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Blackstone Block

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 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 believe we’ll finish our work by mid 2018. The general contractor for the project is P. Gioioso & Sons, Inc. of Hyde Park.

Have questions?

Contact Kay Barned Smith at, or by calling 617-635-3868.

Current construction


No work is anticipated on Causeway St. in this time period and limited work will be occurring on Commercial St. dependent on weather.  With the close of this construction period and the start of the winter moratorium, Connect Historic Boston can celebrate the milestones of  the completion of roadway work from the top of Staniford St. to Portland St.   The new traffic patterns are in place through Lowell Square and a portion of the cycle track has been made available for use.  Substantial portions of new sidewalks along Causeway have been completed, providing a more ample pedestrian zone for use.  On Commercial St. a major portion of all work has been completed from Prince St. to Battery St., including new sidewalks, new cycle track and new roadway.  Sidewalk reconstruction has been completed just shy of Eastern Ave on the waterside of the street, and multiple land side intersections have been installed.  Work that is suitable for winter conditions (subsurface work and curb installation) will be ongoing in a limited fashion on Commercial St./Atlantic Ave south of Eastern Avenue during the winter if weather permits. In the meantime enjoy the holidays and be warm for the winter.  Please contact Kay Barned-Smith at the City of Boston should any issues or questions arise.

WEEK OF  MARCH 20, 2017 THROUGH APRIL 17, 2017

Depending on weather, mobilization may begin for the completion of the cycle track on Causeway Street and the completion of the remaining sidewalk work from Beverly St. to Prince St.  Preparation for the remaining reconstruction work recommences at Battery St. at unfinished driveways and the remaining work beyond Eastern Avenue is prepped for work start up. Some limited enabling work may begin during mild weather days.  

APRIL 17, 2017 - Anticipated end of the City of Boston's winter construction moratorium

More details about our projects

The Blackstone Block

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.

We’ve rescheduled this work to start early 2017.

Connect Historic Boston Bicycle Trail

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.

Phase one of the work started in April 2015 on Staniford Street and will continue through November 2015 along Causeway Street to the intersection of North Washington Street. We also plan for limited construction through the winter. Phase Two construction picks up again in April 2016, and work will continue into mid 2017.

Joy Street

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.