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Update #41

Construction Update: December 15th — January 2nd, 2018

Street and Sidewalk Impacts

Wadsworth Street –At this time, the street will remain closed to vehicular traffic from Amherst Street to Memorial Drive (between Buildings E51 and E52) 24 hours a day. Eversource Electric is currently working within the construction zone to rebuild an electric manhole and duct bank. Other construction activities include backfilling and completing the sanitary lift station, as well as the installation of a new sanitary infrastructure. Vehicles on Memorial Drive should access the Kendall Square area via Ames Street. (W1). Wadsworth Street is a one way street going south, with access from Main Street to Amherst Street.

A new construction access lane was created along the Wadsworth Street side of the site. Trucking into and through this lane will begin to take place. (W2)

Amherst Street – Work will continue at 100 Memorial Drive across from Carleton Street to install a new utility structure. (A1)

Amherst St. will have a one-way traffic pattern going towards Ames St. However, if Longfellow Bridge construction requires a weekend bridge closure, Amherst traffic will be opened up to two ways to allow Eastgate resident parking access. 

Chilled water lines will continue along Amherst. (A2)

A Sanitary line connection will be made next to E40. The road will be shifted to accommodate this work and the rear entrance of E40 will be modified to allow for access. (A3)

General Construction Update

Additional earth support will be installed and the slurry wall will begin to be chipped down around the entire site perimeter. This work can create noise and vibration in the area directly next to the work. The work areas will move frequently, so any disruptions should be limited to a day or two.

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.

Large equipment will be removed and brought back to the site daily. This activity may occur after hours but no disruptions are expected.  

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.

Snow Removal – During heavy snow events, the project team may need to mobilize small crews to maintain access in and around the site. This work may take place outside of normal operating hours.

Holidays – Please note, work will take place the day after Christmas, Tuesday, December 26th, as well as the day after New Year’s Day, Monday, January 2nd.

In the spirit of community during this festive time of the year, MIT and the Community Art Center remind you to check out the My Vision Mural in the Main Street walkway!