NATICK – On Friday, July 19, MassDOT officials will join Senate President Karen Spilka, other members of the Massachusetts Legislature, local officials, and transportation advocates at a groundbreaking event to celebrate the start of construction on the latest segment of the Cochituate Rail Trail and release the State Bicycle Transportation Plan and State Pedestrian Transportation Plan.
This $12.4 million project is constructing 2.4 miles of the Cochituate Rail Trail between Framingham and Natick, creating a connection between the existing section of the trail in Framingham, the Natick Mall, and Route 27 in Natick. Construction is expected to be completed in 2021.
MassDOT will also be releasing the final Bicycle Transportation Plan and Pedestrian Transportation Plan at the event.
These plans present action steps with the goal of increasing safety and the percentage of trips made by walking and bicycling. They build upon MassDOT’s vision for Massachusetts in which people have a safe, comfortable and convenient option to walk or bike for everyday trips, said MassDOT.
The groundbreaking will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of General Greene Avenue and North Main Street in Natick.