Cambridge Water Department

Open Issues: 51 Closed Issues: 1,884 Acknowledged Issues: 74
Watching issues created after: 2011-10-19

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  • Pearl Street Cambridge, Massachusetts - Cambridgeport
    The major snow emergency routes throughout Cambridgeport (Putnam, Magazine, Pearl, Brookline) have barely been plowed! I am shocked not to have seen a snow removal vehicle since early Friday morning. Compared to other parts of the city, nearby cities (e.g. Watertown) and Cambridge's historic effectiveness at ensuring streets are passable, the Cambridgeport neighborhood seems to have been forgotten this week. There will certainly be problems once school buses are trying to navigate tomorrow, and this should be anticipated and avoided.
  • 1 Main St Cambridge Massachusetts - East Cambridge

    In the Main St WB bike lane there are 2 sets of 2 pipe holes in the street that are very deep in the pavement and pose a serious hazard to cyclists, who are likely to be riding at high speed coming off of the downhill at the end of the Longfellow Bridge. They are unmarked and nearly impossible to see at night.

    Please smooth out the pavement around the pipes so that they are not so hazardous and mark them with bright colors so that they are easily visible to cyclists at night.

  • 730 Memorial Drive Cambridge, Massachusetts - Cambridgeport
    There is poor drainage at the entrance to the Trader Joe's/Micro Center parking lot, right where the sidewalk/bike path crosses. It floods every time it rains and in the cold weather it freezes, making an impossible spot for bikes and pedestrians. It's not easy to just cross to the other side of Memorial Drive, I am forced to either bike with car traffic or get my feet and wheels (and brakes) covered in water and ice - very unsafe either way. Flooding at this spot has been an issue for a long time, I don't know why it has never been addressed.
  • Sidewalk Defect Acknowledged
    148 Pleasant Street Cambridge, MA - Cambridgeport
    After recent sidewalk crossing repairs, water pools at the corner of Putnam and Pleasant Streets. Water does not drain until it becomes very deep water. There was not a problem with draining prior to these repairs. The sidewalk is angled at each crossing so the water pours away from the street, not towards the street. This can be fixed if the sidewalk is angled back to be lower towards the street than the house there - which will result in pedestrians not having to walk into the street to avoid the flooded area.
  • 30 Lancaster Street Cambridge, Massachusetts - Neighborhood 9
    This Nissan suv Mass plate number 3902DA is leaking a river of gasoline onto the street. The area 20 feet around the vehicle reeks of the stench. A lit cigarette tossed out a car window could ignite it and cause a huge fire, possibly even an explosion.
  • 937-951 Memorial Dr Cambridge, MA, 02138, USA - Riverside

    The much anticipated Memorial Drive pedestrianization opened up thousands of acres of new parkland for Cambridge residents to enjoy this last weekend, amounting to the creation of a previously unimaginable public resource for our community. It would normally cost billions to acquire such beautiful river-side parkland, but we got it for free!

    Cambridge/DCR has called this a pilot project that is subject to evaluation, but I'm afraid we are going to have the wool pulled over our eyes and lose this awesome new resource on a whim. I could imagine both realities: "It has been closed because not enough people are using it"/"It has been closed because too many people are using it." We have been told that the new space is under study, but I have been unable to find any information about metrics that will be used in the evaluation.

    I would like to request that the city calculate essential health and environmental indicators that may be currently getting ignored. We will certainly see benefits in Disability-Adjusted Life Years, reduced noise levels, lower air pollution, for example, especially for the thousands to tens of thousands of people who live within ear-shot of Mem Drive. Perhaps residents along the water will have enjoyed their first week of uninterrupted sleep since moving in. Is it ethical to allow cars back on this now-public space? Do we really need 60+ MPH highways on both sides of the river (we all know how fast people actually travel on these roads)?

    Please consider this a request for public information. Perhaps a website explaining the evaluation rubric?

  • 320 Rindge Avenue Cambridge, MA - North Cambridge
    Pedestrian reports missing crosswalk sign here. Today Water Dept worked at this location. Residents put a temporary "sandwich board" indicating crosswalk for students to identify crosswalk, but that disappeared today. Resident is not sure why the temporary sandwich board sign had to be removed. Please reinstall the crosswalk sign or provide some temporary indicator for students to safely cross Rindge Ave. This is a high traffic area and should not be unmarked.
  • 56 Putnam Ave Cambridge 02139 United States - Riverside
    Water continually runs from this drainpipe from the basement. It is always wet and cars splash the puddle it makes onto the sidewalk. In winter it freezes and makes ice making it difficult to walk on. I am in my mid 80’s, handicapped with a cane and trying to walk my dog. It’s nightmare!
  • Lot C Leonard Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02143, United States of America - Mid-Cambridge
    I realize it's early on in the snow storm. And we didn't even get that much snow. However the bike lane snow was plowed and piled into Leonard Av in a residential spot. This large pile of snow is blocking a storm drain as well. Given the flood warnings etc. this is not an acceptable practice by the bike lane plowing. Last winter this same practice occurred and caused flooding in the cross walk etc. in larger storms with parking bans it takes away from places to park on an already congested street because of all the parking lost during the cambridge street reconstruction/ redesign. This practice needs to be addressed asap. If they want bike lanes in the winter the city should spend the money to remove the snow. And not place it on storm drains and people's only place of residential parking on their street! I pay 25 dollars for a parking space each year a bike pays nothing. It's not unreasonable to ask for a space and a non flooded street. End rant
  • Other Archived
    289 Third St Cambridge, MA 02142, USA - East Cambridge
    Third Sq is still using bike lanes as constant resident dropoff. Unprotected lane aside (really, even some green paint might help), what outreach has the city done with the property managers to address this issue? This letting is the biggest offender on third, beyond the spot in front of tate and watermark.
  • 2 Gerrys Landing Rd Cambridge 02138, United States - West Cambridge
    Water fountain along the bike path in front of Cambridge Boat Club is not on and is in dire need of repair. Please fix this ASAP, this is a safety issue as the days get hotter and more humid many runners and cyclists depend on these fountains working.
  • Gas Leak Archived
    157 Garden St Cambridge, Massachusetts - Neighborhood 9
    There is a strong smell of gas at the corner of Garden ST and Walden ST, right next to 157 Garden. This has been going on for a long time - the odor is powerful and nauseating, and it appears dangerous to have a gas leak right next to houses and a school. When does the city plan to have this gas leak fixed?