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Last updated: 7/26/18

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 August.

Have questions?

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

Current construction

JUly 30  - August 3, 2018

In the Blackstone Block, brick work on North Street will continue. 

  • The area from Union Street to mid-block on the TD Bank location should be complete, except for the new ramp.
  • Section 2 on the Quincy Market side toward Sephora will start.

The final section of the expansion of the sidewalk should begin. Included in this work is additional drainage work in the form of a trench drain to help with storm runoff.

Due to the start of the project at Parcel 9, North Street traffic is reduced to two lanes by permission of the Boston Transportation Department. Both Blackstone Street and Parcel 9B work has started in order to advance the project on Parcel 9.  On Blackstone Street, an 1853 replacement of an 1853 drainage main is ongoing. 

On Constitution Road, work continues at the Chelsea Street intersection prior to final milling and paving. Boston Water and Sewer has addressed drainage issues at the daycare center. 

On Joy Street, the remaining half of the east sidewalk will start being demolished.

WEEK OF AUGUST 6 through AUGUST 10, 2018

In the Blackstone Block on Union Street, construction on the concrete sidewalk extension continues. This includes:

  • a new concrete sidewalk adjacent to the brick sidewalk
  • new bollards at the walk's edge, and
  • new planters.

On Constitution Road, milling of the roadway will commence prior to final paving. 

On Joy Street, the east side of the brick work will be completed.

WEEK OF AUGUST 13 through AUGUST 17, 2018

Work in the Blackstone Block during this week continues with the installation of the new concrete sidewalk adjacent to the brick sidewalk for an expanded pedestrian travel path. Work on Congress Street includes installing the remaining accessible ramps.  

Work on Constitution Road will be focused on final paving and pavement markings. 

Work on Joy Street will move to the west side with sidewalk replacement.

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 Street, as well as work on Commercial Street. In 2016, major portions of work were completed on Causeway Street, between Portland Street and North Washington Street.  Final roadway paving was installed on Staniford Street, the project's portion of Lomasney Way and Causeway Street to Portland Street.  Final paving was also installed between Prince Street to Battery Street. 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.