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June 28, 2022



Building 3
Building 4
Building 6C
Building 32
Building 34
Building 36
Building 42
Building 45
Building 46
Building 48
Building 54
Building 55
Building E14
Building E53
Building E55
  East Campus, Kendall Square
East Campus, MTHW
Building W18: Music Building
Building W41
Building W51
Buildings W87 & W88:
West Campus Graduate Residence

Killian Court

Non-MIT work


Albany Street closure
City of Cambridge work
Eversource work


Building 3

Lab renovation

Renovation of a suite of first-floor lab space is underway for the creation of the Newman Lab in Building 3. Full construction activities are underway with crews working Monday through Friday, 6AM-3PM. Some weekend and evening work is expected. This renovation work will generate some noise from construction activities. This project is scheduled through June 2022.

Questions may be directed to Brian Donnellan.

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Building 4

A renovation project is underway on the fourth floor of Building 4 to create space for the Physics of Living Systems. Construction activities are scheduled to proceed through December, with crews working Monday-Friday, 6AM–2PM. This renovation work will generate some noise from demolition activities. Any activities generating loud noise are scheduled to conclude by 9AM.

While this work is underway, crews will 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 Bill Mackie.

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Building 6C

Fourth-floor lab
Construction of a new lab on the 4th floor of Building 6 is underway. Work hours are weekdays from 6AM-2PM, with occasional night and weekend hours. Noise and dust are anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 9AM daily.

Occasionally during construction, crews will complete work outside of the space, including areas in the basement, on the third floor, and on the roof. This project is anticipated to last through July.

Questions may be directed to Brigid McCauley.

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Building 32

Work is underway to repair the masonry façade of the Star element of Building 32. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 7AM-6PM, with some weekend and evening work expected. Some minor noise is anticipated. The work areas will be cordoned off. Access to the building will be maintained.

See an overview of the project from the info session here.

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Building 34

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, crews are scheduled to repair the northern curtain wall façade of Building 34 facing Vassar Street. This work includes repairing wood mullions, interior structure and railing installation on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors, and installation of exterior aluminum cladding.

Anticipated work hours are 7AM – 3PM. Moderate levels of intermittent noise are expected throughout the project. Access to the front entrance from the ramp and a protected pathway will be maintained; the front steps and courtyard will remain inaccessible throughout construction. Interior work is scheduled for after commencement to minimize disruption. During this activity, noise and vibration are expected. Construction activities are targeted to continue through the end of July.

Questions may be directed to Alexander Campbell.

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Building 36

Façade cleaning work is underway for Building 36. Swing staging will be in place to perform localized cleaning of portions of the façade. Anticipated hours are weekdays from 7AM-3PM. Noise associated with this work is minimal. Pedestrian traffic will be routed around the activity if necessary.

Questions may be directed to Emma Corbalán.

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Building 42

Construction of the medium temperature hot water (MTHW) structure addition to Building 42 is underway. Anticipated construction hours are 7AM – 3PM, Monday through Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street. Cranes, lifts, and saw cutting equipment will be used to perform the demolition operations and materials will be hauled offsite. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this work, but will not be extensive.

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Building 45

Construction activities are underway as MIT proceeds with the College of Computing on the site of Building 44. As part of its mission to enhance the student experience, the project will establish a home for the new College of Computing.

Below you’ll find an overview and high-level schedule for the major phases of construction. Anticipated construction hours are 7AM – 3PM, Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Construction activities

Construction of the College of Computing building is underway. Cranes, construction vehicles, and large trucks will be used to assemble the structure and deliver materials. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this phase. More information about schedules and dates will be shared as the project progresses. This project is scheduled through the fall of 2023.

  • Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street, though east/west traffic may be intermittently stopped. Construction vehicles will travel through the area.
  • The railroad crossing from the Albany Street garage (N4) will be initially maintained, though a brief closure will be scheduled as construction proceeds.
  • The project team will coordinate with other projects along Vassar Street to maintain access around the site.

Railroad crossing path closure through summer 2022
The railroad crossing pedestrian path behind the Albany Garage, which leads from Albany Street to Vassar Street, has temporarily closed to accommodate construction. This closure is anticipated to continue through the summer of 2022, weather permitting.

