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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 St. to Atlantic Avenue and work will continue through the summer at various locations in this stretch.  Work on the Blackstone Block, Constitution Wharf and Joy Street will commence shortly

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 our work by mid 2018. The general contractor for the first phase of the project is P. Gioioso & Sons, Inc. of Hyde Park. Phase 2 work, the Blackstone Block, Constitution Road and Joy St, will be performed by WES Construction and is anticipated to start mid-May. 

Have questions?

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

Current construction

WEEK OF  May 8, 2017 THROUGH may 13, 2017

The slow-moving work to install new street lighting and traffic signal conduits across the busy intersections of  Keany Square continues this week and focuses on the installation of conduit, electrical hand holes and foundations for traffic signals and equipment.   On Saturday, when traffic is lighter, the shoring required to cut and cap the hydrants will be removed and the excavation abackfilled. 

On Causeway St. the corner of Legends Way is now complete, and the final part of the new sidewalk in the block from Canal to Haverhill Streets will be completed. One incorrectly installed ramp will be removed and replaced. At the end of the week, the traffic lanes will shift in order to begin work on the remaining portion of the cycle track in the center of the road. The first section to be installed will be the median across from Portal Park.

On Commercial St. the hydrant at the Clark St. intersection will be relocated and the intersection work completed. Also beginning will be the installation of the new sidewalks from Eastern Avenue to Commercial Wharf starting with the excavation of existing material, re-grading of the substrate and then the installation of new concrete.

WEEK OF MAY 15, 2017 THROUGH MAY 20, 2017

 In Keany Square, the work of installing lighting and traffic signal conduit and hand holes continues; this work moves slowly due to the incremental nature of the work in order to maintain adequate traffic flow.  This work may continue on Saturday in an effort to move the work along. Any work associated with the hydrant abandonments will be completed this day.

On Causeway St. the construction of the cycle track will move to the portion that extends from Portland St. to Friend St.  The cycle track between Portland St. to Legends Way will have a permanent south curb in its final configuration and a bituminous curb on the north side.  The final curbing for the north side will be installed at the completion of the Hub on Causeway (HOC) project at the TDGarden by that project's developer.  However, the work installed by Connect Historic Boston will be complete enough to allow the use of the cycle track in the interim period before the completion of the HOC.

On Commercial St./Atlantic Ave.  concrete placement for new sidewalks on the waterside continues.  Also occurring this week is the placement of concrete at various nodes as needed.  Work to complete either the Fleet St. or the Richmond St. intersection, landside, may commence this week as well.

WEEK OF MAY 22, 2017 THROUGH MAY 26, 2017

In Keany Square the lighting and traffic signal conduit and hand hole installations continue.  On Friday, the work day be be truncated to accommodate the long weekend travel demand. Further south on Causeway St. construction of the next section of the cycle track, from Friend to Canal streets, commences.  

On Commercial St./Atlantic Ave. new sidewalks waterside should be complete to the north curb of the entry to the Commercial Wharf condominiums.  The project will leave the south curb and sidewalk at this driveway in a temporary condition as the association explores options to widen its driveway.  Connect Historic Boston work will pick up at the proposed ramp on Atlantic Avenue and continue on toward Cross St.

During this week, work will also include work at  the parking lots and garage entries on Commercial St. waterside.  This will be a slow progression of several weeks as only one-half to the driveway can be complete at a time in order to maintain access and to allow the concrete to set up.  

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.

We’ve rescheduled this work to start early 2017.

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.

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.