Happy New (Fiscal) Year!
Welcome to the weekly Right-of-Way construction update email. As a
reminder, this summary email is intended to keep city departments and
officials whose operations and constituents may be impacted by
construction informed of those activities at a citywide, high level.
Please note that these highlights_ may not _paint the full picture of
upcoming work for a particular project, and therefore project-specific
information is best reviewed at individual project websites, or by
contacting the Communications Construction Public Information Officer,
Erica Mace (at x2615), for full details. Highlights for the next week
Pavement Management Program – D&R Paving
* Sidewalk construction on Cedar Street between Broadway and Highland
Avenue requiring parking restrictions and partial closures of the
street. The contractor will only be working on Monday and Tuesday, and
will be taking a holiday starting on July 4th and returning to the site
on Monday, July 9th.
* Please note that the Powder House Boulevard construction crew has to
attend an emergency outside of Somerville; therefore, sidewalk
construction there will not occur next week.
Beacon Street Road Reconstruction – MassDOT and Newport Construction
* Reconstruction of the Beacon/Washington intersection requiring
parking restrictions and one-way alternating traffic on Beacon and full
closure of Washington Street on Saturday, 30 June 2018 between 7AM and
4PM. Please note that the work includes paving, and the forecast
includes high temperatures, so the extended closure is required to allow
the pavement to cool.
* Switch over of Eversource Electric service wires at a few locations
in the Beacon Street corridor requiring parking restrictions and night
Gas Main Replacement – Eversource
* Eversource gas main replacement Prospect Street between Somerville
Ave and Bennet Court and on Everett Street near Newton Street requiring
parking and traffic restrictions including lane shifts and alternating
* Eversource gas main and service connection replacements on Powder
House Blvd between Curtis Street and Alewife Brook Parkway requiring
parking and traffic restrictions. It is anticipated that work east of
North Street will be complete by mid-July and that work will switch to
west of North at that time.
* Eversource gas service replacement on Oak Street between Houghton and
Prospect Streets requiring parking restrictions and road closure to
* Eversource gas main replacement on Hawthorne Street between Cutter
and Willow Avenues requiring parking restrictions and road closure to
* Eversource gas main replacement on Francesca Avenue between College
and Liberty Avenues requiring parking restrictions and road closure to
* Eversource gas main replacement on Foskett Street between Willow Ave
and Liberty Road requiring parking restrictions and road closure to
non-abutters. Please note that due to ledge, Eversource anticipates work
on Foskett will be protracted.
* Please note that Eversource gas main replacement on Meacham Road
between Buena Vista Avenue and the Cambridge city line is on hold
pending Historical Commission review of gas meter placement.
Somerville Avenue Utility and Streetscape Improvements – Barletta Heavy
* Water and sewer realignments in Somerville Ave between Bow and
Prospect Streets and in the Plaza requiring parking restrictions and
* Cleaning and inspection of sewers in Somerville Ave between Bow and
Medford Streets requiring parking restrictions and lane shifts.
Gore Street Cambridge Sewer – J. Derenzo
* Water and sewer installation in Medford Street between South Street
and the Cambridge city line requiring parking restrictions, and one-way
Sewer System Evaluation Study – Somerville Sewer Department, Weston &
Sampson, and NWMCC
· Sewer investigations in the area bound by Broadway, Holland
Street, and Davis Square requiring parking restrictions and temporary
Keolis – MBTA Track Improvements
· Please note that Keolis is currently performing track
improvements both in anticipation of the GLX project and for regular
maintenance. Dating back to original railway licenses, the City does not
have any jurisdiction over activities within the rail right of way. As
such, we unfortunately do not have any advance updates to share
regarding that work, which has often included night activities. As the
construction transitions from Keolis to GLX-Constructors, with whom we
are developing relationships, we hope to be in a better position to
Cedar Street Sewer Separation – P. Gioioso & Sons
* Construction crews will return after the Fourth of July week to
begin sidewalk construction on Cedar between Elm Street and Summer
Gas Main Replacement – National Grid
* As you may have heard, National Grid is on lockout due to contract
negotiations. As such National Grid is not anticipated to be working
No contractors will be working on the holiday, July 4th, and all expect
to complete heavy construction activities by noon on Tuesday to allow
time to clean and make safe their work zones for the holiday.
There are several ways to report issues with construction activities.
Engineering’s Construction Liaison & Compliance Manager, Jesse Moos,
works directly with contractors to mitigate any concerns or issues
related to projects under Engineering’s purview. Jesse can be reached at
617-625-6600 x5419. Please note that given the low projected
construction schedule next week, Jesse will be taking couple of very
well deserved vacations days on Monday and Tuesday, so please direct any
urgent calls to the main Engineering line, x5400. Additionally, the
City’s overall construction management and feedback team is available by
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This email address is primarily
managed by Erica Mace, but also goes directly to Jesse as well as myself
and Jackie Rossetti. This email address can and should be used by staff
and community members alike for quick issue resolution.
As always, thanks for your attention and support as we build a better
President, Board of Aldermen
Alderman Ward 7, Somerville