Boston University: Student Village Phase 2

The Commonwealth Avenue Improvement Project, a Massachusetts Highway Department project endorsed by the City of Boston and Boston University, is a major public works initiative designed to enhance pedestrian safety and beautify the urban landscape from Kenmore Square to Amory Street, just west of the BU Bridge. The project contractor, McCourt Construction Company, began work in late August. While the end result of this two-year project will be a significant improvement to BU’s main thoroughfare, both the University and the surrounding community will likely experience some disruption during the project period. In an effort to lessen the impact of such disruption, the University offers this informational website featuring project updates from the MHD and McCourt Construction that will help you plan your activities with as little inconvenience as possible. Subscribe to receive these updates via e-mail, and come back often to see what's new.


The information on this site regarding the scheduling and timing of work is based on information provided to Boston University by the Massachusetts Highway Department or McCourt Construction Company. Boston University is not responsible for any errors or inaccuracies, nor for any change in schedule for such work.

Project Updates

19 March 10

Work Crews on Commonwealth Avenue near BU Bridge

Boston Water and Sewer Commission has notified Boston University that their contractor, N. Granese & Sons, Inc. will be re-lining the water main on the outbound side of Commonwealth Avenue, in the vicinity of the BU Bridge for the next (2) weeks from 9:30 AM - 3PM. Expect traffic delays and re-routing of pedestrian traffic near the BU Bridge.  The completion date is scheduled for April 2.  Boston Police details will be in the area to assist with traffic re-routing and safety.  If there are any emergencies related to this project, please call the emergency desk at 617-353-2105

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11 September 08

Crosswalk work in front of Marsh Chapel

Effective Monday, September 15, crews will be working on the outbound side of Commonwealth Avenue in front of Marsh Chapel, installing brick and granite crosswalks. Expect lane restrictions and traffic delays for the next (3) weeks depending on the weather. Use caution when in the area. Police detail will be directing vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

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25 July 08

Paving crews have halted work along Commonwealth Avenue
Paving crews on Commonwealth Avenue have stopped the paving detail until Wednesday, July 30 when crews will resume where they left off.

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16 July 08

Repaving Commonwealth Avenue inbound and outbound
Paving crews have begun paving the final wearing surface on the inbound side of Commonwealth Avenue from the BU Bridge to Kenmore Square. Once the inbound side is completed crews will begin the same process on the outbound side. Expect crews to be working on Commonwealth Avenue for the next two week. Allow for traffic delays and lane restrictions.

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30 June 08

BU Central stop not available Wednesday July 2, 2008

Due to construction on the Green Line in the vicinity of St. Mary's Street and Marsh Chapel, the "T" will not  stop at its regularly scheduled BU Central stop. You may get off and on at BU East (near Granby St.) or BU West (near Amory St.).The BU Central stop will be out of commission all day Wednesday July 2, and will be back in operation on Thursday July 3.



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