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Assabet River Rail Trail, Maynard, Groundbreaking, July 21, 2016MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin today joined local legislators 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 MBTA South Acton Commuter Rail station.

The 3.4 mile project includes a multi-use trail from the Maynard/Stow town line through Maynard, along the abandoned Boston & Maine Railroad and through developed areas of Maynard to the South Acton Commuter Rail Station.

The project also includes replacement of the existing bridges at Tobin Park in Maynard and Mill Pond in Acton.

“I am excited to see this project begin construction. When the Assabet River Rail Trail project is completed, it will be a great example of multi-modal transportation alternatives to driving that will give Commuter Rail riders a new way to get to their train,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin.

The 12-foot wide trail will be paved and include a two-foot wide shoulder of grass, stone dust or paved depending upon the location. The trail will also include 9 crossings with existing roadways. Signage, pavement markings and traffic control measures will be installed at each location.

“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,” State Senator 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. I applaud the Baker-Polito Administration for their support of this project, and I will continue advocating to connect the ARRT between Maynard and Hudson, to Acton and Stow.”

MassDOT funds are paying for the project construction. MassDOT funds, along with a local municipal match, paid for the project’s design.

The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2018.

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