Sherman Street Construction Update

September 06, 2018

UPDATE from the City of Cambridge as of 9/7/2018

Dear Sherman Street Neighbors,
As part of our commitment to keeping you up to date on the latest information about the Sherman Street Quiet Zone we will be sending you a weekly email update. Also, during the week updates are being posted on the website as they are available (

Some of the key updates from this past week are:
  • Construction of the safety improvements required for the quiet zone began on Tuesday, September 4th. Work will continue for at least the next week. 
  • Traffic detours on Sherman Street will continue as the median is installed on each side of the railroad crossing. Sherman Street from Walden Street to the railroad crossing will be closed to thru traffic in the northbound direction during daytime construction but will remain open to abutters, local residents, and anyone with a local destination south of the railroad crossing. Pedestrian access across the tracks will be maintained in both directions at all times. Variable message boards and detour signs are in place.
  • The Notice of Establishment for the quiet zone was issued on Friday August 24. The notice indicates the quiet zone will be established on September 15, 2018 at 12:01 am. This reflects the 21day time frame required by Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations for establishing quiet zones. 
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during construction. We look forward to the implementation of the quiet zone on the 15th.
We will continue to provide additional updates as they become available.


Greeting CMS Parents and Community:

Thank you for being so gracious and patient during this period of returning to school during the Sherman Street construction (near the railroad crossing opposite the Elementary School building on Sherman Street). We understand that the first phase of this work, which shuts down traffic on Sherman Street, is nearing completion.  Will will continue to update you routinely on the City's progress and timeline.

A friendly reminder -- we have worked hard to culivate a positive relationship with our neighbors and friends on Bellis Circle. For that, and the safety of our children, we are reminding parents and friends to please refrain from using the parking lot exit on Bellis Circle, and kindly use the Sherman Street opening instead.

Thank you again for your continued patience. We truly appreciate it and hope to update you again soon. 


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