January 2108:  Some construction on the foundations for the pre-fab Bridge over the Aberjona in Woburn (near the former gelatin factory) continues when the weather permits. 

December 2017: As construction of the pathway wrapped up in Winchester in early fall, it moved onto Woburn and Stoneham.  As of December, most prep work and the majority of paving has been finished along the railroad right-of-way in Woburn and in Stoneham. Once the pathway has been constructed in all three towns and paved with a top coat (sometime in the spring of 2018 depending on the weather) the contractor will then put in signage, crosswalks and other striping and pedestrian signals for all three towns.

November: Construction continues.  Currently, most construction is happening in Woburn.  The majority of the main path in Winchester is complete, except for a small section near 620 Washington Street.  October construction was mainly along the old railroad right-of-way in Woburn between Central Street and the city line.  Construction has also started in Stoneham with grubbing along the path for roots, etc. for the path bed.  Construction for the path will continue as long as it is warm enough for paving to be done, and then the contractor will work on installing the new bridge over the Aberjona River in Woburn, as long as the weather permits.

October: Construction is finishing up in Winchester and the path bed is being prepared and filled along the railroad right-of-way in Woburn.  Tree work is also being done in Stoneham. 

September: Construction on the Tri-Community Greenway continues. Currently the contractor, Northern Construction is still working in Winchester.  We've noticed some intrepid folks not waiting for it to even be finished!  Areas below are the Horn Pond Extension, near the Jenks Center, next to Waterfield Road parking between the train stations, and in the section between Leonard Field and Cross Street.  

You can see more photos on Facebook and on Google Photos

Horn Pond extension
Next to Jenks Center an the Aberjona near Winchester Town Hall

Near Waterfield Road and Ginn Field - and it's not even open!
Area of Tri-Community Greenway between Leonard Field and Cross Street in Winchester

Other areas being worked on included he stretch from Ginn field to the Waterfield Road commuter rail parking lot, near the Muracco School and on the Horn Pond extension in Winchester.  

Winchester construction should wrap up in early fall, and the crews will move onto Woburn. They have already cleared some brush from the Railroad right-of-way areas in Woburn and Stoneham (where the trail will be in a corridor up to 50 feet wide -in these areas the trail will be 10 feet paved with 3 foot crushed stone shoulders.  It will be narrower in some spots, particularly in close corridors in Winchester, where some parts will also be along existing roads.     
Cleared ROW area on the east side of the Aberjona
Path along Waterfield parking area, Winchester

Off-road path illustration
Typical on-road shared option (parts of Winchester)

As you can see below, some of the views along the Greenway route will be spectacular. 

View of the Aberjona near the Jenks Center in Winchester 


Local residents and town and state officials celebrated at the groundbreaking ceremony in May 2017 at Ginn Field in Winchester.

Tri-Community Groundbreaking

You can see more photos on Facebook and on Google Photos.

Tree work has already begun along the trail in Winchester, and the actual construction should begin this week near Wedgemere Station. Work will proceed from there towards Woburn and Stoneham. 

The first section of the trail to be constructed runs from Bacon Street by the edge of Ginn Field and along the Aberjona River (between the river and the parking lot) to Waterfield Road. Portions of the permit parking spaces on the river side of the Aberjona Lot will be closed at times during construction.

You can watch a video of the ceremony here.  Thanks to Margo Attaya and Equilibrium TV for creating that. 

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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.

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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.
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