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Update #104

Construction Update March 13 - March 27

Street and Sidewalk Impacts

Wadsworth Street – Phase 2 Roadway Conditions into March 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.
  • Eversource Gas may be doing prep work for the new system tie-in near Amherst Street and Memorial Drive intersections.
  • Geotechnical drilling, requiring a vacuum truck, will take place near E55 and the Hermann and Sloan Garage lot starting on March 23rd through April. (W3)

Main Street

  • Construction access at Gate 1 will continue, as well as Open Space restoration on Hayward Street. Pedestrian access along Main Street will be maintained
  • Gate 2 near Wadsworth Street will continue to be used.
  • Work is expected to begin this spring 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)
  • The covered pedestrian walkway has shifted onto the new sidewalk closer to the 314 Main Street (Site 5).

 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.
  • Gate 4 at Hayward Street has reopened as a construction access. Hayward Street, from Main Street to Amherst Street, remains closed to all other vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
  • Eversource Gas will be doing prep work for the new system tie-in near E2,70 Amherst Street.
  • Sidewalk replacement work, Eversource Electric work and lighting install will continue on the northern side of the road.
  • The catering ramp to the E40 loading dock is closed. All cart deliveries to E40 will enter E51 and take the pedestrian bridge to the 3rd floor of E40.

General Construction Update

Kendall Garage:

  • Reinforcement steel, concrete operations, and minor excavation will continue with trucking in and out of Gates 1 and 4 at Amherst, Hayward, and Main Streets.
  • Finishing of concrete underground may require extended hours on days of placements.
  • Waterproofing will take place at the top of the garage.
  • Eversource Gas will be working near the Amherst Street and Memorial Drive intersections and to prepare for the cutover.

Site 3:

  • Steel deliveries continue for decking, roof dunnage, the atrium and bridge between the tower and 238 Main Street building.
  • Concrete slab placements are ongoing with trucks entering at Gates 1, 2, or 3 and leaving at Gate 4 on Amherst Street. The finishing work will require extended hours.
  • The hoist and loading dock are operating on Wadsworth Street.
  • Levels will be added to the exterior elevator (hoist) starting at 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th.
  • 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 Gate 4, Hayward Street to Amherst 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 is anticipated to shut down after March 23rd while the southern section of Carleton Street is reconstructed. 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. Bike signals will utilize overhead cameras for activation. Pedestrian crossing signals are activated by push buttons at all crosswalks. 
  • Traffic signal final adjustments are complete.
  • 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. 
  • Eversource Gas will be working on Ames Street through March.

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.