Kendall Square at MIT

Cambridge, MA
Official construction updates during the creation of 1.4 million square feet of new, transformative spaces in Kendall Square.
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Phase
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residential
450 grad & 290 other
office
/ R&D 888,000 SQ FT
retail
115,000 SQ FT
Open Space
Over 1.8 acres
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Update #43

Construction Update: January 19th - February 2nd

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.

Trucking into and through the new construction access lane along the Wadsworth Street side of the site will continue. (W2)

Amherst Street – Water line work will be occurring at the intersection of Ames and Amherst Street. Work hours will be 3pm and 11pm in order to minimize traffic impacts. This work is anticipated to be completed the week of January 29th. (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)

Chilled water lines will be installed along the Amherst Street side of E40. This work will take approximately four weeks to complete. The rear entrance of E40 will be modified to allow for access. (A3)

General Construction Update

The slurry wall equipment will continue to be demobilized from the site daily. Equipment may leave the site after regular business hours but no disruptions are expected.

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: 

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

E38 interior and exterior renovation activities will continue.

E39 steel erection 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.