Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Assabet River Rail Trail - Jan 2017

February 8, 2017: New bridge being lifted (and lowered) into place.
The bridged is fenced at both ends until the approaches are completed.
New photos on status of Assabet River Rail Trail, Maynard and Acton, Massachusetts, as of late January 2017. There has been a tremendous amount of work done in Maynard, much less in Acton. In Maynard, all parts widened and railroad ties removed. Two-thirds of the Trail has received preliminary paving (there will be another layer added later this year). Traffic control signs are mostly installed. 

February 8th saw the replacement footbridge in Maynard lowered into place by a crane. Next steps are installing lighting and construction of the approaches. 

In Acton, the focus has been on the boardwalks over wetlands in front of and to the north side of The Paper Store building, on Route 27. Farther north, the old Acton bridge, over Fort Pond Brook, has been removed. Grading and filling ongoing. Nothing paved yet.  

Other sets of construction photos posted in November, October and December. The overall schedule calls for the complete 3.4 miles from near Acton train station to Maynard:Stow border to be completed by fall 2017, with landscaping (tree planting, etc.) wrapped up in early 2018.

Click on any photo to enlarge:


January 27: The frame of the replacement footbridge over the Assabet River
was assembled in the parking lot behind Gruber Bros Furniture.


Pilings being installed just south of the SAAB dealership (upper left), on
Route 27, in Acton, will support a boardwalk crossing 100 yards of wetlands.

The trestle bridge over Fort Pond Brook, Acton, has been removed, and
preparations are underway to install a new bridge. Timing: Summer 2017.

Januay 27, 2017: Absence of snow and above freezing temperatures
made for fast work as scores of ARRT-related signs installed in Maynard.



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