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Last updated: 10/11/18

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.  

Work on the Blackstone Block is nearing completion with final paving completed. Constitution Road is complete and in closeout stage. Joy Street is ready for final paving in October.

Have questions?

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

Current construction

OCTOBER 15 THROUGH OCTOBER 19

In the Blackstone Block, work focuses on the completion of Curley Plaza.  New brick has been installed on most walkways and the new granite steps have been installed. Remaining work includes the walkway along North St. adjacent to the Plaza and the last quadrant of the plaza itself.  Traffic work to install traffic loops and finalize traffic equipment will be continuing.  

Due to the hotel project at Parcel 9, North Street traffic was reduced to two lanes by permission of the Boston Transportation Department to enable Boston Water and Sewer Commission work. That work is now complete and the road now open in its typical configuration. 

On Constitution Road, work is focused on punch list items.  

On Joy Street, work continues at the Cambridge Street intersection.  A delay was encountered due to a gas leak, and repair was delayed due to other utility emergencies. That leak has been repaired and the road is ready for shimming and paving.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 22 through OCTOBER 26, 2018

In the Blackstone Block, traffic work, pavement markings and Curley Plaza work should be substantially complete.  New planters will be installed and final parking arrangement should be in place.  Note that the travel lane for the street (adjacent to the Freedom Trail) is a tow-zone area the entire length. An extensive loading zone and some limited parking is established at the curbside adjacent to the Holocaust Memorial.

On Constitution Road, work is basically complete. The Contractor will continue to empty the lay down area and prep the parking lot for paving and return to NPS. 

On Joy Street, the sidewalks are complete and the road will be paved dependent on weather.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 29 through NOVEMBER  2, 2018

Work in the Blackstone Block focuses on punch list items.

Work on Constitution Road will be focused on demobilization activities 

Work on Joy Street will focus on punch list items.

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:

Construction on the project is nearing completion, with some delays encountered due to the dense underground utilities impeding new work.  The project is scheduled to finish all work this construction season 2018.

The general contractor for the first phase of the project is P. Gioioso & Sons, Inc., of Hyde Park. Contract work under this construction is complete as of  December, 2017. Phase 2 work, the Blackstone Block, Constitution Road, and Joy Street, is under construction  by WES Construction. These areas are nearing completion, with Constitution Road substantially complete, and both the Blackstone Block and Joy Street nearing completion. Delays have been encountered but all work will be complete by the construction moratorium start date in mid-November 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 are 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 the major work is nearing completion.  The roadway was paved this month, October 2018, and completion of Curley Plaza is ongoing.

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 created a grade-separated, protected cycle track along Staniford Street, Causeway Street, Commercial Street, and Atlantic Avenue. We've also completed a full reconstruction of Causeway Street to aid pedestrian safety and accessibility.  There is one section of the cycle track in front of the TD Garden that is functioning but is an interim plan, due to the construction needs of the Hub on Causeway (HOC) expansion.  The HOC project will install the final configuration of the cycle track and repave that section of roadway as part of their project as it nears completion.

Work started in April 2015 on Staniford Street and continued through December 2017, resulting in completion of the work from Staniford St. to Atlantic Ave.  Some minor elements of the work were completed in the Spring of 2018.  

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 is  nearing its end.