This work will impede pedestrian and cyclist traffic. Please use alternate paths along Albany Street to Main Street, around Building 46, to Vassar Street. Signage has been posted on both sides of the track to redirect pedestrians and cyclists to alternate routes. Noise and vibration are anticipated during this work.

See the latest two-week look ahead.

Questions may be directed to Travis Wanat.

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Building 46

Energy conservation measures are scheduled to be implemented as part of a full building energy efficiency project in Building 46. The construction phase of the project is underway and will proceed through mid-2023. This work is scheduled to take place daily from 6AM to 3PM.

During this process, crews will access each space to perform the necessary upgrades, potentially including adjusting airflow, installing additional occupancy sensors, relocating or installing diffusers, and upgrading fume hoods. The team is working closely with the departments and room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed. This work will impact every room within these buildings.

See an overview of the project from the recent townhall here.

Questions may be directed to Jessica Parks.

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Building 48

Interior renovation work is underway on floors 2 through 4 and in the stairwells of Building 48. Anticipated work hours for this project are Monday through Friday, 6AM-2PM. Heavy noise is planned to conclude by 9AM, with some occasional light noise for the duration of the work day. Signage will be posted directing occupants around the work. See the attached plans for details. Construction is scheduled through the end of October.

Questions may be directed to Biss Teelucksingh.

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Building 54

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, work is underway to renew Building 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.

Construction is underway throughout Building 54. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems are being demolished from the top floors down, and the bathrooms are undergoing demolition from the second floor up. All restrooms have been closed for the duration of the project.

Anticipated work hours are from 7AM to 3:30PM daily. The construction vehicles and crane will be entering and exiting the site through the courtyard via Ames Street through the driveway behind Building 50. A police detail will be onsite to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

See an overview of the project from the 2019 townhall here.

View the latest townhall presentation here.

See the latest two-week look ahead.

Questions may be directed to Megan Kefalis.

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Building 55

In March, construction activities began as MIT proceeds with a new pavilion addition to Building 54. This addition, Building 55, will provide new meeting places, classrooms, and study areas, and will create a high-profile space to showcase climate and environmental research at MIT. The project brings the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program, and the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) all under one roof, affording greater opportunities for interaction and the cross-pollination of ideas.

Site preparation activities are currently underway. Below you’ll find an overview and high-level schedule for the major phases of construction. Construction hours are 7 AM – 6 PM, Monday through Friday, with some weekend and evening work expected. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Project phases (note these dates are estimates and are subject to change)

  • Project mobilization in March included extending fencing along the site perimeter and utility work. Foundation excavation activities are underway. Traffic will increase in the area during this time.
  • April – May Foundations: Beginning April 1, sheet piles will be driven into place on the site. This is noisy work. Pile driving activities will be delayed to a 9:00 AM start time to mitigate the impact on residents abutting the site. The team is working with Housing and Residential Life Services to arrange additional mitigation strategies.
  • May 2022 – August 2024 Construction and exteriors: Steel structure will be erected along with envelope, interiors, utilities, and landscape.

Questions may be directed to Megan Kefalis.

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Building E14

A project to replace pavers at the entrances to Building E14 is scheduled to occur this summer. This work will be completed in two phases to allow one entryway to remain accessible at all times. Anticipated hours are weekdays from 7AM-3PM, weather permitting. Some noise is anticipated during this work. This project is scheduled through the end of August.

Beginning Tuesday, July 5, Phase 1 of paver replacement work is scheduled to begin at the east entryway to Building E14. During this time, the area will be fenced off, and pedestrians will be directed to the west entrance at the corner of Ames and Amherst Streets to enter the building. Once completed at the end of July, the eastern work area will reopen, and the west entrance to Building E14 will be fenced in to complete Phase 2. Pedestrians will be directed to the east entrance near the plaza to access Building E14 during Phase 2.

Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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Building E53

As the Medium Temperature Hot Water (MTHW) project progresses through East Campus, Building E53 is scheduled to undergo HVAC system work. The existing steam heating system will be replaced with one that uses MTHW.

Beginning Tuesday, May 31, the HVAC system will be shut down until June 29. Note the Dewey Library will be closed to the community and offer services remotely or at other locations.

Questions may be directed to Seth Kinderman.

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Building E55 surface lot

In an effort to improve utilities in the area for current and future development, MIT has closed the Hermann Garage, surface lot, and a portion of the Main Street walkway to the north of Building E55 for construction. Excavation activities are underway and a vacuum truck will be utilized; noise is expected. Work hours are 7AM – 6PM Monday to Friday, with potential for additional weekend hours.

During this work, pedestrian and vehicular access across the surface lot will be prohibited. Pedestrians will be rerouted along Main Street and in front of Building E62 to access the headhouse for the Sloan Garage. Vehicular access to the Sloan Garage will be maintained through the E62 driveway, though the location of the path will be shifted throughout the project.

Police will be onsite to direct vehicular, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic. Signage will be posted. Please be aware and use caution when traversing the area.

Questions may be directed to Holly Sutherland.

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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. 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.

Patient parking for MIT Medical will remain available.

  • 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.

MBTA Kendall Station work

The MBTA has commenced work at the Kendall Square inbound train station. Access to the station is scheduled to be maintained throughout construction. Signage will be posted directing users to alternate entrances. The renovation and modernization of the Kendall Square inbound MBTA station is scheduled through 2022.

General Construction Updates

  • Police details will be utilized throughout the project area to assist with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  • 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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East Campus, Medium Temperature Hot Water

A project to install Medium Temperature Hot Water to the East Campus is underway. Updates about the project as it progresses through the area can be found below.

Questions may be directed to Seth Kinderman.

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Building W18: Music Building

Construction activities are underway as MIT proceeds with a new Music Building on and around the site of the Kresge parking lot (behind Building W16). As part of MIT’s mission to enhance the student experience, the project will provide highly advanced performance, rehearsal, and music teaching spaces as well as music technology resources such as a makerspace, research lab, and production labs.

Foundation activities are currently underway, with pile driving activities scheduled for September and October. Below you’ll find an overview and high-level schedule for the major phases of construction. Construction hours are 7 AM – 6 PM, Monday through Friday, with some weekend and evening work expected. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Kresge Parking Lot closure
Kresge Parking Lot has closed. Visit the Parking & Transportation site to view alternate lot locations. View additional parking information for DAPER visitors.

Excavation and foundation work (Fall 2021)
Foundation work is underway. During this phase, the Kresge parking lot and the surrounding area will undergo demolition, and excavation for the new music building’s underground garage will begin. The foundation of the music building will include driven sheet piles. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this work. Trucks will deliver materials and remove debris from the site along Amherst Alley and through the alleyway between Johnson Athletic Center and Steinbrenner Stadium.

Learn about the new Music Building
To learn more about the project, visit the Capital Projects site.

See the latest two-week look ahead.

Contact
Questions about this work may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

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Building W41

In June, construction activities are scheduled to begin as MIT proceeds with the redevelopment of the Metropolitan (Met) Warehouse, Building W41. The adaptive reuse of the Met Warehouse will provide a new home for the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), including classrooms, design studios, research spaces, faculty offices, and areas for meetings and collaborative activities. Additionally, the space will house the new MIT Morningside Academy for Design and create a location for the largest community-wide makerspace on campus managed by Project Manus. The anticipated target completion date for this project is summer 2025.

Site preparation is scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 1, with mobilization and fence installation activities at the site. Below you’ll find an overview and high-level schedule for the major phases of construction. Standard hours are 7 AM – 6 PM, Monday-Friday, with some weekend and evening work expected. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Project mobilization and demolition (June 2022)
Beginning Wednesday, June 1, crews are scheduled to be onsite to begin construction activities at the Met Warehouse. On Friday, June 3, crews are scheduled to install a fence to establish the perimeter of the construction site. Demolition will continue through May of 2023, and will include activity on all sides of the existing structure. Noise, vibration, and increased truck traffic are anticipated throughout this phase.

During this time, the sidewalk and cycle track adjacent to the building along Vassar Street will close to pedestrians and cyclists for the duration of the project. The westbound cycle track will be detoured to create a shared lane on Vassar Street (the eastbound lane will be unaffected). Pedestrians will be directed to the south side of Vassar Street via existing crossings at the New Vassar Residence Hall and at Mass Ave. The sidewalk adjacent to Mass Ave will remain accessible.

Utilities and foundation work (summer and fall 2022)
Utilities work is scheduled to proceed during the summer, followed by foundation work for the renovated space in the fall. The additional foundation structure will consist of drilled piles within the existing building shell.

Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this work. Trucks will deliver materials and remove debris from the site from locations along Vassar Street, the railroad tracks, and the loading dock area next to Building W46. The sidewalk adjacent to Mass Ave is scheduled to close for a three-week duration in the fall.

Learn about the Metropolitan Warehouse
To learn more, visit the Capital Projects site.

Contact
Questions about this project may be directed to metwh-reno-info@mit.edu.

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Building W51

Work is underway to renovate Burton Conner, Building W51. Work hours are from 7AM-5PM weekdays, with occasional weekend and evening work anticipated. Burton Conner is expected to reopen for occupancy in August 2022.

Traffic will increase in the area as construction vehicles will be entering and exiting the site from Amherst Alley, Fowler Street, and Memorial Drive throughout the day. Pedestrians will be redirected around the site and MIT police will be present to direct traffic.

Burton Conner’s renovation will consist of some interior demolition. High levels of noise and vibration are anticipated throughout this process. The result will include ADA compliant upgrades, new windows, a new roof, façade repairs, and new mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, as well as a refresh of interior finishes throughout. The building will remain unoccupied throughout construction.

Amherst Alley temporary closures – June 18

Amherst Alley temporary closure – June 18 In continuation of the renovation work underway at Burton Conner, Building W51, Amherst Alley is scheduled to be closed between Endicott and Fowler Streets on Saturday, June 18, weather permitting. Vehicular traffic will be diverted in the area down Endicott Street to Memorial Drive, with the ability to return to Amherst Alley on Fowler Street. This portion of the alley will be closed from 7AM-3PM and reopened to traffic in the evening.

Police will be onsite throughout these activities, and Amherst Alley will remain open to pedestrians. Signage to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be posted.

Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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Buildings W87 & W88: West Campus Graduate Residence

In January 2022, construction activities are scheduled to begin as MIT proceeds with the creation of a new graduate residence in West Campus at the site of the West Lot and the Police Station (Building W89).  
 
A Graduate Residence on West Campus
As part of MIT’s mission to advance its commitment to expanding graduate housing, the West Campus Graduate Residence on Vassar Street will add approximately 675 new beds to MIT’s housing stock and will enrich connections with the surrounding neighborhood. Construction is expected to proceed through the end of the summer of 2024.

Construction is underway
Normal construction hours are 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.  

Project phases (note these dates are estimates and are subject to change)

  • January – April 2022 Site enabling and Demolition: In preparation for demolition and foundation activities, the West Lot is scheduled to close permanently on Saturday, January 15. An email has been sent to all Riverside area parking account holders advising that all vehicles in the West Lot must be moved to another lot by 7:00 PM on Friday, January 14. Parkers may relocate their vehicles to the Westgate Lot across Vassar Street or to any lot within the Riverside area.  
  • As part of the project, the MIT Police office, currently in Building W89, has been relocated to newly renovated space in W91.
  • March – September 2022 Foundations: Piles will be spliced and driven into place on the site. This is noisy work. The team is working with Housing and Residential Life Services to arrange mitigation strategies. This activity will include Saturday work throughout the summer.
  • August 2022 – August 2024 Construction and exteriors: Steel structure will be erected along with envelope, interiors, utilities, and landscape. Updates will be sent as the project progresses.  

Safety measures throughout construction will include:

  • Parallel street parking along certain portions of Vassar Street will be blocked off.
  • The westbound cycle track will be detoured to create a shared lane on Vassar Street (the eastbound lane will be unaffected).
  • The two Vassar Street crosswalks and the sidewalk in front of the site will be closed, and pedestrians will be directed to the south side of Vassar Street via existing crossings at Simmons Hall and at Amesbury Street.
  • The MBTA track pedestrian crossing at Fort Washington Park will be closed to the public during construction, and all circulation will be detoured to the Pacific Street Crossing between Buildings W46 and W59.
  • The Cambridge Public School bus stop currently located in front of W89 will be relocated. Details will be sent when the location is finalized.

