October 21, 2014: The preliminary 75% design for the Acton-Maynard section was sent by the engineering firm to MassDOT. The document is here.
October 11, 2014: At the request of Acton and Maynard, survey letters were sent to the 180+ ROW abutters. They were asked to document their preferences in trail screening options. The responses so far are documented here.
March 29, 2014: Francesca Demolition has started to remove the RR rails in Maynard. They started behind Cumberland Farms on Friday and will then move on to High Street. After Maynard is finished in a couple of weeks, they will move on to Acton.
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 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.
The ARRT can now accept donations and membership dues online. We are using the GuideStar-Network for Good system. More details and the payment link are |
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.