The first phase of the long-awaited Bruce Freeman Rail Trail opens Saturday, August 29, in Chelmsford ceremonies joined by MassHighway Commissioner Luisa Paiewonsky.
The 6.8 mile trail along an abandoned rail line winds throgh Westford, Chelmsford, and Lowell. Construction of the $5.35 million trail was overseen by MassHighway and includes a ten-foot wide trail crossing four bridges. It is open to cycling, jogging, walking, and cross-country skiing.
There are four parking lots along the trail in Chelmsford. Phase 2 will extend the Trail from Westford to Sudbury with Phase 3 from Sudbury to Framingham. On completion, the trail will span 25 miles.