Minuteman Bikeway Extension Project

Project News:

( 6/1/2020) The 25% Design Public Hearing was held by MassDOT on February 6, 2020 at Bedford Town Hall. Approximately 60 residents were in attendance. Comments were also accepted after the Hearing with an official written response provided by the consultant.

For additional information, please contact Jeanette Rebecchi, DPW Transportation Program Manager at [email protected].

Project Overview:

The Minuteman Bikeway, a popular rail trail for regional commuters and recreational users, currently ends at Depot Park near the intersection of South Road and Loomis Street. This project will extend the Bikeway to the Bedford/Concord Town Line via a paved 12-foot-wide path along the Reformatory Branch Trail. To connect the Bikeway to the Trail, the south side of Railroad Avenue will be made accessible to bicycles and pedestrians via a 10-foot-wide shared use path.

In 2017, The Town of Bedford’s engineering consultant, VHB, submitted 25% design plans to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Once MassDOT has reviewed the plans and the Town responds to their comments, a local hearing will be held to collect public comments and answer any questions. The Town had received approval from MassDOT in 2014 to use state and federal funding for construction. The project is now earmarked for the FY2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) at a projected cost of is $8,234,946. The Town is responsible for design costs and right-of-way acquisitions.

The following timeline is anticipated:

  • MassDOT 25% Design Public Hearing - February 6, 2020
  • 75% Design Development
  • Right-of-Way Acquisition
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Anticipated Construction –

Project Scope:



Railroad Avenue


  • 10’ wide separated shared use path along south side of Railroad Avenue
  • 4.5’ wide sidewalk along north side of Railroad Avenue
  • Installation of Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons at mid-block crossing adjacent to parking area
  • Upgrades to Railroad Avenue parking area

Off Road Shared Use Path

(Railroad Avenue to Concord Town Line)


  • 12’ wide paved, shared use path with 3’ shoulders
  • Access to adjacent pathways and side streets
  • 4’ tall split rail fencing along sections of steep grade
  • Installation of Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons at Hartwell Road crossing
  • Construction of new parking area at Lavender Lane
  • Upgrades to Concord Road parking area
  • Bikeway underpass at Concord Road (Route 62)
Project History:




A Reformatory Branch Rail to Trail feasibility study first examined extending the Minuteman Bikeway along the former Reformatory Branch of the B&M Railroad.


Town Meeting approves using bituminous asphalt surface for the off-road portion of the Bikeway, and approves extending the project from Concord Road to the Concord Town Line.

2010 – 2015

Bike accommodations along Railroad Avenue were extensively studied and discussed. A shared-use path, as recommended by MassDOT, was ultimately approved by the Selectmen at their May 11, 2015 meeting.


MassDOT approved the use of State and Federal funding.

2016 - 2017

MassDOT requested that an underpass be used at the Concord Road crossing for safety reasons. An analysis was conducted and presented to the Selectmen on February 13, 2017.


25% Design Plans submitted to MassDOT for review and comment. Project was approved for FY22 TIP funding.

February, 2019

VHB provided Selectmen with a “refresher” presentation.

April, 2019

Town/VHB hosted an open house for the project abutters to discuss the project status and any specific ROW questions/concerns, impacts, etc.

April, 2019

DPW staff met with Concord Road abutter to address his concerns regarding the Concord Road underpass. 

July, 2019

Selectmen signed VHB contract amendment to fund design of the Concord Road underpass, and take the project to 100% design.

Fall, 2019

VHB reached out to MassDOT to schedule Design Public Hearing (DPH). MassDOT requested that Bridge Sketch Plans and Geotechnical Report be submitted and approved for the proposed culvert at the Concord Rd crossing prior to scheduling the DPH.

January, 2020

DPH scheduled for February 6, 2020

Reports & Plans:

Public Presentations