Post Content

Framingham, Governor Patrick, Cochituate Trail, May 15, 2014Governor Deval Patrick today joined MassDOT Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola, federal, state and local officials to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Cochituate Rail Trail in Framingham.

The 1.4 mile Cochituate Rail Trail along abandoned railroad right-of-way will extend from School Street to Route 30 at the Natick Town line and connect a proposed residential development, the Natick Collection, TJX Corporate headquarters driveways and two MetroWest Regional Transit Authority bus routes. The $1.06 million project is funded by the federal Surface Transportation Program with matching state funds made available by legislative approval and Governor Patrick’s signing in April of the 2014 Transportation Bond Bill to invest in road, bridge, transit, trail and other critical transportation projects across the Commonwealth.

Today’s groundbreaking for the multi-use trail occurs as Massachusetts celebrates Bay State Bike Week, Saturday, May 10 through Sunday, May 18, a nationally-recognized statewide event to encourage bicycling as a fun, healthy, safe, and sustainable travel choice.

“By connecting homes with business, retail and transit, the Cochituate Trail will provide a healthy option that boosts economic growth and enhances quality of life,” said Governor Patrick.

“It is fitting that we celebrate this multi-use trail during our extremely successful Bike Week celebration,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “We are demonstrating once again our commitment to a statewide goal of tripling the share of travel by bicycling, transit and walking and to our “Complete Streets” approach to accommodate all transportation system users.”

The Town of Framingham has completed grading and sewer installation along the trail. The contractor for the Cochituate Rail Trail project is Century Paving and Construction Corp. of Fall River. The final work includes paving of the trail along with sidewalk construction, curbing, fences, bollards, benches, guard rail, landscaping and at-grade warning beacons.  The trail will be ADA accessible.  Completion of the project is scheduled for April 2015.

The Cochituate Rail Trail project reflects MassDOT’s GreenDOT initiative to incorporate sustainability into all activities, from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation. The initiative includes greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Patrick in 2008. This law requires an economy-wide 2020 emissions reduction mandate of between 10 and 25 percent toward a required 80 percent reduction by 2050. The transportation sector generates more than one-third of the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in Massachusetts.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Bike Plan: MassDOT to Join Lawrence Ciclovia posted on Aug 18

Bike Plan: MassDOT to Join Lawrence Ciclovia

MassDOT has announced that it is participating in the Lawrence Ciclovia event being held on Sunday, August 20 from 3 PM to 7 PM. Parts of Essex and Common Streets will be closed to cars but open to the public to enjoy biking, walking, skating,   …Continue Reading Bike Plan: MassDOT to Join Lawrence Ciclovia

Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Public Meeting Set posted on Aug 18

Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Public Meeting Set

MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project in Springfield as follows: Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, One Financial Plaza, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1350 Main Street, Springfield Please join MassDOT at a public information meeting for   …Continue Reading Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Public Meeting Set

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Framingham Commuter Rail Lot Ribbon Cutting posted on Aug 17

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Framingham Commuter Rail Lot Ribbon Cutting

The Baker-Polito Administration along with state and regional transit officials today celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Framingham Commuter Rail Station Parking Lot. Management of Framingham Commuter Rail Station, including the station’s parking areas, was transferred to the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) in a   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Framingham Commuter Rail Lot Ribbon Cutting