Closure of the railroad crossing
The pedestrian railroad crossing at Fort Washington Park is closed to the public for the duration of construction, and all circulation will be detoured to the Pacific Street Crossing between Buildings W46 and W59.

Foundation pile driving
Full installation of the foundation piles is underway. The foundation of the new residence hall will consist of steel H-piles driven down to bedrock.

The traffic pattern in front of the site along Vassar Street has been altered to allow for westbound cyclists to join traffic, and pedestrians have been rerouted to the southern sidewalk of Vassar Street. Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout construction. Noise and vibration are anticipated during construction hours. Saturday work is scheduled throughout the summer. Pile driving activities are scheduled to run from March 2022 to September 2022.

See the latest two-week look ahead.

Questions may be directed to west-campus-grad-info@mit.edu.

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Killian Court

In an effort to improve accessibility across campus, pathway reconstruction is scheduled to occur in Killian Court. On Tuesday, June 21, crews are scheduled to begin constructing the fence around the central pathway across Killian Court between Buildings 3 & 4. During this project, the pathway will be widened, the steps will be removed, and the grading will be adjusted to accommodate an accessible sloped walkway.

Demolition of the pathway is scheduled to begin the week of June 27. Anticipated hours are weekdays from 7AM – 3PM. The construction area will be enclosed. During work hours, construction vehicles may enter and exit the site through Killian Court via Memorial Drive. Pedestrians will be directed around the area via the pathways adjacent to Buildings 3 & 4 for the duration of the project. This construction will generate some noise from demolition and machinery. This work is scheduled through the end of July.

Questions may be directed to Rick Wells.

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Non-MIT work

Albany Street closure

Traffic patterns have shifted at the site of the new Ragon Institute project. Albany Street is inaccessible to vehicular traffic from the intersection of Portland and Albany Streets to the entrance of the Albany Street Garage. This closure is scheduled continuously through the end of construction in 2023.

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 sidewalks along the site on Portland Street and Main Street will be removed during this time. The pedestrian path, located between the Albany Street Garage and the CUP construction site, will not be affected by this project. Signs will be posted to direct pedestrians around the area.

See the map for more information.

Questions about this work may be directed to Steve Allen.

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City of Cambridge work

To improve safety and reliability for users of the street, the City of Cambridge is implementing changes to Massachusetts Avenue from Sidney Street to Memorial Drive. Street striping activities are scheduled to begin May 22. All work is overnight and weather dependent. Installation will include lane marking and changes to traffic patterns. As the traffic patterns of Mass Ave are altered during construction, signage will be posted along the route.

The new sections of dedicated bus lane and separated bike lanes will make use of the existing space on the street and will require the City to:

  • Relocate a food truck at 77 Mass Ave
  • Reorganize accessible parking and loading zones in front of 77 Mass Ave
  • After May 31: Ban the left turn on Central Square-bound Mass Ave to southbound Vassar St
  • Remove 4 metered parking spots between Windsor and Vassar Streets in front of 181 Mass Ave

Questions about this work may be directed to Andrew Reker.

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Eversource work

Eversource is performing exploratory work throughout campus. Locations of work include areas on Ames Street, Memorial Drive, Broadway, Hampshire Street, Third Street, and Vassar Street. During this activity, a truck will set up at various locations along the street or the adjacent sidewalk to perform drilling work. Intermittent heavy noise is expected. Scheduled hours of work are Monday through Friday from 7AM-4PM, with some Saturday and evening work anticipated.

Traffic may be reduced to a single lane; two-way traffic will be maintained, though traffic may be intermittently stopped. The sidewalk may be impassable at the work location, and pedestrians may be directed to use the opposite sidewalk. Police will be onsite to help direct pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic during this work.

For questions, please contact Eversource representatives Charles Eck or Peter Tuttle.

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