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Last updated: 7/12/17

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 St. to Atlantic Avenue and work will continue through the summer at various locations in this stretch.  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. Phase 2 work, the Blackstone Block, Constitution Road and Joy St, is  by WES Construction and started at the Blackstone Block and Constitution Road. Stakeholder meetings for the work at the Blackstone Block and Constitution Road have been held as well as a public meeting on June 15 for all work projects ongoing in the North End.

 

Have questions?

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

Current construction

WEEK OF  JULY 11, 2017, THROUGH JULY 15, 2017

During this week, work in Keany Square focuses on the reconfiguration of the Endicott/North Washington, Causeway streets intersection at the Fillipo's side.  Endicott Street is reconfigured to egress directly onto Causeway instead of onto North Washington St.  Also in Keany Square work on the opposite corner (northwest/Strada Building) the remaining sidewalk from mid-block to the corner is installed. On Saturday, July 15, the traffic signal strain poles and equipment will be installed crossing from Fillipo's to the Strada corner. Work on Saturdays in this intersection will be ongoing to the project's end.

On Commercial St./Atlantic Avenue, the sidewalk at Commercial Wharf (N) landside is installed and demolition at the south side begins.  Work to complete driveways at Sargents Wharf, Lewis Wharf and Union Wharf is ongoing.  These must be done one half at a time, with a week curing time, before the other half is completed.  On Atlantic Avenue, drainage work is completed.

On Union St, the Contractor has started the reconstruction of the sidewalk on Union St. south as well as setting up for work on Marshall St.

On Constitution Road,  traffic modifications have been installed and demolition of the south side from Warren St. to the plaza has begun.

WEEK OF JULY 17, 2017, THROUGH JULY 22, 2017

In Keany Square, the median on North Washington St (bridge side) will be removed and new signalization and traffic patterns installed for the northwest corner work to be performed. Reconfiguration of the Endicott St. corner continues with sidewalk and roadway reconstruction. On Saturday the 22nd, the new signalization for the intersection will be made operable.

On Causeway St. the cycle track from Friend to Legends Way will be completed.  The north curb islands are to be place with bituminous until the TDGarden project is complete. This interim condition will be in place for use until the end of 2018, at which point the permanent concrete north islands are installed.

On Atlantic Avenue, the curb and sidewalk at the south side of Commercial Wharf (landside) is installed, and the work at the Cross St. intersection begins.  The remaining drainage on Atlantic Avenue is completed.

At the Blackstone Block and Constitution Road, the sidewalk work continues.

WEEK OF JULY 24, 2017, THROUGH JULY 29, 2017

In Keany Square the portion of the sidewalk replacement at the Causeway/North Washington St  corner will commence (Strada corner). Work will be ongoing at the Fillipo's Restaurant intersection as well, involving the lowering of the roadway on Endicott St. and the installation of the curb for the new islands between Endicott and North Washington St. 

On Atlantic Ave. the first portion of the cycle track curb will be completed and drainage for the next portion started. 

On Atlantic Avenue the wheel chair ramp at Commercial Wharf is completed and work to install ramps and the driveway across from Richmond St begins. Two wheelchair ramps and a driveway are reconstructed in front of the park. 

At the Blackstone Block, work continues on  Union St. and Marshall St. On Constitution Road, demolition and reconstruction of the first half of the south side of Constitution Road continues as well as work on Salt Lane.

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.