Week of July 4, 2022

Crews continue work on the Western Avenue utility crossing which involves temporarily relocating a section of Kresge Way and some pedestrian and vehicular shifts on Western Avenue to accommodate underground utility trenches and work zones. The work will take place for the next 12 months and will be coordinated with University operations.

Kresge Way Temporary Relocation and Gas Line Relocation

As part of Harvard’s infrastructure improvements in Allston, the University will be extending thermal piping and electrical/telecommunications duct banks from the District Energy Facility across Western Avenue to Kresge Way, the main driveway into the HBS campus.

Crews continue constructing a temporary relocated section of Kresge Way to the west of the existing drive.

  • Approximately five parking spaces were taken out of service.
  • Light poles are being removed.
  • Fencing and jersey barriers are set up with temporary lighting.
  • Grading and curb removal is underway.
  • Paving and striping will take place.

After completion, traffic and pedestrians will relocate to this interim drive during the utility crossing work on Western Avenue, targeting the week of July 11th.

Also crews are working with National Grid who are installing a relocated natural gas pipe on Kresge Way and connecting to the main on Western Avenue. Kresge Way remains open to vehicles and pedestrians. The activity is expected to take two to four days to complete with traffic shifting around the work zone as needed (with HUPD detail). 

Western Avenue Utility Crossing

Preparation work for the utility crossing at Western Avenue continues next week with more intensive activity beginning later this month. The work is expected to take 12-months to complete and will allow for expansion of the Harvard’s Allston energy infrastructure. Supporting vehicular, cycling and pedestrian flow, a phased approach is being used to install hot water and chilled water supply and return piping, telecommunications and electrical duct banks across the width of Western Ave. The construction activity consists of six phases to excavate two trenches the width of Western Avenue. Only a third of the roadway will be a construction zone allowing for two open vehicular traffic lanes at all times, one in each direction.

  • A detailed traffic management plan is in place always maintaining two lanes of traffic and will take advantage of the pedestrian rerouting to the sidewalk in front of the Harvard Business School for the sewer tie in closer to Hague Street on Western Avenue for the first phase of work this summer.
  • Initial work installing utility monitoring points and drilling piles continues on Western Avenue near the construction site and will have limited traffic or pedestrian impact.
  • Later next week installation of piles for supporting the trenches will begin.
  • Abutters can anticipate intermittent noise during excavation including use of a vacuum truck and drill rig.
  • Appropriate signage and police details will be in place.
  • Work is scheduled to take place in close coordination with Business School/Housing/Transportation operations.
  • During project hours 7AM to 3PM (at times may extend to 6PM), the work will generate noise due to the presence of work crews and the use of construction equipment needed to perform this work.
  • Crews will being working intermittently on Saturdays starting July 9th.
  • Crews will not be working July 4th holiday weekend.

DEF Thermal and Electrical Duct Bank Installation

  • Work under the future East Drive to the future Treehouse Conference Center continues behind the construction fence with the Enterprise Research Campus (ERC) Phase 1A construction teams on the southside of Western Ave.
  • All are working in coordination with National Resilience.

Sewer Tie-in at Western Avenue

A separate ERC enabling project’s month-long, sewer tie-in at Western Avenue closer to Hague Street has begun. Crews are finishing up work at the manhole in the center of Western Avenue and will not be working the July 4th holiday weekend.  Next week starting on Tuesday the work zone will shift on Western Avenue closer to the ERC construction site.  A vacuum truck will be used for trench excavation.  Pedestrian traffic has shifted to the Harvard Business School sidewalk between Hague Street and the National Resilience entrance, and vehicular traffic will shift around the sewer manhole and the work zone on Western Avenue. Traffic lanes will be maintained in both directions, and noise will be intermittent.  Appropriate signage and police details will be in place.