The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will close the Longfellow Bridge this Saturday (October 11) to all motor vehicle travel, except MBTA buses as part of the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project. The closure is necessary to implement an MBTA Red Line diversion which will allow MassDOT’s design/build contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV, to perform work in close proximity to the Red Line tracks that is not possible during MBTA service hours. Buses will replace Red Line trains for service between Kendall/MIT Station and Park Street Station, with a stop at Charles/MGH Station. The bus route and stops are shown on the map below. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for people with disabilities. Bus service will be in place for Boston and Cambridge-bound Red Line customers during service on Saturday, October 11. Red Line trains will resume service on Sunday morning, October 12.
MBTA buses will be the only motor vehicles permitted on the bridge. All other motor vehicles, including passenger vehicles, trucks and all other buses, will need to use one of two routes to reach Boston. One route uses Memorial Drive westbound to make a U-turn at Ames Street for access to Memorial Drive eastbound to Land Boulevard and Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) to reach Leverett Circle. A second route uses 3rd Street and Binney Street to reach Land Boulevard. Truck restrictions are in place for Memorial Drive.
The Cambridge-bound detour remains in place using a signed route from Charles Circle following Charles Street to Leverett Circle, Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Charles River Dam Road and Edwin H. Land Boulevard.
Emergency response, bicycle and pedestrian access will be maintained across the bridge during this weekend diversion. Please note: Bicyclists must walk their bikes on the sidewalk across the Longfellow Bridge to ensure the safety of all bridge users. The Massachusetts Avenue Bridge and Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path across the Craigie Dam Bridge can be used as an alternate route to ride bicycles across the Charles River.
The Longfellow Bridge, which connects Boston and Cambridge over the Charles River, is being rehabilitated as part of a three and a half year, $255.5 million effort funded through Governor Patrick’s Accelerated Bridge Program. Rehabilitation of the iconic “salt and pepper” Longfellow Bridge will improve structural integrity and capacity, meet modern codes, including ADA accessibility, and create a safer configuration for more modes of travel.
Click this link for more information on the project and traffic management plans. For questions, to report issues and concerns related to construction or to be added to the project email distribution list, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email email@example.com.
Phase 1 of Green Line Extension (GLX) construction is underway and that will result in the complete closure of Medford Street, between South Street and Somerville Avenue, to all traffic on Saturday and Sunday this weekend (Oct. 5 & 6). During this time, vehicles will be redirected as follows:
- Vehicles traveling south to Cambridge will proceed to the Somerville Avenue intersection and turn left at Somerville Avenue onto McGrath Highway.
- Vehicles traveling north into Somerville will be detoured left onto South Street to Windsor Place, right onto Webster Avenue, right onto Prospect Street, and onto Somerville Avenue.
Pedestrian access will also be restricted due to pubic safety concerns. As always, you can learn more about the GLX project on www.greenlineextension.com and click here for more details on the construction that will be conducted this weekend on the Medford Street Bridge.
Also, I’d like to remind you that Ribfest is being held this Sunday from noon to 4pm, which will result in the closure of Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street, so keep that in mind if you’re driving to East Cambridge on Sunday.
The Friends of the Grand Junction group is hosting a sequel to their successful February bike ride on Sunday, August 24. The Bike Tour of the Corridor II: Summer Edition will take off at noon at the BU Bridge, and will follow the route of the future Grand Junction Path from the BU Bridge to the Somerville Community Path connection. There will be multiple explanatory stops along the way, and the tour is open to all. For more details and to RSVP, please visit this link.
The East End House is hosting a free community celebration on Wednesday, August 13th at 105 Spring Street in Cambridge. The party will feature a BBQ, ice cream sundaes, face painting, a magician, balloon animals, games, a moon bounce, live music and more.
The party is hosted with support by All-Brand New England, the Biogen Idec Blues Band, Cambridge Energy Alliance, Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Health Department’s Men’s Health League, CambridgeSide Galleria, East Cambridge Business Association, East Cambridge Planning Team, J.P. Licks, and the Kennedy Neighborhood Council and Community School.
