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From the Community Development Department, July 8: The city has opened a multi-use path at Flagstaff Park, next to and part of Cambridge Common on the Massachusetts Avenue side, that creates a protected, two-way bicycle and pedestrian connection between Harvard Square and Massachusetts Avenue northbound.

“This area has been a missing link for pedestrians and cyclists for many years and will create safer connections to many area destinations,” said Bill Deignan, transportation program manager for the city’s Community Development Department.

The city and state Department of Transportation are working together to rehabilitate the common and improve conditions for it users and travelers along the section of Massachusetts Avenue from Garden Street to Waterhouse Street.

After years of planning and securing $5.1 million of local, state and federal funding, the project began in 2014 and is anticipated to be substantially complete by the end of this year. The remainder of the work includes replacing all pathway surfaces on the common to meet disability access codes, replacing and upgrading all benches and trash cans, planting more than 100 trees, improving drainage and turf surfaces and replacing the lighting system to one using energy-efficient fixtures.

Information on this or other projects is here.