The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, along with the Cities of Everett, Malden, Revere, and Lynn, and the Town of Saugus, today announced that design work to complete the remaining sections of the Northern Strand Community Trail will begin April 11, 2018 and last until early May. The trail, which will remain open to the public as field design work takes place, is part of a commitment of at least $1.5 million by the Baker-Polito Administration to fund designs for the Northern Strand Community Trail in Everett, Lynn, Malden, Revere, and Saugus. In May and June, stakeholder engagement sessions will be held in each of the five communities to allow residents the opportunity to provide comment on trail design and construction.
Field work for the design process will include environmental resource area flagging by staff from LEC Environmental, traffic counts for roadways that the trail will cross by Stantec Engineering, and a topographical survey by SMC Surveyors. These firms, under the leadership of landscape architects Brown, Richardson, and Rowe, have been hired by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to design and permit the Northern Strand Community Trail.
The funding, awarded through EEA’s Gateway City Parks Program, enables the design of the trail, development of bid-ready construction documents, and receipt of all necessary construction permits. When completed, the trail will span ten miles and run through the communities of Everett, Lynn, Malden, Revere, and Saugus along the rail bed of the former Saugus Branch Railroad.
The investment to the Northern Strand Community Trail advances a key Baker-Polito Administration initiative. Recently, Governor Baker established an Interagency Trails Team, which is led by the Governor’s office and is comprised of staff from EEA, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), 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 innovations to facilitate development of trails, and shared partnerships with municipal partners. The Northern Strand Community Trail project is a direct result of the group’s “one team, one plan, one vision” approach to advance multi-use trails across the Commonwealth.
The portion of the Northern Strand Trail within the rail right of way will be designed by the team of Brown, Richardson, and Rowe, landscape architects, and Stantec engineers. A separate team hired by the City of Lynn and Solomon Foundation will design the on-road section of the route in Lynn. The teams will coordinate their efforts and produce a single unified design for project bidding and construction.
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