Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Notice  Belmont - Community Path (Phase I) project

March 7, 2024 at 7:00 PM


Beech Street Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 266 Beech Street, Belmont, MA 02478

Overview   of Belmont - Community Path (Phase I) project

A Design Public Hearing will be held to present the design for the proposed Community Path (Phase I) Project in Belmont, MA.


The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Community Path – Belmont Component of MCRT (Phase I) project. All views and comments submitted in response to the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.


The proposed project consists of a shared use path along the north side of the MBTA Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line tracks and the south side of the abutting properties. The proposed improvements include accessible connections to the Clark St pedestrian Bridge, Belmont Station, Concord Avenue, Channing Road (near #7 Channing Road), and Brighton Street. The proposed path will extend the existing Fitchburg Cutoff trail which extends to the Alewife MBTA Station.

The proposed improvements also include a grade separated crossing via an underpass under the MBTA railroad tracks at Alexander Avenue. This crossing will provide pedestrian and bicycle connections from Channing Road/north side of the railroad tracks to Concord Avenue via Belmont Middle and High School. This connection will allow students to safely access the school without having to make a significant roundabout way. The bicycle accommodations consisting of a Shared Use Path have been provided in accordance with applicable design guides.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Town of Belmont is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be presented in the hearing.

Project inquiries, written statements and other exhibits regarding the proposed undertaking may be submitted to Carrie E. Lavallee, P.E., Chief Engineer, via e-mail to or via US Mail to Suite 7550, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Project Management, Project File No.609204. Statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be emailed or postmarked no later than ten (10) business days (14 calendar days) after the hearing is hosted on the MassDOT website listed below.

This hearing is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (e.g interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, live captioning, videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), TTD/TTY at (857) 266-0603, fax (857) 368-0602 or by email ( Requests should be made as soon as possible and prior to the hearing, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the hearing. 

In case of inclement weather, a cancellation announcement will be posted on this website. 

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