Marlborough ARRT Project Status & History

September 24, 2005: The Marlborough section of the trail is finished.

May 2005: The construction company has been granted a project extention to August 31, 2005. Delays were do to winter weather, waste disposal and bridge repairs.

October 2004: The bike tunnel under the I-290 connector highway is finished.

August 2004: The first of the paving in Hudson was started. All of the trail paving in Hudson is scheduled to be finished in late fall 2004.

October 2003: S & R Contracting starts construction of the trail in Marlborough on 9/29/2003. Most of the trees and old rails were removed in the first month of construction. The site preparation work for the bike tunnel under the I-290 Connector has started.

Sept 19, 2003: Ground breaking ceromony is held to mark the start of construction of the Marlborough- Hudson section of ARRT. Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, along with Transportation Secretary Daniel Grabauskas, MassHighway Commissioner John Cogliano, Rep. Pat Walrath, Sen. Pam Resor, Rep. Stephen LeDuc, Developer John Delli Priscoli as well as local officials from the 5 ARRT communities.

September 8, 2003: The 1/2 mile "Hager Hill" section of the trail is now open.

July 8, 2003: The MassHighway bid opening for the Hudson-Marlborough ARRT construction was held in Boston. There were 7 bids, ranging from $2,964,107 to $3,748,864. The apparent low bidder is Steven & Roger Contracting Corp. of Lowell. It will take at least 7 weeks for MassHighway to review the 1.5 inch thick bid books and issue a Notice to Proceed.

November 8, 2002: The 1/2 mile "Hager Hill" section of the trail received its first asphalt layer. The official opening of this section should be in the Spring of 2003.

September 14, 2002: ARRT trail construction project open for bid! MassHighway has announced the contract for 4.7 miles of the ARRT trail in Marlborough and Hudson will be advertised for construction bids Saturday, September 14th. The project has an estimated cost of $2,700,000. The construction bids are scheduled to be opened on March 6, 2003. Construction should start in the Spring and last for 12 months.

September 17, 2001: The Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) votes to approve 2.7 million dollars to build the Marlborough-Hudson sections A & B of the trail. The funding is for fiscal 2002, which ends September 30, 2002.

August 31, 2001: EarthTech submits 75% design plans for Hudson-Marlborough "Section-A" to MassHighway for review.

July 6, 2001: Construction started today on the 2nd section of the ARRT in Marlborough. The 1/2 mile segment crosses the Deli property and is located next to the trail that opened just 2 months ago. The new section will start at Fitchburg Street and travel northwest to the I-290 connector highway. Construction is scheduled to finish by October 31, 2002.

May 17, 2001: Marlborough Trail Opening ceremony for the first completed section ( 3/4 mile long) of the 12 mile long Assabet River Rail Trail. Approximately 100 people attended the ceremony. Speakers were Marlborough Mayor William Mauro, Jr., MassHighway Commissioner Matthew Amorello, State Senator Pam Resor, State Representative Stephen LeDuc and ARRT president Jeff Richards.

May 15, 2001: Mass Highway conducted the 25% design review public hearing for a 4 mile Marlboro/ Hudson section. Dave Cannon of Earth Tech presented the design. Questions were fielded on security and privacy concerns as well as maintenance responsibility and police patrols. After a 75% review in the Fall, the request for construction bids will go out.

September, 2000: ARRT Project Planning Effort in High Gear, starting in Marlborough ... In Sept. & Oct., Marlborough ARRT volunteer Duncan Power, in concert with Priscilla Ryder of the City Conservation Commission will be working with EarthTech to develop the strategic plan for implementation of the entire, 5-Community ARRT Master Plan.

July 11, 2000: The ARRT was incorporated as "ARRT Inc.", a Massachusetts registered non-profit organization.

June 2000: Marlborough and the other 4 commmunities issued a RFP to hire a consultant to prepare an up-to-date ARRT Master Plan. The plan would look at all the various ARRT segments, refine the proposed trail alignment, identify how all the pieces fit into the bigger picture, develop cost estimates, and detail a phasing plan from now until the completion of the entire ARRT.

Following a press conference in Marlborough this past March, the 3/4 mile "Stratus/Lucent ARRT segment" south of Fitchburg St. commenced construction. The ARRT and the office park access road share the former Railroad ROW for the first 1300 linear feet south from Fitchburg St.; the 2500 linear feet. After the end of access road all the way up to Fairbanks Boulevard, is a bike path free of roads.

June 1998: An Inter-municipal agreement between the City of Marlborough and the Town of Hudson was negotiated and signed (and later amended in December 1999) to allow the 2 communities to jointly oversee the design related work of their 4 mile segment.

April 1998: The ARRT received a grant of $3,000 from the Department of Environmental Management's Greenways and Trails Demonstration Grant program. The grant was used to conduct a natural resource inventory and assessment of the proposed ARRT route.

February 1998: Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for appraising the entire ARRT route including Marlborough, were advertised in local newspapers on February 19. Bids were opened on March 6. Determining the fair market value of the parcels comprising the ARRT route is a key step in securing the federal funds earmarked for acquisition. The majority of the Marlborough ROW is already owned by the city.

December 1997: The federal government approved $17 million in funding for transportation enhancements in Massachusetts, which included the grant proposal submitted by the five ARRT communities to aquire the legal rights to the ARRT route.

May 1997: The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) recommended that the Assabet River Rail Trail receive funding in fiscal year 1998 to begin acquiring portions of the ROW, and to begin design of the segment of trail in Marlborough and Hudson. In a grant proposal submitted by the five ARRT towns, the towns would receive $668,000 to acquire the legal rights for the continuous 12.5-mile right of way. The grant also requested $105,000 for design of the four-mile segment from Marlborough to Hudson.