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Bruce Freeman Trail Phase 2c Ribboncutting, September 2019MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver today joined members of the Massachusetts Legislature and officials from the Town of Concord at a ribbon cutting event for Phase 2C of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail project.

The $6.3 million Phase 2C project involved constructing a 2.8-mile trail from Commonwealth Avenue to Powder Mill Road as part of the larger Bruce Freeman Rail Trail project. Work also included reconstruction of the intersection of Main Street and Commonwealth Avenue, with new traffic signals installed, as well as the installation of crossing gates where the trail crosses over the Fitchburg MBTA Commuter Rail Line.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail New September 2019Named in memory of former State Representative Bruce Freeman, the rail trail, when completed, will extend approximately 25 miles, connecting Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Carlisle, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and Framingham. This is a three-phased construction project, with each of the phases developed by the communities through which the trail passes. Phase 1 of the project, which involved the construction of 6.8 miles of path in Lowell, Chelmsford, and Westford, was completed in 2009.

In 2017, the Baker-Polito Administration established an Interagency Trails Team which is led by the Governor’s office and is comprised of staff from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The purpose of the team is to help develop a unified vision for a trails network and translate that into strategic investments, policy innovation to facilitate the development of trails, and an enhanced relationship with municipal partners.

MassDOT’s 5-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) sets aside $180 million for multi-use pathways construction. Other efforts to strengthen multimodal transportation include the Administration’s Complete Streets Funding Program, which has awarded over $30 million to municipalities throughout the Commonwealth to build pedestrian, bicycle and access to transit accommodations, and a $60 million program for high-priority projects identified in the Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans.

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