For more information on the block party or about East End House, please contact Tim Severyn, Senior Director of Community Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-876-4444, or visit www.eastendhouse.org.
WHEN: Wednesday August 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Rain Date: August 20)
WHERE: in front of East End House, 105 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 between Fifth and Sciarappa
The Binney Street Area Infrastructure Improvement Project will be implementing a temporary traffic routing plan on Binney Street between Lane Boulevard and Second Street. The temporary traffic plan will start on Tuesday, August 5th and last for several weeks. This will result in the reduction of travel lanes to one lane in each direction on Binney Street from Lane Boulevard to Second Street. Please visit the project website for more information.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be conducting drainage work along the Alewife Brook Parkway at Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge on Thursday, July 31 from 9 PM until approximately 5 AM on Friday, August 1. This will result in the closure of one lane in each direction along Alewife Brook Parkway, prior to Massachusetts Avenue. The Massachusetts State Police will have a detail on site to assist with traffic flow.
The City of Cambridge and Mayor David Maher have created a Fire Relief Fund for the nine families that were displaced by the devastating fire that ripped through three homes on Allston Street during the early morning hours of Sunday, July 27th. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but the majority of the residents displaced were renters that do not have insurance to recover their loss.
Please visit this page if you wish to contribute to the relief fund set up to help these displaced families get back on their feet. Donations can also be made by check to “The City of Cambridge Mayor’s Fire Relief Fund”. Checks can be mailed to or dropped off at:
Cambridge City Hall
c/o Finance Department
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
The following press release is from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. – Tim
DCR Recreational Advisory:
WHAT: The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will close the spray park and playground at its North Point Park facility in Cambridge on July 29 and July 30 for repair and maintenance work. The playground and spray deck will reopen to visitors on Thursday, July 31, 2014
WHEN: Tuesday, July 29 and Wednesday, July 30, 2014
WHERE: DCR’s North Point Park Playground and Spray Deck, Museum Way, Cambridge
The Harvard Square Business Association is hosting a free job fair in historic Winthrop Park on Monday, July 21st, from 2pm – 4pm. There will be numerous job opportunities, and this is your chance to meet hiring managers all in one location. Remember to bring plenty of resumes.
The following businesses will be onsite collecting resumes and conducting interviews:
Beat Hotel, Border Café, Cambridge Family and Children’s Services, Cambridge Historical Tours, Cambridge Savings Bank, Century 21 Avon – Cambridge, Charles Hotel, City Sports, Crema Café, Felipe’s, Flat Patties, Harvard COOP, IHOP, Legal Sea Foods, Lesley University, Otto Pizza, Pyara, World’s Only Curious George Store, Yogurtland
Click here for more information on this event.
The MBTA will hold a public hearing to review an Equivalent Facilitation Request by the Green Line Extension (GLX) on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The hearing will be held at the Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street, Somerville, MA from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm in the cafeteria.
The Equivalent Facilitation Request is required as part of the project’s application for a Full Funding Grant Agreement with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
“Equivalent facilitation” permits the FTA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations to accommodate innovation in accessible design. It allows the development of improvements in vehicle, facility, or equipment design that provides for equal or greater accessibility, but would not strictly meet the required design standards. Equivalent facilitation is covered under federal law by 49 CFR Part 37.
Increasing accessibility is a key goal of the GLX project, but due to sloping roadway conditions near several of the stations, there are a few isolated instances where station designs currently do not comply with design standards created by the ADA. In order to deviate from these standards, the MBTA must do so in a way that provides equivalent or greater access, and receive a “determination of equivalent facilitation” from the FTA administrator.
This hearing is an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the MBTA’s application for a determination of equivalent facilitation before the MBTA formally submits it to the FTA. A draft of the application is available for review on this link.
For more information about the GLX project, please visit this link or email: email@example.com.
When: Thursday July 10, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Cafeteria at Argenziano School at Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street, Somerville, MA