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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 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 MARCH 27, 2017 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2017

Work will recommence with the removal of the median on Causeway Street just west of the Keany Square intersection (North Washington St/Causeway St.). The traffic signalization in this intersection has been modified in preparation of this work.  There is substantial work in this intersection, which will start with subsurface work followed by the curb line readjustments and new sidewalks.  The first work will be the subsurface work at the northeast corner of the intersection to install a new catch basin.

On Commercial Street moving to Atlantic Avenue, work will recommence to install under drains at the water side of the road.  Work starts across from Fleet St. moving to the beginning of Atlantic Avenue. 

WEEK OF  APRIL 3, 2017 THROUGH APRIL 10, 2017

Work continues in Keany Square with the relocation of the hydrant on the southeast corner of Causeway St.  

On Atlantic Avenue underdrain work is anticipated to be installed up to Commercial Wharf.

APRIL 10, 2017 THROUGH APRIL 14, 2017

 In Keany Square, the median on North Washington St. will be removed followed by the median at the east side of Causeway St.  Hydrant abandonments will occur at the end of the week.

On Commercial St. the crew will be excavating for the next run of curb, waterside, from Fleet St. to Atlantic Avenue.  

Additional crews are anticipated to be in place the week of April 17th. 

More details about our projects

The Blackstone Block
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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
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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
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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.