February 1, 2014: The towns of Acton and Maynard have signed a contract with Francesca Demolition of Duxbury, to remove the 1.2 miles of steel RR rails that are on the ground along the ARRT right of way. Only the rails are being removed in this phase of the project, with the complete trail construction still scheduled to start in 2015. The rails will be removed in the next 30 days and recycled. The trail supporters welcome this most tangible milestone in the Acton-Maynard ARRT project!
October 1, 2013: The Massachusetts 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) went into effect today. In this plan, the Acton-Maynard ARRT is scheduled to start construction in Fiscal 2015 as a 'first-tier' project. The next steps are for the engineering firm to move to the 100% design stage.
July 26, 2013: Maynard ARRT volunteer and Beacon columnist David Mark has written an interesting article about date nails on the railroad. Don't know what a date nail is? Follow this link and learn all about them.
April 4, 2013: The MPO staff has recommended that the Acton-Maynard construction funding be restored into the 2015 TIP as a "first-tier" project! The details are on the MPO website here.
March 16, 2013: The modified 25% ARRT design plans for Acton-Maynard were finished last month by AECOM, the engineering firm that has the engineering contract. The document is posted on this web site. This comes 14 months after MassDOT directed AECOM to modify some of the details in downtown Maynard and the Caouette Farm in Acton.
October 5, 2012: The RT-85 construction project continues, which includes the realignment of the ARRT as it crosses RT-85/Washington Street.
January, 2012: The Assabet River Wildlife Refuge kicked off a transportation study at a workshop at the visitors center in November. Being considered is which of the 3 bicycling allowed refuge roads might be re-paved. Also, possible bike access across the 'south section', connecting to the Mass Central Rail Trail ROW. A follow-up meeting will be held on February 7, 2012. More details on the calendar page.
November 9, 2011: The 25% ARRT design plans for Acton-Maynard were delivered to the MassDOT this morning by AECOM, the engineering firm that has the engineering contract. All of the overview sheets are posted on this web site. This comes exactly a year after the design funds were restored in 2010 and AECOM resumed working on the project.
May 5, 2011: A joint meeting of the ARRT, Mass Central and Bruce Freeman rail trail organizations was held at the Assabet River Wildlife Refuge Visitors center.
December 8, 2010: The Town of Acton closed on the purchase of the 19 acre Caouette Farm in South Acton. With this purchase using Community Preservation Act money, the town directed AECOM engineers to plan a rerouting of the trail onto the farm property. The end result will be that the planned bike bridge over the MBTA RR tracks can be eliminated and the crossing of Maple Street shifted to a better location.
November 8, 2010: The Stow Special Town meeting tonight voted unanimously to fund the Town's 20% share of the cost to design the "Track Road" portion of the trail, using Community Preservation Act monies.