Right of Way (ROW) Construction update week of 16 July 2018

Welcome to the weekly Right-of-Way construction update email for the

week of July 16th. 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 include:

Gas Main Replacement – Eversource

* Eversource gas main replacement on 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 traffic.

* Eversource gas main and service connection replacements on Powder

House Blvd between Curtis Street and Alewife Brook Parkway requiring

parking and traffic restrictions. Remaining work is primarily west of

North Street.

* 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 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.

* Eversource gas services replacement on Meacham Road between Buena

Vista Avenue and the Cambridge city line requiring parking restrictions

and road closure to non-abutters.

Cedar Street Sewer Separation – P. Gioioso & Sons

* Sidewalk construction on Cedar Street between Elm Street and Summer

Street requiring parking restrictions and closure of Cedar Street to

through traffic.

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

lane shifts.

* 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

alternating traffic.

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. Weather and other factors permitting, sidewalk work will be

complete late next week or early the following week. Roadway resurfacing

will occur later in the summer or early in the fall to coincide with

other resurfacing work. In the meantime, we will be providing a

temporary centerline stripe to help drivers navigate the new slalom

movement around the chicanes and new parking pattern.

* 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.

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

traffic impacts.

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

provide those.

Beacon Street Road Reconstruction – MassDOT and Newport Construction

* Roadway reconstruction will be on hold until Eversource addresses

gas leak issues and repairs patches generated by gas leak fixes over the

duration of the project.

Gas Main Replacement – National Grid

* National Grid is currently on lockout due to contract negotiations.

As such National Grid is not anticipated to be working next week.

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 construction@somervillema.gov. 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



Richard E. Raiche, PE, PMP

Director of Engineering

City of Somerville

1 Franey Road, Somerville, MA 02145

o: 617.625.6600 x5410

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