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Update #96

Construction Update November 22 - December 6

Street and Sidewalk Impacts

Wadsworth Street – Phase 2 Roadway Conditions into December 2019

  • Access to Wadsworth Street from Main Street is closed to all traffic. (W1) The Sloan and Eastgate lot entrance is closed at Wadsworth Street.
  • Sidewalk reconstruction is complete.
  • The noisiest work will come from the intermittent use of vacuum trucks as Eversource Gas finishes work on the southern part of the street.
  • Walkways will be maintained and located as required around construction work zones.
  • Bicycles must be walked on the shared covered walkway.
  • Eversource Gas is completing work near the Hermann Garage and at the walkway in front of Eastgate. Walkway access will be maintained.

Main Street

  • Construction access at Gate 1, located on Hayward Street off Main Street, continues to be a major entrance into the project for excavation and concrete.
  • Gate 2 near Wadsworth Street will continue to be used.
  • A Verizon line will be installed at the sidewalk in front of the Kendall Hotel across Dock Street to Site 5.

Amherst Street 

  • Depending on weather conditions sidewalk restoration may take place or be pushed to spring on the south side of the street near 70 Amherst Street. If it happens, the entrance stairs will be closed and residents will be directed to use the ramp. The sidewalk will be closed with pedestrians relocated to a walkway across the street along the construction site. (A1)
  • Amherst Street remains one-way from Wadsworth Street toward Ames Street. Only police directed construction vehicles will have two-way access from Ames Street.
  • Hayward Street, from Main Street to Amherst Street, remains closed for vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
  • Sidewalk replacement work will continue and lighting install will start on the northern side of the road, including at Carleton Street and at Ames Street near the Media Lab.

General Construction Update

Kendall Garage:

  • Reinforcement steel, concrete operations, and excavation will continue with trucking in and out of Gates 1,4,5,6, and 7 at Amherst, Hayward, Carleton, and Main Streets.
  • Finishing of concrete underground may require extended hours on days of placements.

Site 3:

  • Steel erection continues on the new lab building using the tower crane.
  • Concrete slab placements are ongoing with trucks entering at Gates 1, 2 or 3. The finishing work will require extended hours.
  • Hoist erection is ongoing on Wadsworth Street.

Site 4:

  • E38 interior and exterior renovation activities will continue and will be serviced from Gate 11 (between the MBTA and E38).
  • Interior work is underway.
  • All material deliveries to the loading dock will continue to come in from Main Street and exit at Carleton Street.

Site 5:

  • Daily deliveries and removal of materials will take place from Amherst Street to Carleton Street or in and out through two Main Street gates.
  • Utility work along Main Street will begin.
  • Interior work continues.

Open Space

  • Pedestrian shifts are necessary as work continues on the sidewalk, concrete wall and steps along Carleton Street inside of the construction site.
  • The ambulance drop-off/pick-up areas will shift back onto the South ambulance ramp as work progresses. Personnel are in place to direct patients to Medical from the lot.
  • Work is underway between Carleton and the Media Lab (E14).

City – Ames Street and Memorial Drive Cycle Project

  • The Eastbound and Westbound U-turn lanes on Memorial Drive at Ames Street will be closed for a few weeks to allow the reconfiguration of the intersection to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians crossing Memorial Drive
  • The metered parking on the East side of Ames Street has been removed. (AM1)
  • Crosswalk and handicap ramp reconfiguration at the Ames/Amherst intersection will be ongoing through the end of November.


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