Expansion of shared-use paths is moving forward following MBTA Board approval this month of three 99-year leases with Saugus, Lynn and Methuen. The Lynn and Saugus leases are part of the larger Northern Strand Community Trail (aka Bike to the Sea Trail). When completed, the Northern Strand will extend 9.7 miles through five communities. The Northern Strand is also a key component of the North Shore corridor of the Bay State Greenway and included in the Bay State Greenway Priority 100, shared-use path segments that are MassDOT’s top trail priorities.
The Town of Saugus leased a 2.4-mile long section of the former Saugus Branch right of way extending between the Revere city line to the south and the Lynn city line to the north.
The City of Lynn leased a 1.8-mile long section on the same former Saugus Branch right of way extending between the Saugus town line and the end of the line in west Lynn.
The City of Methuen leased a 2-mile long section of the former Manchester and Lawrence Branch right of way to the New Hampshire state line, where the proposed trail will ultimately connect to the Granite State Rail Trail at the northern end and to a planned path in the City of Lawrence to the south.
MassDOT supports the construction of shared use paths, such as the Northern Strand, on abandoned railroad right-of-ways to provide healthy and sustainable transportation and support two MassDOT core livability initiatives:
- Healthy Transportation Compact, an inter-agency initiative that promotes public health and active transportation
- MassDOT’s GreenDOT Sustainability Policy, whose central goals include reducing GHG emissions and promoting healthy transportation.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced