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Update #35

Construction Update: October 6th – October 20th

Please note, no work will take place on Monday, October 9th in observance of Columbus Day.

Street and Sidewalk Impacts

Wadsworth Street –The street will remain closed to vehicular traffic from Amherst Street to Memorial Drive (between Buildings E51 and E52) 24 hours a day until certain unforeseen conditions are managed and resolved. The project team anticipates this work to last at least 2-3 more weeks. Construction activities include equipment set up and staging for utility installation. Vehicles on Memorial Drive should access the Kendall Square area via Ames Street. (W1).

Utilities will continue to be installed on the north side of Wadsworth Street towards Main Street (W2). The work will require a lane to be occupied and fenced in due to the depth of the excavation. The sidewalk will remain open and there will be no pedestrian detour, vehicle traffic will be limited to one way from Main Street to Amherst Street.

Amherst Street – A steam manhole will continue to be installed just to the south of E23. This work is scheduled to take another few weeks to complete. The driveway to the Media Lab may be slightly impacted but vehicles and pedestrians will have access around the work area. (A1)

Work will begin at 100 Memorial Drive across from Carleton Street to install a new utility structure. Pedestrians will be rerouted around the construction zone while the work takes place. (A2)

General Construction Update

The slurry wall and secant wall installation will continue at Site 5 (S1) This work may create vibration in the immediate area. We anticipate sheeting operations to begin in late October along Main Street.

The sheeting installation activities will commence on Site 4 (bordered between Carleton, Main, Hayward and Amherst Streets) (S2). This work may create noise and vibration in the immediate area.

Work continues on the Kendall Garage behind 290-292 Main (E38-E39), and 238 Main (E48). This includes: 

  • Slurry Wall installation.
  • Daily deliveries of steel and concrete.
  • Daily trucking to remove material from the site.

E38 interior and exterior renovation activities will continue.

E39 foundation activities will continue.

Police details will be utilized throughout the project area to assist with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Saturday Work – 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.

MBTA Main Street Plaza – 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, Deacon/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.