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December 06, 2022



Building 1
Building 4
Building 7A
Building 16
Building 32
Building 35
Building 42
Building 45
Building 46
Building 54
Building 55
Building 56
Building E23
Building E25
Building E55
East Campus, Kendall Square
East Campus, MTHW

 

  Building N51
Building W7
Building W18: Music Building
Building W41
Building W51
Buildings W87 & W88:
West Campus Graduate Residence

Amherst Alley
Hockfield Court

Non-MIT work


Albany Street closure
Eversource work


Building 1

A lab renovation project in the basement of Building 1 is scheduled through the end of December. Demolition of the existing space in suites 1-078 and 1-080 is underway. Work hours are daily from 6AM-3PM, with some additional early morning and night hours anticipated. Noise is anticipated during construction, with high levels of noise and vibration concluding by 8:30 AM daily.

Questions may be directed to Julie Azzinaro.

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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, with occasional weekend work. Additonal work may occur outside the space on the third floor and in the courtyard. 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.

Institute holiday

During the Institute holiday on Friday, November 25, construction is scheduled to continue on the fourth floor of Building 4. Anticipated work hours are 6AM-3PM. Minimal noise is expected. During work hours, crews may be carrying materials through the fourth floor of Buildings 10 & 3, to the Building 3 loading dock via the Building 3 freight elevator. Access to the corridors will not be impacted at this time.

Questions may be directed to Bill Mackie.

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Building 7A

In order to replace an air handling unit on the roof of Building 7A, a crane is scheduled to be onsite Saturday, December 3, weather permitting. The crane will be located between Buildings 7A and 11. Anticipated hours are 6AM through 4PM. Some noise from the crane and roof work is expected.

During work hours, access to the Building 7A courtyard will be restricted, and the Buildings 3 & 13 loading docks and Main Lot between Buildings 3 & 5 will be inaccessible. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The President’s Courtyard between Buildings 10, 11, and 13 will be inaccessible except as emergency egress.

The crane and construction vehicles will be entering and exiting the site through the Vassar Street entrance at the Building 39 underpass and will travel through North Corridor. A police detail will be onsite to direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic for the duration of crane activities. See the attached map for the location.

Questions may be directed to Bill Mackie.

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Buildings 16 & 56

Several spaces located on the eighth floor of Buildings 16 & 56 are currently being renovated to create a new lab. Work hours are weekdays from 7AM-3PM, with occasional night and weekend hours. Noise and dust are anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration sometimes beginning after noon. Occasionally during construction, crews will complete work outside of the space, including areas on the seventh floor and on the roof. This project is anticipated to last through March 2023.

Institute holiday

Crews are scheduled to work in Buildings 16 & 56 during the Institute holiday on Friday, November 25. Crews will be working in and around the 7th and 8th floor during this time. Anticipated work hours are from 6AM-3PM. Minimal noise is anticipated.

Questions may be directed to Julie Azzinaro.

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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 35

In order to create a new lab, Room 35-333 has been redesigned. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 6AM-3PM. Some noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 8:30AM daily. This project is scheduled through the end of January.

Occasionally the corridor may be narrowed as crews complete work outside the room; the work area will be cordoned off and the corridor will remain accessible. While construction is underway, crews are scheduled to transport materials through the Building 35 freight elevator. Access to the stairwells will not be impacted. No hallway closures within Building 35 are anticipated.

Questions may be directed to Cherie Alexander.

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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 project team will coordinate with other projects along Vassar Street to maintain access around the site.

Railroad crossing path closure
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 end 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 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. During this construction, noise and vibration are expected.

The area under Building 54 and to the north and south has been fenced off to define the construction area. During this time, access to the lobbies of Building 54 will be relocated to the southern side of the building through temporary passageways. This relocation is scheduled through the end of the project’s anticipated completion in August of 2023.

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 and egress plan.

Questions may be directed to Megan Kefalis.

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Building 55

Construction activities are currently underway as MIT proceeds with a new pavilion addition to Building 54, Building 55. Below you’ll find an overview and high-level schedule for the major phases of construction. Construction hours are 7AM–6PM, 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.

