September 2003 Newsletter

MassHighway Ground Breaking
Mass. Highway has scheduled a ground breaking for Friday, September 19, 2003 at 2 PM in Marlborough at the end of the Crowley Drive near where the trail will tunnel under the Rt 85/Rt 290 connector. There will be a tent for shelter from rain, but in the event of severe weather the ceremony may be moved to the Hudson Town Hall. If in doubt, call the Hudson Town Administrator's office at 978- 562-9963 on Friday morning.

At the ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Marlborough- Hudson section of ARRT we are expecting Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, along with Secretary Daniel Grabauskas, Executive Office of Transportation and Construction, and MassHighway Commissioner John Cogliano, as well as local officials from the 5 ARRT communities.

Directions to Crowley Dr. in Marlborough:
Take the Rt 85/Rt290 connector east from the Rt 290 exit on Rt 495 or west from the Stop & Shop Plaza on Rt 85 in Hudson. East bound turn right at the Fitchburg St traffic light; westbound bear right and use the jug handle connector to turn onto Fitchburg St at the traffic light. Crowley Dr is a half mile on the right, just past the school athletic fields; park as directed on Crowley.

June 26, 2003: The Town of Maynard closed on the purchase of the Maynard Sand and Gravel property today. Included in the 6+ acres of conservation land is 3000 feet of the trail right of way, leading down to the Maynard-Stow border. The light duty gravel road is open to bikes.

July 9, 2003: The state legislature passed and forwarded to the Governor, a bill commonly referred to as the Municipal Relief Package. It contains an amendment authored by Acton State Senator Pam Resor, that is intended to break the liability deadlock between the MBTA and the 30 Massachusetts communities attempting to lease abandoned RR right-of-ways. Acton's attempt to lease the MBTA ROW in South Acton is dependant on the bill being signed. (Update: The amendment was signed in late July!)

July 8, 2003: The MassHighway bid opening for the Hudson-Marlborough ARRT construction was held today 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.