Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Notice  Lawrence - Manchester Rail Trail

Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Overview   of Lawrence - Manchester Rail Trail

A Live Virtual 25% Design Public Hearing will be hosted on the MassDOT website below to present the design for the proposed Manchester Rail Trail project in Lawrence, MA.


The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Rail Trail 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 redeveloping the inactive Lawrence Manchester Rail Corridor into a shared-use path / alternate transportation corridor (ATC) for pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. The 1.40-mile project begins at Merrimack Street in Lawrence and extends to the Methuen/Lawrence City Line. The ATC will connect Merrimack Street to the south and Manchester Street Park, the Spicket River Greenway, and the Methuen Rail Trail to the north. The project also includes improving three intersections for at-grade crossings and developing additional access points to the Rail Trail from existing developments and parks. There are four bridges along the Right-of-Way that will be improved as part of the project including deck replacements at bridges over the South Canal and the Merrimack River, complete replacement of the Lowell Street Bridge that spans the Right-of-Way, and a superstructure replacement at the Manchester Street Bridge Crossing.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The City and the Commonwealth of MA is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. Right of Way 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. 608930. 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.

This Live Virtual Design Public Hearing or a cancellation announcement will be hosted on this page.

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