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Last updated: 9/19/17

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.

We are into the last stretch for the work from Staniford Street to Atlantic Avenue. That work will be completed this construction season. Work on the Blackstone Block and Constitution Road has started.

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

WEEK OF  september 18 through september 23, 2017

Keany Square: work focuses on completing the reconfiguration of the northeast corner of the Causeway/North Washington streets intersection. The first half of the sidewalk is placed and the remaining section follows on the 26th.  

Causeway St.: Remaining utility adjustments are completed. Note that First Realty continues its work with AJ Aulson on the Strada Building, the Aulson Company, which will be winding down before the Fall.  Note as well that the work at the Beverly St. extension has been completed and the sidewalk is now open the entire length of the block.   

On Atlantic Avenue, the work to complete the last portion of the cycle track curbing is completed.  

Paving of the roadway from Battery Wharf to Commercial Wharf will occur on Friday 9.22 and Saturday, 9.23 starting at 7 through 5 pm.  Parking is restricted and access into and out of parking lots and garages will face limited delays while the roadway sets up. 

On Union St, the Contractor continues the brick sidewalk installation at the Holocaust side of the street.  Work commences on Marshall St. to reset the second section of granite slabs and install new sidewalk. The Freedom Trail in front of the souvenir shop will be modified to install the granite pavers that are part of the trail. Salt Lane work is complete.

On Constitution Road, work will continue on underground drainage as well as the second section of new concrete sidewalk.  At the plaza, the next section of work  to clean and repoint pavers will begin. 

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24, 2017, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

In Keany Square, the reconstruction of the northeast corner  continues at the island reconstruction.  This intersection may be milled on Saturday in preparation for final paving.

On Causeway St., the roadway from Portland to Medford will be paved the night of Sunday 9.24 into Monday 9.25, to be complete before Monday morning commuter traffic.  Some side streets in the Bullfinch Triangle will be closed.  Please look for alternate routes in this area during this time.

In the recently paved areas, on Causeway St., Commercial St. and Atlantic Avenue, pavement markings, signage and work to complete traffic loops will commence. 

On Atlantic Ave,  work on the final section of cycle track in front of Christopher Columbus Park is complete.

.On the Blackstone Block, the new brick sidewalks in section 1 and 2 of Union St. continue.  Excavation will cross the roadway to install a new hydrant.  Note that parking restrictions will be enforced.   On Marshall St. the second section of granite slab is reset and cobblestones removed.   

Note that on Monday, 9.25 the film crew for the Equalizer 2 movie will be in the Block to film some night scenes.  Film equipment and vehicles will be on Blackstone St. for three days and access to Creek Square, Salt and Marsh Lanes will be restricted during filming.

On Constitution Road, installation of the second section of sidewalk  and curbing is ongoing.    Work continues on repointing and cleaning the plaza moving north. Underground drainage work continues.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 1, 2017, THROUGH OCTOBER 7, 2017

In Keany Square, utility work for roadway paving may begin if the road is milled.  The alternate date for milling in this area is October 7. 

Work continues in recently paved areas on Causeway St., Commercial St. and Atlantic Ave. to finish signage and signalization work 

At the Blackstone Block, work on section 3 (northeast area.) begins for new sidewalks. On Marshall St.  granite slabs and cobblestones work is ongoing. 

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

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.