will recur every 15 minutes to verify that this is a test throughout the duration.

Crews will be present in the corridors and accessing rooms with fire alarm devices. Due to the building connections, occasional alarm noises may occur in Building 16 as well.

Questions may be directed to Sarah MacDonald.

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Building E15

Starting the week of August 12, work is scheduled to remove and replace the old steam system along Ames Street into the Building E15 basement. This work will directly impact the plaza stairs in front of Building E15, the crosswalk across Ames Street, and parking spaces on the east side of Ames Street. Mobilization work, including the installation of fencing, is scheduled to begin Monday, August 12. Crews are scheduled to excavate the area to access the pipe and make repairs beginning the following week. Heavy levels of noise are anticipated in the area from machinery for the first few weeks. The work area will be fenced off.

A section of the sidewalk and the ramp to the plaza will remain open and accessible for pedestrians to access the entrances to Building E15 on the first floor and at the basement stairs along Ames Street. Pedestrians will be directed to bypass the construction area and use the western sidewalk of Ames Street. Most of the work for this project will be conducted between the hours of 7AM and 3PM daily.

Beginning Monday, August 12, parking along the east side of Ames Street is scheduled to be unavailable to accommodate this project and the city’s cycletrack project. Signage will be posted to direct pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, and a police officer will be on location. The target completion date for this work is mid-November with additional restoration work scheduled for the spring.

Questions may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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Building E23

Crews are scheduled to install the foundation for an art installation to be located on the plaza between the entrances to Buildings E23 and E25. Additionally, a power feed will be connected to the site from Building E23. This enabling work is scheduled from Monday, July 29, through Friday, August 2, weather permitting. Anticipated work hours are from 6AM to 5PM each day, with work inside Building E23 concluding before 9AM. Some noise is anticipated. The site will be fenced off during excavation activities.

Work trucks will be located on the pathway behind Building E15 during this time. The pathway between Buildings E15 and E23 will remain accessible to pedestrian traffic, though pedestrians are urged to use caution when traversing this area.

Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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Building E55

Beginning Monday, August 26, work is scheduled for an emergency repair under the E55 surface lot. Crews will excavate the area to access the steam line and make repairs. Anticipated work hours are 7AM- 3PM. Work is scheduled to continue until the issue is resolved.

Moderate levels of noise and impact to several parking spaces and the driveway are anticipated. Signage will be posted directing vehicles and pedestrians around the area. Please be aware and use caution when traversing the area.

Questions may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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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 Holly Sutherland.

Visit the courbanize project profile to review details about the planned activities and to subscribe to construction updates. Subscribe to notifications by clicking the “Login” button at the foot of the “Comment here” box to sign up for an account, and then “follow” the project.

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 – August 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.
  • Eversource gas and electric work continues. More Eversource gas and electric work needs to be incorporated the full build of Wadsworth Street from Memorial Drive onto Amherst Street. The timing and phasing is being reworked.
  • Amherst Street has a one-way traffic pattern going towards Ames Street.
  • 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.
  • At Kendall Garage, reinforcement steel, concrete operations, and excavation will continue with trucking in and out of Amherst, Hayward, Carleton, and Main Streets. Finishing of concrete underground will require extended hours on days of placements.
  • E38 interior and exterior renovation activities will continue and will be serviced from Gate 11 (Between the MBTA and E38).
  • Mega panel installation continues on 2nd shift, from 3PM to midnight.
  • Site 5’s steel installation continues. 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.
  • 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 Holly Sutherland.

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Building W1

Beginning Monday, August 12, and continuing through August 16, façade repair work is scheduled for the Amherst Street and Mass Ave sides of Building W1. Crews will use a boom lift to access and repair the façade, weather permitting. During this time, the lift will be located in the three Heads of House parking spots, which will be relocated to three spots on Amherst Street closer to Mass Ave. During work hours, the area will be cordoned off, and a police detail will direct pedestrians to use the sidewalk across Amherst Street.

Construction is scheduled to continue on the Memorial Drive section of Building W1 from August 19-23. Anticipated hours are 7AM – 4PM daily. This construction will generate some intermittent noise.

Questions may be directed to Alexander Campbell.

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Building W20

Renovations to Anna’s Taqueria in Building W20 are underway. The project will provide upgrades to the interior finishes and the kitchen. To accommodate this work, the two sections of the dining areas are anticipated to be closed for one month each; the kitchen will remain open during this work. In addition, the full restaurant is scheduled to close for four days in mid-July. Construction activities are planned for Monday through Friday, from 6AM – 4PM. Some noise is expected. Signage will be posted.

Anna’s Taqueria temporary closure

Anna’s Taqueria in Building W20 is scheduled to temporarily close for four days beginning July 25. Some noise is expected, and signage will be posted. All other restaurants and markets in Building W20 will remain open during this time. The restaurant is scheduled to reopen on Monday, July 29.

