Hudson ARRT Project Status & History

May 25, 2010: The Route-62 bridge replacement is finished, with the new ARRT bike lane now open. It closes what was a 100 yard gap in the trail since the Hudson section opened in 2005. Included is a new Cross Alert system at the Whispering Pine crosswalk.

September 16, 2006: The replacement of the Route 62 highway bridge in Hudson has started. This MassHighway project widens and straightens out the existing road bridge. When finished in 2008, it will be 10 feet wider than the existing bridge, to accomodate the rail trail in a much safer alignment.

February 3, 2006:
In the revised Mass Transportation Improvement Project (TIP) budget, the state is proposing to add $115,000 to design and construct a pedestrian crossing signal at the intersection of the Assabet River Rail Trail and Rt. 62/Main Street in Hudson, concurrent with the Route 62 bridge replacement project.

January 3, 2006: The Hudson Planning Board approved the Brigham Hill Estates III project. Parcel D is reserved for a connection to the rail trail and is to be paved 8ft wide the length of the parcel prior to granting the first subdivision occupancy permit. A request for subdivision access to the (then) proposed trail was first brought up in 2001 by ARRT members.

September 24, 2005: The Hudson section of the trail is open to the public. Only the bridge over the Assabet River is unfinished.

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.

November 2, 2004: Dismantling the Hudson trestle bridge started. It will be cleaned and painted off-site and then reassembled for the trail.

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 and Marlborough is scheduled to be finished in late fall 2004.

October 2003: S & R Contracting starts construction of the trail in Hudson on 9/29/2003. Most of the trees and old rails were removed in the first month of construction.

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.

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.

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.

August 22, 2002: MassHighway conducted the public design hearing for "Section-B" of the Marlborough-Hudson project. Section-B is the 2/3 mile section that runs from Main Street (RT-62) to Wilkins Street, at the eastern end of the town.

August 20, 2002: Hudson Planning Board votes 4-0 to approve the 3 parking area designs that are part of the project. Conditions are attached that the parking areas be posted as closed from 10PM-5AM and a non-salt substitute be used at the Wilkins Street parking area if neccessary.

August 1, 2002: Hudson Conservation Commission voted by a 5-1 margin to grant the trail related conservation approvals for the project.

November 19, 2001: The Hudson Town Meeting passed Article 10, to fund a small acquisition of the trail right-of-way at Whispering Pines Condominiums on Main Street. The cost of the acquisition was $20,600.

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.

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.

December 2000: The Hudson selectmen vote to split the proposed 40-space Wilkins Street parking lot into 2 pieces, 25 at Wilkins Street and 15 on Main Street at the ARRT billboard.

November 20, 2000: The Hudson Town meeting voted to approve Warrant Article 4 which requested an appropriation of $50,000. This money will provide the final portion of funding needed to complete the design of the trail from the Main Street Bridge to Wilkins Street / Rte. 62 and to acquire and design additional right of way needed for a trail head and parking lot.

October 26, 2000: At press conference held by Senator Pam Resor, Senator Cheryl Jacques, & Mass Highway Commissioner Matt Amorello announced the Mass Highway Board's vote-to make available $654,280.00 for the acquisition side of the 1998 ISTEA grant. Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton will finally have funds to work with to secure the ARRT right of way.

September 2000: Hudson Receives TDM Grant - $89K - FY01 EOTC funds Park & Ride facility at juncture of the ARRT and the Wayside Trail (at Wilkins St., or Rte. 62, in Hudson). Funding for land acquisition and 25% design work for segment from Assabet River bridge, east to the Park & Ride at Wilkins St.

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

June 15, 2000: Hudson 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.

May 2000: The $226,000 design amendment portion of the original grant was released and Earth Tech started developing design plans.

1999: $105,000 for starting the design work with Earth Tech was released by the Commonwealth. From this, a complete topographic survey of the Hudson-Marlborough segment was produced.

November 1998: EarthTech, a Concord-based design firm with extensive experience working with Mass Highways, is selected to design the Marlborough-to-Hudson section of the Assabet River Rail Trail.

May 4, 1998: Voters in Hudson approved Town Meeting articles supporting the proposed Assabet River Rail Trail. The measure authorized short-term borrowing for the reimbursable funds for acquisition of the ARRT right-of-way, and appropriation of the town’s 10% local match, as required by the federal ISTEA grant that ARRT received last fall.

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 Hudson, were advertised in local newspapers on February 19. Bids will be 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.

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 towns 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 right-of-way of the former Marlborough Rail Line, and to start designing the section of trail in Marlborough and Hudson.

In a grant proposal submitted by the five ARRT towns (Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton), 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.