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Update #159

Kendall Square Construction Update May 13 - May 27

Street and Sidewalk Impacts

Pedestrians and cyclists please beware of construction vehicles coming and going.

Wadsworth Street – Roadway Conditions into May

  • Wadsworth Street pedestrian access has reopened the western sidewalk between Main and Amherst Streets on the 238 Main building and Muckley building side of the street. (W1) 
  • Vehicular access between Amherst and Main streets is open. (W1) 
  • Pedestrian access is closed across the Eastgate/Sloan parking lot. Pedestrian access to/from the Sloan building and garage will be from Main Street. The Sloan and Eastgate lot vehicular entrance continues to be from Main Street and closed at Wadsworth Street. (W2)
  • Pedestrian access is maintained to the E53/E52 ramp while Site 2 work is underway.
  • An exit personnel gate has been installed from Site 2.
  • Structural demolition of Eastgate using automatic jackhammers, which will create noise, is underway.

Main Street

  • MBTA passengers switched to the new interim headhouse and entrance/exit so that crews can continue renovation and modernization of the existing headhouse leading to the Kendall Square inbound MBTA station.  (M1)
  • MBTA project deliveries will intermittently take place at a gate off Main Street near the MBTA station.
  • The Site 2 project is underway in the parking area south of Eastgate (E55) closing the Hermann Garage.
  • The inner sidewalk is closed to pedestrians from Wadsworth to Main Street. The Main Street access to the Sloan Garage will remain open throughout construction. A Sloan drop off/pick-up space will be maintained. 
  • An access driveway to Sloan Garage allows independent access to E62 (Sloan) and the garage without mixing with construction access for E55 demolition. Directional signage is posted and police details are on site to help direct traffic. (M2) 
  • The Main Street entrance to Hayward Street (Gate 1) is open to vehicles entering the underground loading dock at the grad tower at Site 4 (E37), 238 Main Street and 314 Main Street.
  • A construction gate near Wadsworth will be the entrance for Site 2 construction trucks and equipment. The existing gate will be the exit for construction vehicles. Police details will direct pedestrian, cycling and vehicular traffic in this area.

Hayward Street

  • Only construction vehicles and those going to the E40 loading dock are allowed to enter Hayward Street from Amherst Street. 

Amherst Street 

  • The medical lot is open to MIT medical patients with pedestrian access along Amherst Street and to Carleton Street near the HP spaces.

Carleton Street

  • Trucks and construction equipment will access the MBTA headhouse site. Concrete placements and demolition continues and cranes are on site.
  • The walkways to Dock and Main Streets and the MBTA Red Line station are open. Directional signage is in place.
  • Through access to Dock Street via Charlotte’s Way is open.

General Construction Update

Site 1: 165 Main Street

  • Sidewalk protection has been removed. Construction of the sidewalk is complete at the 165 Main entrance area. Pedestrian traffic is back on the sidewalks. Main Street re-paving and bike lane reconstruction are complete.
  • Move-ins are scheduled to start the week of May 23rd.
  • Installation of the podium unitized is complete.
  • New curbing on Broad Canal Way is being installed.
  • Triangle Park construction has begun and is scheduled to be complete at the end of the summer.

Site 2:

  • A hoist for E55 demolition has been installed on the south facade and may be operational from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Installation of an Eversource a temporary power yard is underway.
  • Abatement of Eastgate is complete.
  • Structural demolition of Eastgate is on Level 28.

Site 3: 238 Main Street

  • Fit-outs are underway inside the tower and 238 Main Street.
  • An art installation is underway under the cantilevered section of the tower and restricting open space access between Hayward and Wadsworth streets.
  • Most material deliveries continue to the underground loading dock in and out of Main Street at Hayward Street

Site 4:  Grad Tower, 45 Hayward Street, and 292 Main Street

  • All material deliveries to the underground loading dock will continue to come in and out from Main Street.

Site 5: 314 Main Street

  • Most deliveries take place at the underground loading dock.
  • Interior fit out is underway.

Open Space

  • Landscaping punchlist is ongoing.
  • Paver installation within and around the MBTA headhouse site will start in May and continue through November 2022.