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Phase 1 of the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project is underway. There is no vehicular traffic from Boston to Cambridge. Cambridge bound vehicular traffic is being detoured onto Storrow Drive. Bicycle, Red Line, and pedestrian traffic will be allowed over the bridge in both directions. The project is estimated to be completed in September 2016.
Please visit the project website for further information.
Below are the ongoing construction activities. This work may create some noise.
Department of Chemistry - North Wing and Classrooms
- Miscellaneous punch list work on the Building 2 roof
The North Wing was reopened, but the following activities will continue:
- Miscellaneous punch list work throughout all areas of the North Wing
- Possible miscellaneous shutdowns of building systems and fire alarm testing if needed due to possible warranty issues
Department of Math - East and South Wings
IMPORTANT NOTE: The East and South Wings of Building 2 are closed due to construction activates except to specific lab groups within those wings.
- Cutting of masonry joints at South Wing and West Ziggurat
- Masonry repairs at both east and west wall at the East Wing; Possible noise disruption to Building 14 occupants
- Reconstruction of brick parapets at east wing – east side adjoining Building 14
- Demolition of roof topping slab at the South Wing – weather dependent – Possible crane to remove materials
- There will be deliveries throughout the day at the east construction road (between Buildings 2 and 14) and the Killian Court entry road
- Miscellaneous make-safe and demo of MEP at all floors
- Demo of concrete and clay block walls at first floor, resulting in filling of dumpsters; Possible noise and trucking disruption to Building 2 occupants and Building 14 occupants
- Demo of interior walls and structural beams within the West Ziggurat area
- Masonry repairs at window openings on the second floor in preparation for installation of new steel windows
Installation of duct work in several men’s restrooms in Building 3 will take place in two phases. On Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, the men’s restroom on the fourth floor will be closed. The men’s restrooms on the other floors will remain open. From Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 28, a contractor will be working in the men’s restrooms on the first, third and fourth floors. The restrooms will be shut down one to two floors at a time, leaving the restrooms on the other floors available for use.
Construction activities include updating the exhaust in the Building 3 men’s restrooms and the installation of new FCU on the roof. This will require the contractor to cut access panels on each floor’s restroom wall for new duct work. Following the installation, the contractor will patch and paint the areas. There may be some occasional loud noise from cutting access panels and installing ductwork. Construction hours are from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
A contractor will be working inside the area where Buildings 8 and 16 meet. While the construction activities are underway, it will be necessary to close access between the second floor of Building 8 and the third floor of Building 16. This includes the short stairway that connects the buildings and the small elevator at the intersection of the buildings. This work will not affect the two passenger elevators in Building 16. Access to the other floors of the buildings will remain available. Anyone needing access may take the passenger elevators in Building 16 from the first floor to the third floor. In addition, the other stairways in the buildings will remain open.
The construction activities are scheduled to begin on Monday, March 10 and be completed on Friday, March 14. The work hours are from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
Construction activities are currently underway and will continue through the end of March. Activities are: excavation outside Buildings 12, 16, and 26; the basement mechanical room of Building 26; and welding in the Building 16 second and third floor stairways. The excavation is for the installation of enabling valves and piping in preparation for the proposed new MIT.nano building.
Work hours for the construction are from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This excavation is not expected to disrupt the flow of pedestrian or bicycle traffic, but the trucks and backhoes may generate some noise. The interior welding work should not affect building occupants.
All three elevators in Building 68 are scheduled to be worked on during the next 12 months. The two elevators closest to Building 66 will be worked on, one at a time. Elevator number three, closest to Building 76, will be offline until late March 2014. Work will then begin on elevator number one, closest to Building 66, which will be offline from late March to late June 2014. Work will end with Elevator number two, nearest building 66, which will be offline from late June to early October 2014.
Construction activities for the next two weeks
Week of 3/03
Continue basement interior demolition work. Continue Live loading of demolition debris on Wadsworth Street. Noise impact anticipated from truck back-up alarms and debris hitting truck bed. Continue installation of temporary Fire Alarm wires. Continue structural demo and removal of existing roof slab. Crane/equipment will be located in loading dock area near E52 while maintaining access to E62 docks. Begin installation of piles in basement of E52. Continue to install top track for interior walls in levels 4 and 5. Continue demo and removal of concrete area way slabs around perimeter of E52. Continue to install duct work, plumbing, sprinkler lines, and electrical above ceilings.
Week of 3/10
Complete basement interior demolition work. Continue Live loading of demolition debris on Wadsworth Street. Noise impact anticipated from truck back-up alarms and debris hitting truck bed. Complete installation of temporary Fire Alarm wires. Continue structural demo and removal of existing roof slab. Crane/equipment will be located in loading dock area near E52 while maintaining access to E62 docks. Continue installation of piles in basement of E52. Complete installation of top track for interior walls in levels 2 and 3. Complete demo and removal of concrete area way slabs around perimeter of E52. Begin excavation of soil in area ways. Continue to install duct work, plumbing, sprinkler lines, and electrical above ceilings.
Roof work on Building NW16 continues. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of March, weather permitting. These activities should not generate excessive noise.
Repair to a steam line that runs under the N10 Annex Lot is underway. This work will require the excavation of two test pits near the southeast exit of Albany Garage. The excavator will be stationed near the west end of the community garden. As a result the walkway on the south side of the garage, adjacent to the community gardens, will be closed during work hours. Detour signs will be posted. The exit from the garage and walkway at the railroad crossing will be available. The hours of construction are from 7 AM to 3:30 PM. The walkway along the community gardens will be accessible from 3:30 PM to 7 AM. This work is expected to be completed in the Spring.
Tree pruning continues on campus. Grounds Services gardeners are pruning on the east side of campus. They will continue pruning through March 15.
Steel modifications from lifts on Mass Ave and Albany Street are underway. This construction will take place between the hours of 8:00 PM and 4:00 AM Monday through Friday. Minor traffic detours will be put in place, but pedestrians will not be rerouted.
The historic preservation of 250 Mass Ave will require additional scaffolding to be installed on Mass Ave. A boom lift will also be used over the next week to support this work. Pedestrian will be detoured across Mass Ave when necessary.
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