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Last updated: 11/13/17

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 will be winding down by the end of November.

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 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.

Have questions?

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

Current construction

NOVEMBER 13 THROUGH NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Signage, benches, bike racks and bollards will be installed; final signage installed and punch list items ongoing.

On Union Street, the brick sidewalk on Marshall Street, east side will be substantially complete as well as the brick sidewalk on Union Street.

Drainage work will be ongoing on Union Street. Night work will include drainage work on North Street.

On Constitution Road, concrete sidewalks will be placed and the paving of the cycle track accomplished. Electrical work will be ongoing for street lighting. Another section of granite paver resetting will be occurring at the Plaza.

WEEK OF November 20 THROUGH NOVEMBER 24, 2017

Continued signage installation on Commercial/Atlantic Avenue, as well as pavement markings. Traffic signal work to be completed. Ongoing punch list items. The Friend Street intersection with Causeway will be completed.

On the Blackstone Block, night work is concluded on North Street. Drainage work is ongoing on Union Street. On Marshall Street, cobblestones will be removed and reset.

On Marshall Street, resetting of cobblestones continues.   

On Constitution Road, any sidewalk not completed the previous week will be installed. At the plaza, electrical work is completed. 

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27 THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2017

Minimal work on the Blackstone Block and Constitution Road to button up most work for the moratorium season. Some electrical conduit installations in both locations.

Various sidewalk repairs from Staniford Street to Mercantile Street will be undertaken as the project in these work areas approaches completion.  Final signage and punch list activities will be ongoing. 

At the Blackstone Block, the first section of the Curley Plaza brick is completed. On Marshall Street, granite slabs and cobblestones work is ongoing. 

On Constitution Road, the curb and sidewalk work continues north. 

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.