Community Path (Buena Vista Rd. to Cambridge Line) to Close for Drainage, Retaining Wall Repairs ‪Beginning June 11, 2018‬

This portion of the path expected to be closed for approximately three months during excavation. Detour routes available at


The City of Somerville’s Engineering Department announced this week that a portion of the Community Path, between Buena Vista Rd. and the Cambridge line, will undergo much-anticipated repairs to the drainage system and to a retaining wall to address recurring flooding issues and to improve safety along the path. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic will be detoured for approximately three months, beginning the week of June 11, as crews excavate in this area. Detour routes can be found at and temporary signage will be posted along this section of the path.

In total, the project is expected to last through early September, and the path will be repaved to a final condition in November, though an interim pavement layer will be installed at the completion of the project for the duration of the winter. The project will include replacement of catch basins as well as installation of new sections of drain pipe along this section of the Path. Additionally, the retaining wall in this area will be upgraded during construction. Work hours for this project will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted. While work is being conducted to the retaining wall on the south side of the path, contractors do not anticipate needing access to private properties, though all abutters will be notified prior to the start of work in November.

If you have questions about impacts to your property, contact the Somerville Engineering Department at 617-625-6600 ext. 5400. For more information and updates about this project, visit

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