Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Notice NORTON - Norton/Mansfield Rail Trail Extension project in Norton/Mansfield

Thursday, August 15, 2019
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Norton Public Library, 68 East Main Street, Norton, MA 02766

Overview of NORTON - Norton/Mansfield Rail Trail Extension project in Norton/Mansfield


The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Norton/Mansfield Rail Trail Extension project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.


The proposed project is an extension of the existing 2-mile Mansfield World War II Veterans Memorial Trail which ends just north of Fruit Street in Mansfield. The project is a 10 to 12 foot shared-use recreational path which will extend from the end of the existing trail in Mansfield to the intersection of Crane Street in Norton and improve multi-modal connectivity from the Mansfield Commuter Rail Station to the Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton. The trail will provide improved access to Conservation Commission owned land including Johnson Acres and Henrich Woods, as well as the Winthrop Dahl Nature Preserve owned by the Town of Norton Land Preservation Society. Parking areas are proposed at several locations along the corridor. The project will provide year-round recreation for cyclists, wheelchair users and strollers, horseback riders, runners, walkers, birdwatchers, in-line skaters, and cross-country skiers.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements will be required. The Towns of Mansfield and Norton are responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Roadway Project Management, Project File No. 607822. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to

This location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT's Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857) 368-8580, fax (857) 368-0602, TTD/TTY (857) 368-0603 or by email Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, 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 meeting.

In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on this website.

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