Questions may be directed to Doug Tuttle.

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Building W46 - New 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.

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.

Temporary changes to the railroad crossing path

Utilities work is underway along the pathway adjacent to Building W59 leading to the railroad crossing between west and northwest campus. Fencing has been installed to direct pedestrians and cyclists safely around the worksite. The new path will be narrower than the existing path, so users are urged to use caution and courtesy when traversing the route for the duration of construction.

Exterior utility work will continue through August. During this time, construction hours are scheduled from Monday through Friday between 7AM and 6PM.

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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Walker Lawn

Beginning Monday, August 26, crews are scheduled to install a temporary sculpture on Walker Lawn between Buildings 14 and 50. Anticipated work hours are weekdays between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM. Delivery and installation is scheduled for the week of August 26.

This work zone will be fenced off to protect pedestrians in the area. The work zone will obstruct the pedestrian pathway closest to Building 14. Trucks are scheduled to deliver materials from Ames Street along the pathway behind Building 50. Some noise is anticipated

Questions may be directed to Megan Kefalis.

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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 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.

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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Ames Street and Memorial Drive

Beginning Monday, July 8, crews are scheduled to mobilize on Memorial Drive at the median across from Ames Street. Initial activities will include setting up site fencing, installing tree protection, surveying existing conditions, and establishing the laydown and storage areas in the median. This project is scheduled through the end of November.

As part of mobilization activities, the existing U-turn on Memorial Drive at Ames Street will be closed off, and pedestrian detours will be put in place. Noise is anticipated throughout this project. Police will be onsite to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the area.

The scope of the project entails:

  • Redesign and reconstruct Ames Street to include an at-grade two-way cycle track from Main Street to Memorial Drive;
  • Update the Ames Street/Main Street traffic signal to accommodate the changes to Ames Street, and
  • Reconfigure the Ames Street/Memorial Drive intersection to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians crossing Memorial Drive.

Ames Street one-way

beginning the week of August 26, traffic patterns are scheduled to change on Ames Street between Amherst Street and Main Street. Ames Street is scheduled to be narrowed to one lane from 9AM-3PM. During this time, work on the cycletrack and steamline at Building E15 will be conducted. Traffic through this area will be one-way northbound from Amherst Street to the intersection of Main Street; Ames Street will be plated over and return to a two-way pattern between 3PM and 9AM. Traffic will remain two-way from Ames Street to Memorial Drive. Shuttles, department vehicles, and delivery trucks which require access to the impacted length of Ames Street will be allowed southbound access with the aid of the police detail stationed at the intersection of Ames and Main Streets.

Metered parking along the east side of Ames Street is unavailable to accommodate the steam project and the city’s cycletrack project. Resident permit parking will be maintained through early fall. Signage will be posted to direct pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, and a police officer will be on location. The target completion date for this work is mid-November with additional restoration work scheduled for the spring.

Contact Gary Amberik for questions.

Ames Street at Building E15

For updates on the construction at Ames Street at Building E15, click here.

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Eversource work

Mass Ave night work at Albany Street, June 9 – July 11

Eversource is scheduled to begin overnight gas main work at the intersection of Mass Ave and Albany Street on Sunday, June 9. Nightly working hours are 7PM-5AM. During this time, Eversource will be trenching the roadway and installing a gas main line. Noise and vibration are anticipated.

During working hours, traffic lanes will be altered on Albany Street and Mass Ave. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Mass Ave with a shared cycle lane. Those traveling eastbound on Albany Street may be redirected along Mass Ave to Windsor Street. Police will be onsite to help direct pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic during this closure. This work is scheduled through July 11.

Waverly Path manhole installation

Eversource Electric is scheduled to install manholes on Waverly Path (between Buildings NW35 and NW86) starting the week of April 8. This work includes the installation of underground electric conduit to expand the Eversource network. Eversource crews plan to work from 7 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday over the next few months, weather permitting. Waverly Path will be inaccessible intermittently during work hours. Pedestrians and cyclists will be directed around the area via Pacific and Albany Streets.

After the manhole work is complete, Eversource plans to commence trench work. During this phase, pedestrians and cyclists will be allowed access to the path, though one half of the path will be obstructed, and occasional full closures may briefly occur.

Vacuum trucks along with other trucks and equipment, such as backhoes and jackhammers, will be in operation and will occasionally create noise. Police details will be onsite to assist.

Contact Matt Viens 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.

The majority of the project has been implemented, with a couple outstanding items. We are refreshing the “Bus Lane Only” stencils this spring; with the red markings to be done at a later date. The new crosswalk at Mass Ave at Windsor Street will also be implemented this year. We are continuing to monitor signal operations at intersections, and working with state agencies to look at potential improvements at the Memorial Drive intersection.

Visit the City of Cambridge project site for a user survey and more information.

Contact Patrick Baxter 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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