Entrance and exit relocation
The area under Building 54 and to the north and south has been fenced off to define the construction area. During this time, access to the lobbies of Building 54 will be relocated to the southern side of the building through temporary passageways. This relocation is scheduled through the end of the project’s anticipated completion in August of 2023.

Project overview
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.

Contacts
Questions may be directed to Megan Kefalis.

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Buildings E23 & E25 facade work

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, crews are scheduled to renew the façades of Buildings E23 & E25. This work includes repairing, replacing, restoring, and repointing the brick and surfaces of the façades. Construction activities are targeted to continue through the summer of 2023, with a break during the winter months. Anticipated construction hours are 7AM – 3PM. During this construction, noise and vibration are expected from façade cutting and chipping work.

Construction is planned to be completed in two phases. The project team is working closely with the occupants impacted by this work and has been meeting with key contacts in each area to review the proposed schedule and share the scope of work associated with the project.

Building E23 laydown area
Please note that during construction, materials for the project will be transported via Amherst Street to the laydown area on the corner of Carleton and Amherst Streets. The Bluebikes rack in this area will remain open and accessible, and access to the buildings and the surrounding area will be maintained.

Questions may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.

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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 N51

Demolition work is underway in the basement, first floor, and courtyard of Building N51 for the relocation of the Hobby Shop. Construction hours are weekdays from 5:30 AM – 3:30 PM; any disruptive exterior work will commence after 7 AM. This construction will generate some noise from jack hammers, trucks, and hand tools.

Materials will be delivered from the Building N52 loading dock. Crane work is scheduled to occur as the project progresses, and a notification detailing the location and impact will be sent when this work is scheduled. This project is scheduled through the end of January.

Questions may be directed to Alan Molin.

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Building W7

On Tuesday, November 22, a crane is scheduled to be located on the sidewalk and lawn adjacent to Buildings W5 and W7 along Amherst Alley. During this time, crews will access the roof of Building W7, Baker Hall, to perform chiller replacement work, weather permitting. Anticipated work hours are from 7AM-3PM.

Amherst Alley will be narrowed, and vehicular access will be maintained. Pedestrians will be directed to use the northern sidewalk. A police detail will be onsite throughout the duration of the work to direct pedestrians and traffic around the area.

Questions may be directed to Dan Melish.

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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.

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.

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

Construction activities are underway 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.

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

Crews are performing upper window lintel remediation work along the Memorial Drive façade of Burton Conner, Building W51. As part of this project, the exterior stair will also be removed. Crews will access the windows from a lift. Paint will be removed from the windows by hand-scrapers, and the stair will be removed using a grinder. Dust will be contained, and a protective coating will be applied to seal the exposed lintels.

Anticipated hours are Monday through Saturday from 9AM-6PM. Please note that lifts for this project will be delivered during the week preceding the start of work. Crews will be onsite beginning at 7AM to set up, but work will not begin until 9AM. Some minor noise from the lift or grinders is expected. The work area will be cordoned off, and access to the building will be maintained.

Questions about this project 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.

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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Amherst Alley

On Wednesday, November 23, manhole work is scheduled along the sidewalk of Amherst Alley across from Building W51 near the entrance to the athletic fields. Anticipated hours are 7AM-3PM. Minor noise is anticipated.

During this time, a portion of the sidewalk and adjacent driveway will be cordoned off to protect the area; these partitions will remain in place for near future work. The driveway and sidewalk along the athletic field will remain accessible, but will be narrowed. Vehicular access will be maintained throughout, but traffic may be slowed; please be aware and use caution when traversing the area. Signage will be posted.

Questions may be directed to Seth Kinderman.

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Hockfield Court

Hockfield Court will be closed to all vehicles on Thursday, December 8, 1PM until 7PM for the annual Winterfest event. Starting at 7am on Thursday, December 8, a canopy is scheduled to be constructed between Buildings 32 and 76, which will remain up until the conclusion of Winterfest. Occupants of buildings in the area are asked to plan accordingly for deliveries and other activities which may be affected. Emergency lanes will remain accessible throughout the area.

Questions may be directed to Ted Johnson, Institute Events.

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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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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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