The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Highway Division are working together to rehabilitate of the oldest sections of the 10.6 mile Norwottuck Rail Trail, which extends from Northampton to Belchertown, MA.  Design funding has been provided through a state and federal partnership between DCR, MassDOT, and the Federal Highway Administration.  Funding for the planned $4 million construction phase will come from federal and state funds set aside by Congressman John Olver in a federal transportation bill and by MassDOT. 

The scope of work for upgrades and safety improvements includes excavating and repaving the existing trail surface, widening up to 10-feet where possible, cutting of the trailside roots, enhancing the road crossings, changing the alignment at the Route 9 tunnel, adding turn-arounds and other universal access improvements, re-decking bridges, enhancing and installing new parking, and upgrading trail signage and other amenities.

Norwottuck Rail Trail Rehabilitation Project Updates

Occasionally during the life of this project, DCR will send out project updates informing the public of upcoming meetings or project milestones. If you would like to receive these updates, please subscribe here.

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Project Update Status

May 30, 2014



The Damon Road parking lot, Route 9 tunnel and the entire path from Northampton to South Maple Street in Hadley reopened this week, much to the delight of users.  There are still a few items of work to finish up here and there, so users should continue to obey all signs and worker instructions.



The section between South Maple Street and Route 116 in Amherst is now closed to the public. All users should find alternative routes and sections on which to recreate.  Please remind your friends to do the same.

MassBike has posted potential detour information at

Current Anticipated Schedule and Closures:

At this time, we expect the following schedule of path closures.  All dates are subject to change.


Expected Closure

Type of Work

Possible On-Road Alternatives

Cross Path Rd., Hadley to East St., Hadley




Connecticut River Bridge to Cross Path

Reopened! May, 2014

Bridge re-decking and repairs, path repaving.


Damon Rd. parking lot

Reopened! May, 2014

Redesign, expansion and repaving of the lot.


East St., Hadley, to

South Maple St., Hadley

Reopened! May, 2014

Repaving and boardwalk


South Maple St., Hadley, to Rt. 116, Amherst

May, 2014 through June / July, 2014

Excavation and repaving

Mill Valley Rd. / east Hadley Rd.

Rt. 116, Amherst, to

South East St., Amherst

July, 2014 through September 2014

Excavation and repaving

Mill Lane

South East St., Amherst to Station Rd., Amherst

September / October, 2014

Excavation and repaving

South East St. to Station Rd.


More Information?

DCR will continue to post information, updated schedules, and closures on this project web page.

We will also provide email  updates via our Norwottuck Reconstruction ListServe.  You can sign up for the ListServ at the link below.

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Thank you for your patience and support.