Kevin Sweet, Town Administrator
195 Main St.
Maynard, MA 01754
For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Maynard Officials Break Ground on New Bike Path/Walking Trail To Connect with MBTA Station
MAYNARD – Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to announce that he joined MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin and local legislators today to break ground on the Assabet River Rail Trail construction project in Maynard.
The $6.7 million project links the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge with the downtown Maynard business district, as well as the South Acton Commuter Rail station. It also includes replacement of the existing bridges at Tobin Park in Maynard and Mill Pond in Acton.
Consisting of 3.4 miles of work, the project also includes a multi-use trail from the Maynard/Stow town line through Maynard, along the abandoned Boston and Maine Railroad and through developed areas of Maynard to the South Acton Commuter Rail Station.
“The Assabet River Rail Trail will connect towns, wildlife and business districts in a way they have never been connected before throughout Maynard and surrounding communities,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “We are proud to join the growing movement of constructing rail trails throughout Massachusetts and look forward to having this resource available to our residents.”
The 12-foot-wide trail will be paved and include a 2-foot-wide shoulder of grass, stone dust or pavement depending upon the location. The trail will also include nine crossings with existing roadways. Signage, pavement markings and traffic control measures will be installed at each location.
“The construction of the Assabet River Rail Trail is a key example of state and municipal partners in government coming together to improve the lives of the people we serve,” Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin said. “Through projects like these, we demonstrate that public space is a thing to be shared, whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist, or a driver commuting through the area. I am confident that we will deliver a project that residents and visitors of Maynard and Acton will be proud of.”
State Rep. Kate Hogan added that the project will give residents additional transportation methods.
“The Assabet River Rail Trail is an alternative transportation route to getting around town, making it easier for active residents to incorporate walking or biking into their routines,” State Rep. Hogan said. “Thank you to all of the local officials, volunteers, and community members who contributed to make this goal a reality.”
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge lauded the project for its multi-modal approach.
“As a long-time supporter of expanding rail trails, I am very pleased that the Maynard-Acton portion of the Assabet River Rail Trail begins construction this summer,” Sen. Jamie Eldridge said. “I want to express my deep gratitude to municipal officials and staff in the towns of Acton and Maynard, who advocated for funding for the trail expansion for decades, as well as the Friends of the Assabet River Rail Trail led by Tom Kelleher. Connecting downtown Maynard to the South Acton train station by a rail trail is a perfect example of multi-modal transportation.”
MassDOT funded construction of the project, and along with a local municipal match, paid for the project’s design. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2018.
This is a MassDOT press release.