A walk up Mass. Ave.

Come with me to see how things stand, generally, on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington at the start of 2015.

New and old hydrants stand sentry duty in front of the Trinity Baptist Church in East Arlington.

DURING: New and old hydrants stand sentry duty in front of the Trinity Baptist Church in East Arlington on November 23.

Just one hydrant there.

AFTER: By December 8 the old hydrant had been removed.

Hydrant relocation, where specified, entails putting a new hydrant in at the new location and then removing the old one.

The above sequence captures the progress at one location on Mass. Ave. (There’s no “before” photo.) There was similar work at Lafayette Street on December 4.

Windsor

Messy but walkable: Materials and gear remain parked on-site over the winter. View at Windsor St.

We are walking east to west on the north side of Mass. Ave.

That was the site of most of the work, and all of the new sidewalk, in 2014.

Things are generally tidier than they were at Thanksgiving, but some rough spots remain.

Keepers were protected, but other trees were culled in 2014. View is west approaching Marathon St.

Keepers were protected, but other trees were culled in 2014. View is west approaching Marathon St.

MassDOT repeatedly warned that workers would remove many trees in the construction zone, and in November they finally did.

Trees not marked for death got wrapped in wood last July.

The landscaping plan calls for replacement trees to be planted in 2016, but these will take years to grow to comparable heights

Most construction equipment and materials are tucked away at the Grafton St. Staging Area.

Most equipment and materials are tucked away at the Grafton St. Staging Area.

Reflectorized orange-and-white traffic barrels are everywhere, marking the new sidewalk bump-outs and also bumps and pitfalls in the pedestrian zone.

This barrel warns of pedestrian hazard by Bates Rd.

This barrel warns of a hazard by Bates Rd.

A cotillion of barrels marks the Harlow St. bump-out.

A cotillion of barrels marks the Harlow St. bump-out.

The new sidewalk stretches from just after Grafton Street to the western edge of the project across from Pond Lane.

Within that zone, however, there are unfinished areas with temporary asphalt sidewalk, such as at Bates Road and Foster Street.

Asphalt

Bates Rd. residents and others must endure temporary asphalt sidewalks this winter.

Curb fill.

Curb fill.

In lieu of grass, workers filled the sidewalk borders with a mixture of dirt and gravel. The last of this went in during the first week of December.

The new sidewalk ends where the project does (below), across from Pond Lane within sight of the fire station in Arlington Center.

Sidewalk work won’t resume until April, but other smaller projects could be undertaken at any time during the winter and early spring, conditions permitting.

There’s been no work of any kind since December 8,

Where the sidewalk ends: The northwest corner of the Mass. Ave. Project.

Where the sidewalk ends: The northwest corner of the Mass. Ave. Project.

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