The construction phase of the HarborWalk Improvements and Shoreline Stabilization project is expected to begin on Monday, July 28. During construction, which is expected to last several months, the HarborWalk will be rerouted via a detour through campus.
This $4 million project is designed to restore and stabilize an 800-foot stretch of shoreline on the north side of campus, between the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and Harbor Point apartments. A paved walkway closer to the waterfront will replace the current path. The new stretch will feature benches, lighting, gathering spaces, native plants, interpretive signs with historical narratives, and an area to display artwork.
The detour route will lead HarborWalk walkers, joggers, and bicyclists off the waterfront at the Massachusetts Archives, then to the new walkway along University Drive north, before rejoining the HarborWalk at Harbor Point apartments.
The construction project, which will place 5,400 tons (10.8 million pounds) of stone along the shoreline, is expected to be completed in January 2015, with plantings to be put in place in the spring.