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Construction to Give Mass Ave. New Face

By David Bailey

Patches of construction on Massachusetts Avenue near MIT will continue for the next several years, as the City of Cambridge Department of Public Works executes several improvement projects.

The projects are mainly between MIT and Lafayette Square, around the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Main Street.

A surface enhancement project will change the face of Mass. Ave extending northward from MIT to Douglas Street. Bike lanes beginning at Memorial Drive will be added as well, and will connect to existing lanes on Mass. Ave which extend northwestward beyond Douglas Street.

In addition, a park is planned in Lafayette Square, at the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Main Street. The surface enhancement project is scheduled to start in the summer of 2000 and take approximately two years.

Plans also include construction of a storm drain that will run along Mass. Ave. from Douglas Street to Memorial Drive. According to City Engineer Owen O’Riordan, storm drain construction is planned to start in January 2000 and last approximately nine months.

In the meantime, construction crews have undertaken several smaller projects, including some communications and water main work, to be finished by the time the storm drain project begins.

Detailed plans have yet to be released for the storm drain, surface enhancement projects, and Lafayette Square Park project have yet to be released. Community and business meetings are scheduled for the next several weeks to discuss specific issues such as traffic management issues and construction specifics.