Community Path Extension Reply

Currently the Somerville Community Path connects with the Linear Path at Davis Square and ends at Cedar Street. The proposal is to extend it along the train right-of-way to the Inner Belt area and on into Boston.

 

Time Frame

  • 2-7 years
  • Parallels Green Line Extension

Status

  • (8/19/15) Extension to Lowell Street Ribbon Cutting Scheduled.
  • (11/21/11) Design public hearing.

Monitor

  • Possible contamination from the MaxPak project, which requires brownfields mitigation.
  • Progress on project, which has been delayed due to lack of funding.

Risks

  • Lack of funding.
  • Legal liability issues.
  • Contamination due to adjacent construction (cf. MaxPack).
  • Integration with Green Line Extension.

Mitigation

  • Continue advocating for funding.
  • Develop solutions to liability issues.
  • Advocate for good integration with Green Line Extension.

Background

History

  • (12/5/10) Engineering Design Consultant for the Community Path out for bid, contract term from 1/1/2011 through 12/31/2012.
  • Demolition of the existing rails from Cedar Street to around Central Street done as part of the MaxPack development near Lowell Street. Bike path contamination may be an issue.
  • As of 5/0910, extension from Cedar Street to Central to bid Fall 2010, construction to begin Spring 2011.
  • Phase 1 Construction included in FY 2011 Draft Transportation Improvement Plan

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