Somerville Ward 5 City Councilor Mark Niedergang:Starting May 18: Some Somerville construction & utility work to resume


First, I hope that you and your family, friends and loved ones are healthy and enduring the stay-at-home restrictions as well as possible.

As I am sure you have heard, things are starting to open up a bit in some places around the country. It seems that there may be some changes in Massachusetts starting next Monday, May 18th.

If you live in Somerville, please read the email below. It gives details and a timeline for various construction and utility projects around the City, some of which will be resuming next Monday May 18. These construction projects will impact many people who live and work in Somerville.

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Let me know if you have any questions about these construction projects — or anything else — and I can seek answers from City staff.

Resuming City Construction & Utility Work

In anticipation of the easing of statewide stay-at-home restrictions on May 18, the City is preparing for a phased resumption of construction under strict COVID-prevention protocols. The Department of Infrastructure & Asset Management will manage a phased implementation both in terms of restarting individual projects and in terms of ramping up activities on each project.
The following schedule was determined based on an evaluation of each project’s critical need and the status of its safety plan. Click here for more information.
Phase One – May 18 Start
Somerville Ave. Utility & Streetscape Improvements Project
Somerville High School Rebuilding
West Branch Library Renovation
Prior years’ paving contracts (Medford, Lowell, Powder House, Cedar; sidewalk reconstruction on Medford St. would resume first)
Eversource Gas Main Replacement
Ashland St.
Bromfield Rd.
Holland St.
North St.
Sartwell Ave.
National Grid Gas Main Replacement
Bartlett St.
Pearl St. continues
Phase Two – June 1 Start
Washington St. Water Improvements
Citywide Sewer Manhole Rehabilitation & Teele/West Davis Sewer Pipeline Rehabilitation
Prospect Hill Park
Allen St. Playground
Private construction (building permits & occupancy permits)
Phase Three – July through September Start
Buena Vista Garage
Sewer System Condition Assessment & Risk Evaluation
Marginal / McGrath Sewer Repair
Conway Park
Central Hill Playground
Phase Four – Start TBD (may be deferred to 2021)
Lead Service Line Replacement Program
Various Building Repairs (Engine 7 Floor & Roof, Cummings School Roof & Walls, Founders Rink Walls, City Hall Fire Escape, Winter Hill School Roof)
Hall St. Water & Sewer Improvements
Healey School Schoolyard
Postponed Projects – Construction Start Delayed to 2021 Construction Season or After
FY2020 Paving Program (Holland/College/Elm)
Central Hill Campus Phase I
Brown Schoolyard
West Schoolyard
Henry Hansen Park

State Projects

Beacon St. Reconstruction

MassDOT contractors continue final cleanup items as weather permits.

Green Line Extension

Lechmere Station Closes May 24; Bus Service Provided to North Station
Green Line service between Lechmere and North Stations will be interrupted for approximately one year beginning May 24 to remove, rebuild, and relocate a section of viaduct and construct a new Lechmere Station.
During the closure, Green Line service between Lechmere Station and North Station will be provided via replacement bus service. Pavement markings on Charles River Dam Rd. will be temporarily reconfigured during the track outage to include all-day dedicated bus lanes in both directions.
Existing bicycle and pedestrian accommodations will be preserved. Read more here.
Frequent Overnight Work Between Lowell St. & College Ave.
Residents near the rail alignment between Lowell St. and College Ave. may experience elevated nighttime noise levels from heavy machinery over the next few weeks.
Day and night work in this area will focus on drainage installation, retaining wall construction, grading, placing crushed stone ballast, and installing track for the fourth and final “track shift” – relocating this section of Commuter Rail track to its final position.
This work is overnight is because it requires at least one track to be out of service.
For a detailed summary of upcoming work, take a look at the latest construction update from MassDOT. If you need assistance for a GLX construction-related matter, please call the 24/7 GLX hotline at 1-855-GLX-INFO (459-4636) or email .

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