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
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Project Update Status
April 2, 2015
Spring is Here and MCRT – Norwottuck Reconstruction Resumes!
What a long winter it has been. The snow is finally melting, and contractors are back out on the trail. The scope for the next several weeks includes:
- Excavating the old trail from Station Road to Southeast Street
- Re-grading and compact the sub-surface
- Repaving this entire section
- Restoring and repaving the Station Road parking area
- Installing signs, kiosks, amenities and additional landscaping
Station Road to Southeast Street Closed!
The final section of the reconstruction project, Southeast Street to Station Road in Amherst, will be closed including the parking lot at Station Road. Commuters and recreational users should plan to find detours and other locations to access the trail.
A potential detour is available for both of this sections. MassBike has posted potential detour information at https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zo7mIE2b5EJY.ksqJjCggDt-I
Current Anticipated Schedule and Closures:
At this time, we expect the following schedule of path closures. All dates are subject to change.
Type of Work
Possible On-Road Alternatives
|Cross Path Rd., Hadley to East St., Hadley|
|Path re-paving, new parking and amenities|
|Connecticut River Bridge to Cross Path|
|Bridge re-decking and repairs, path repaving.|
|Damon Rd. parking lot|
|Redesign, expansion and repaving of the lot.|
East St., Hadley, to
South Maple St., Hadley
|Repaving and boardwalk|
|South Maple St., Hadley, to Rt. 116, Amherst|
|Repaving, bridge repair, and picnic area.|
|Rt. 116, Amherst – Southeast Street, Amherst|
|Excavation, repaving, bridge repair, and stream restoration.|
|South East St., Amherst to Station Rd., Amherst||April, 2015 through June, 2015||Excavation, repaving, and parking lot renovation||South East St. to Station Rd.|
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.
Thank you for your patience and support.
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