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Update #101

Construction Update January 31 - February 14

Street and Sidewalk Impacts

Wadsworth Street – Phase 2 Roadway Conditions into February 2020

  • Access to Wadsworth Street from Main Street is closed to all traffic. (W1) The Sloan and Eastgate lot entrance is closed at Wadsworth Street.
  • The street section from Memorial to Amherst Streets has returned to two-way traffic. (W2)
  • Walkways will be maintained and located as required around construction work zones.
  • Bicycles must be walked on the shared covered walkway.
  • Gate 3 near the Muckley Building continues to be heavily used.
  • Geotechnical drilling will take place in the Sloan and Eastgate lot. Access will be maintained to the Hermann Garage. (W3)

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.
  • Work is expected to begin at by the end of the month on the renovation and modernization of the headhouse leading to the Kendall Square inbound MBTA station. Access to and from the station is scheduled to be maintained throughout construction. Pedestrian pathways will shift. (M1)

 Amherst Street 

  • Amherst Street has returned to two-way traffic between Wadsworth and Ames streets. (A1)
  • The entrance to the patients’ Medical Lot has been relocated to Amherst Street between Carleton and Hayward Streets. (A2). Ambulance and patient drop off only will use Carleton 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 continue on the northern side of the road, including at Carleton Street.

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:

  • Structural steel is finishing up, topping off.
  • Concrete slab placements are ongoing with trucks entering at Gates 1, 2 or 3. The finishing work will require extended hours.
  • The hoist and loading dock are operating on Wadsworth.
  • Levels will be added to the exterior elevator (hoist) starting at 7:00 AM on Saturday, February 1st.
  • Curtainwall deliveries and installation are ongoing.

Site 4:

  • E37 interior work continues.
  • 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.
  • Interior work continues.
  • The site office entrance will shift from the MBTA headhouse area to Main Street at Dock Street.

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 northern section of the ambulance drop-off/pick-up ramp at Carleton Street has reopened to allow patients to drive to the door from the south ramp entrance and continue straight to exit from the north ramp. Personnel are in place to direct patients to Medical from the lot.
  • The Medical Lot entrance is now on Amherst Street.

City – Ames Street and Memorial Drive Cycle Project

  • The new intersection on Memorial Drive at Ames Street is open, allowing Southbound traffic on Ames Street to cross Memorial Drive and head East. Eastbound Memorial Drive traffic will continue to use the Wadsworth Street U-turn lanes.
  • Traffic signal final adjustments are finishing up.
  • To accommodate an MIT steam project, traffic will continue to be one-way northbound from Amherst to Main Street from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM only. 

City – Vassar Street Raised Cycle Track Project

  • Work will begin on extending the raised cycle track on Vassar Street to Main Street
  • Phase 1 includes the area in front of the Stata Center (Building 32)
  • Detours will be set up to maintain pedestrian, bike and vehicle traffic. Police details will be on site to assist during all work.