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Last updated: 5/11/18

Connect Historic Boston

We’re working to connect historic sites in downtown Boston. We want you to be able to safely bike, walk, and drive to these locations.

The work from Staniford Street to Atlantic Avenue is substantially complete. Work on the Blackstone Block and Constitution Road continues to mid July.

Have questions?

Contact Kay Barned Smith at kay.barned-smith@boston.gov, or by calling 617-635-3868.

Current construction

may 14 - may 18, 2018

In the Blackstone Block, work on Union Street moves to the TD Bank location to replace the brick sidewalk now that Eversource has replaced the tops to their utility vaults. Work will also finally commence in the Curley Plaza area, where new low walls will be poured to delineate the accessible entry into the area. Note that there will be pedestrian detours as the work progresses, but access to the Memorial site will remain open during the work.

Work will also continue at the opposite end of the street to install the crosswalk at Marshall Street and to reset the granite slabs from Marshall to Hanover streets.

On Constitution Road, work continues at the Warren Street intersection for the new raised intersection.  The southeast corner will start construction, and the remaining ramp on Water Street will be completed.  Installation of the light shields will be completed, and some repair of the re-pointing of the bus lane will be performed. Some minor work for drainage and fire protection will be performed.

Note also that final street signage will be installed.

On Causeway and Commercial Streets, the remaining pavement markings will be completed primarily for the cycle track.  All other work is complete.

WEEK OF may 21 through MAY 25, 2018

In the Blackstone Block on Union Street, the sidewalk work at the TD Bank area to North Street will be completed, near the North Street intersection.  Brick sidewalk work will commence in the Curley Plaza area. At the Bell in Hand end of the street, work will continue in the re-setting the granite slabs.  

On Constitution Road, the third corner of the Warren Street intersection will be completed (southeast corner). Some utility work to adjust a catch basin and install hydrant piping will be completed. 

WEEK OF MAY 28 through june 1, 2018

Work in the Blackstone Block during this week will see the beginning of the excavation for the installation of the new concrete sidewalk adjacent to the brick sidewalk for an expanded pedestrian travel path. In Curley Plaza, the first section of brick sidewalk will be completed. Work on the granite slabs should be complete, and the corner of Congress/Hanover may be in construction. 

Work on Constitution Road will be started at the fourth intersection at Warren Street (southwest corner of Warren Street) to remove and reset curb, install base, and fine grade for new concrete sidewalk.  Two trees have been removed for this work, and will be replaced as part of this corner's construction.  

About the program

The initiative between the National Park Service and Public Works is funded through a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. We’re also working in coordination with:

We’ve already started construction on the project, and we are scheduled to finish all work by mid 2018. The general contractor for the first phase of the project is P. Gioioso & Sons, Inc., of Hyde Park. Contract work under this construction will be complete in by November 15, 2017. Phase 2 work, the Blackstone Block, Constitution Road, and Joy Street, is done by WES Construction. That work has started at the Blackstone Block and Constitution Road. All work under this contract is scheduled to be complete by July 1, 2018.

More details about our projects

More details about our projects

Sitting next to the Fanueil Hall Marketplace, the Blackstone Block represents the core of Boston’s historic market district. The roads and alleys connecting to the Blackstone Block are the City’s most intact colonial-era street network. We’re reconstructing the area to give visitors a better experience as they explore this unique urban landscape, Creek Square, and Haymarket.

Mobilization began the week of May 29, 2017 and utility and sidewalk work has begun.

The plan is to create a family-friendly, low-stress bicycle trail that makes a full circuit of downtown Boston. During Phase One of the project, we’ll  creates a grade-separated, protected cycle track along Staniford Street, Causeway Street, Commercial Street, and Atlantic Avenue. We’ll also complete a full reconstruction of Causeway Street to aid pedestrian safety and accessibility.

Work started in April 2015 on Staniford Street and continued through November 2015 along Causeway Street to the intersection of Portland St. as well as work on Commercial St. In 2016 major portions of work were completed on Causeway St. between Portland St. and North Washington St.  Final roadway paving was installed on Staniford St., the project's portion of Lomasney Way and Causeway St. to Portland St.  Final paving was also installed between Prince St. to Battery St. A partial opening of the cycle track was allowed in the finished portion of the work.

Though a small roadway, Joy Street is the only direct connection across Beacon Hill from Boston Common to Cambridge Street. This project will rebuild Joy Street as a shared roadway without curbs — in Dutch, a woonerf. The roadway will slow vehicular traffic and improve the environment for pedestrians.

We’ll also focus on easing walking access to the Boston African-American National Historic Site, which hosts a half million visitors each year.  This work will be near end of  late 2017.