Project goes to Bid!!!!!
Fantastic news! It's finally happened. Appeals and paperwork have all been filed and MassDOT has advertised the bid for the construction on the Tri-Community.
What does this mean? It means MassDOT will select a contractor from those who apply. That will likely happen in December or January. Construction should begin next spring after a ceremonial groundbreaking. The winning contractor is the one who sets the construction schedule, so we don't yet know whether they will start on the Stoneham or the Winchester end. The piece likely to take the most time is the new bridge over the Aberjona River in Woburn. The construction is expected to largely finished in 2017, but some plantings or landscaping might end up waiting until the spring of 2018.
This is a huge step for the project and we are incredibly excited to see this greenway, over 25 years in the making finally take this leap. We can't wait to get out there and walk and ride.
Your Opinion Matters - Vote for Greenway Amenities
With construction around the corner, we are starting to think about life with a Greenway! It will be great to have a path off street for our children to go to school and a beautiful place to walk, jog or bike but we can do more. Tell us what you would like to see added after the Greenway is built.
Greenway Next Steps
A number of people have asked about the next steps for the Greenway. MassDOT is targeting August 2016 to put the project out to bid. There are a few steps needed to get there.
Stoneham and Woburn have their parts of the project complete. In Wichester, the Mass DEP is addressing an appeal to the Winchester Conservation Commission's Order of Conditions. It is expected to issue a new order in May. Then Winchester can move forward with its construction easements. Once that is complete, MassDOT can put the project out to bid. The contractor that wins the bid will then make up a schedule for construction next year. With a few exceptions (such as avoiding constructing next to schools during the school year), they can decide how to proceed and whether to start in Winchester and move towards Stoneham or vice versa. Most of the construction should be done in a single season (approx April to November).
Interactive Map of the 75% Greenway Design
Do you want to know where the trail goes, what business it will go by and how easy it will be to use? The maps page of this site has an interactive Google map that allows you to zoom in and look around at the details.
The Tri-Community Greenway, will bring open recreational space to Stoneham, Woburn and Winchester. The Stoneham portion will be located on a right of way of the Stoneham Branch of the Boston & Lowell (later the Boston & Maine and MBTA) railroad, which stopped passenger service in 1958. This linear park will create a place to bike, walk and enjoy nature in the heart of our community.