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Somerville Community Path Extension Ribbon Cutting, August 19, 2015MassDOT Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack today joined Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Congressman Michael Capuano, and elected officials to celebrate the extension of the multi-use Community Path, a project that extends the existing Community Path an additional quarter-mile, between Cedar Street and Lowell Street in Somerville. The extension traverses a historic railroad right-of-way that now offers public seating areas, exercise stations, and connections into the Clyde Street and Maxwell’s Green neighborhood as well as the Visiting Nurses Association assisted living community on Lowell Street.

“By helping to complete the Community Path Extension, MassDOT is demonstrating our continued support for multi-modal travel as well as promoting recreational transportation opportunities for the Somerville community,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “This project stands as a terrific example of our goals at MassDOT to incorporate sustainability into our activities, from strategic planning to project design and construction, which result in improved services that meet today’s demand for transportation choices.”

With community dialogue about design, work to address the historic rail right-of-way, and requirements for an environmental cleanup along the rail line, the Community Path has been the result of many entities working together.

“The extension of the Community Path to Lowell Street has been a long time coming for Somerville residents and advocates, and I want to commend Governor Baker, Secretary Pollack, and the former administration under Governor Patrick for funding this important project not just for the City of Somerville, but for the entire region,” said Mayor Curtatone. “With this latest extension of biking and walking infrastructure, we continue our path to becoming the most walkable and bikeable community in the nation.”

“I am pleased that the Community Path extension is opening. This is exactly the type of project which the federal government – including an earmark that I secured – should be involved in,” said Congressman Capuano. “The Community Path has been critically important in re-knitting the Somerville community and offering a safe, convenient way for walkers and bikers to move easily through Somerville. I commend all those involved, in particular the local residents who have shown such commitment.”

“The Community Path extension will allow Somerville residents an opportunity to enjoy this space year round, and provide easier bike and pedestrian access to local neighborhoods and destinations,” said Senator Pat Jehlen. “Somerville has been fighting for this extension for a long time and I am happy to celebrate its opening.”

“The path is one of the most popular and well-used public spaces in Somerville. I applaud all who have worked so hard to make the Cedar-to-Lowell Street extension a reality,” said State Representative Denise Provost.

Connecting to Lowell Street via an elevated walkway, the Community Path has a new concrete pavement surface and a new rubberized walking surface to allow for walkers, runners, and cyclists. The $2.2 million project was designed by Weston Sampson on behalf of the City of Somerville with the contractor MDR Construction Co., Inc.

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