FRAMINGHAM – The Town of Framingham held a ribbon cutting this morning for the completion of phase 1 of the Dudley Road Multi-Use Path Project today, July 13, at Farm Pond Park.
“This multi-use pathway is a significant down payment on our commitment to implement our Complete Streets Policy in Framingham. When coupled with other hoped for investments in the area, it will play an important role in linking many assets and locations in Framingham in a way that is safe for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, and which adds significantly to our quality of life in Framingham” said Robert Halpin, Framingham Town Manager, in a statement.
Phase One of the bi-directional multi-use path is approximately 3,600 feet in length, originates just north of the intersection of Fountain Street and Dudley Road and continues along the east side of Dudley Road, terminating at Dr. Harvey L. Cushing Way. The path is 10 feet in width and is composed of bituminous asphalt. It is separated from the roadway by a shoulder buffer of variable width and runs approximately parallel to the existing road.
The Town was awarded a $400,000 Complete Streets grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to fund the first phase of this project. A future-planned second phase of the path will continue the path north along Dudley Rd. and connect to Mount Wayte Avenue where the path will transition to an on-street dedicated bicycle path or shoulder lanes, connecting Dr. Harvey Cushing Way via Mount Wayte Avenue to Union Avenue.
“Our administration is pleased to work closely with the Town of Framingham to invest in the construction of a multi-use path which will contribute to the safety, health, and economic vitality of the community,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our partnership with Framingham is an example of how the Complete Streets Funding Program is enabling people throughout the Commonwealth to travel using their preferred mode of transportation including bicycling or walking and we look forward to residents and commuters enjoying the benefits of this multimodal project.”
The path represents a commitment to providing improved non-vehicular routes for community members to take. It provides safety to those non-vehicular travelers along the Dudley Road corridor, which will allow easier access to the Town’s parks and amenities in the southwest area of town, and will link residents to downtown transit, employers and schools without the need of an automobile.