( 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].
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 –
Off Road Shared Use Path
(Railroad Avenue to Concord Town Line)
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.
VHB provided Selectmen with a “refresher” presentation.
Town/VHB hosted an open house for the project abutters to discuss the project status and any specific ROW questions/concerns, impacts, etc.
DPW staff met with Concord Road abutter to address his concerns regarding the Concord Road underpass.
Selectmen signed VHB contract amendment to fund design of the Concord Road underpass, and take the project to 100% design.
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.
DPH scheduled for February 6, 2020
Reports & Plans:
- Design Public Hearing Written Comment Responses March 12, 2020
- 25% Design Aerial Plans - Updated January 3, 2020
- 25% Design Color Plans – updated April 4, 2019
- Functional Design Report – 2017
- Project Summary to Date - 2017
- 25% Design Plan Submission – 2017
- Project Summary to Date - 2015
- Project Notification Form – 2009
- Minuteman West Bikeway Rail to Trail: Supplemental Feasibility Study – 2008
- West Bedford Bike Path Feasibility Study – 2005