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.
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November 21, 2013
The first course of pavement has now been laid between East Street and South Maple Street in Hadley. Work is on-going on the new boardwalk at the Route 9 tunnel. The tunnel and boardwalk area are expected to remain closed for the remainder of the winter, so commuters will need to find alternate routes. MassBike has posted potential detour information at https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zo7mIE2b5EJY.ksqJjCggDt-I
Work is also beginning on the section between the Connecticut River bridge and Cross Path Road in Hadley.
Repairing the Bridge
Crews on the Connecticut River Bridge have been removing vegetation from the piers, and re-pointing the mortar in the piers, originally opened in 1887. They will soon begin removing and replacing the bridge decking.
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||Reopened!|
|Damon Rd. parking lot, Connecticut River Bridge to Cross Path||September 30, 2013 to April, 2014||Bridge re-decking and repairs, path repaving.||Sidewalks, Damon Rd. to Coolidge Bridge to Cross Path.|
East St., Hadley, to
South Maple St., Hadley
October 15, 2013 to
|Repaving and boardwalk||East St. to Rocky Hill Rd. to North Maple St.|
|South Maple St., Hadley, to Rt. 116, Amherst||Beginning around April 1, 2014||Excavation and repaving||Mill Valley Rd. / east Hadley Rd.|
Rt. 116, Amherst, to
South East St., Amherst
|June, 2014||Excavation and repaving||Mill Lane|
|South East St., Amherst to Station Rd., Amherst||August, 2014||Excavation and repaving||South East St. to Station Rd.|
|Damon Rd., Northampton parking area||September, 2014||Re-design and repaving||Sidewalks, Damon Rd. to Cross Path.|
DCR will post future information, updated schedules and closures on this project web page.
We will also provide updates via our Norwottuck Reconstruction ListServe. You can sign up for the ListServ at the link above.
Thank you for your patience and support.