Greenway Next Steps
A number of people have asked about the next steps for the Greenway. MassDOT is targeting September to put the project out to bid. There are a few steps needed to get there. The major items are listed below.
1. The engineering firm is completing 100% plans
2. The towns need to get independent appraisals of any easements and negotiate with the land owners. This is happening now. Then MassDOT will issue a right-of-way certificate.
3. Stoneham needs to accept a short stretch of land from the MBTA.
Then MassDOT goes to bid!
The bid should be awarded this winter. 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).
Greenway Walk June 13
Thank You! - Stoneham Clean up May 2nd
Thank you to all who came out for the clean up. The section between Montvale and Maple was not walk-able last year. It is now wide open! Watch your step because the footing is a little rough but it is ready and waiting for construction to start next year.
See more photos from our May 2 Cleanup
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 plans 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.