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Update #181

Kendall Square Construction Update March 17 - March 31

Street and Sidewalk Impacts

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

Wadsworth Street – Roadway Conditions into March

  • 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) 
  • The Sloan vehicular and pedestrian entrance to the garage, loading dock and buildings 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.

Main Street

  • The two new MBTA headhouses are open to passengers at the Kendall Square inbound MBTA station (M1). The interim headhouse is permanently closed, has been fenced, and is an active construction site. Concrete chipping with a jackhammer will take place in preparation for concrete placements.
  • MBTA project deliveries will intermittently take place off Main Street near the MBTA station.
  • 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/loading dock 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 is open to vehicles entering the underground loading dock at the grad tower at Site 4 (E37), 238 Main Street and 314 Main Street. MBTA concrete trucks will use the loading dock at 314 Main Street.
  • A Site 2 (200 Main Street) construction gate (Gate 1) near Wadsworth is the entrance for Site 2 construction trucks and equipment. The gate (Gate 2) near the Sloan Drive is the exit for construction vehicles. Police details direct pedestrian, cycling and vehicular traffic in this area. Police details are on duty.
  • Oversized trailers carrying equipment will pull into Gate 1 at Site 2 and shut engines off at 4 AM on Tuesday, March 21 or Wednesday, March 22 and on Friday, March 24. Truck unloading will occur starting at 7AM each day.

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 continue.
  • 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

  • Move-ins complete.
  • Triangle Park construction is complete.

Site 2:

  • A caisson rig is on site to extract existing underground piles. This activity will create noise and some intermittent vibrations.
  • Site preparation, pre-trenching and guide wall installation for slurry wall foundation operation underway.
  • A slurry plant will be assembled on site.
  • Underground investigations and utility relocation preparation will take place in the southeast corner of the site near the Hermann Building. Excavation will be done by a vacuum truck, which will generate noise.

Site 3: 238 Main Street

  • CVS Pharmacy has opened a new store to customers on the first floor of 238 Main Street.
  • Fit-outs are underway inside the tower and 238 Main Street.
  • 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

  • The MIT Museum and MIT Press Bookstore are open.
  • Most deliveries take place at the underground loading dock at Hayward Street.
  • Interior fit out continues.

Open Space

  • Occasional landscaping punch-list work will take place.