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Rail Trail Committee Says Onward to Sherborn

by Bobby Blair
October 14, 2016

A recently paved section of the trail looking east from Chestnut Street towards Summer Street.

The rail trail is now complete from Central Street downtown to the Milford line albeit a small 500 foot length near the dwellings being constructed by Pulte Homes. This short section will be completed within ten days, according to trail member Herb Brockert.

While the paving is complete for this section of trail a number of projects are complete or ongoing with the younger set in town. Eamonn Powers for his National Honor Society Project is undertaking Brown Trout improvements as well as invasives removal. Five Eagle Scout Projects are under way. Ben Cappello is conducting a rail cleanup, James Hathaway - Arch Street Connection, Jamie Ogilvie- Story Walk Trail, Owen Savage - Railing at Chicken Brook, and Harrison Smith - a project to be determined.

Ed Daniels from the Friends of Holliston Trails joined the meeting to discuss his plans to install flashing beacons at Central Street and Lowland Street.

The Trail committee is looking for volunteers to help complete the decking at the Arch Street Bridge this Saturday at 8:30 am.

 

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Comments (3)

My husband and I ride the trail at least a few times a week. We generally do get off and press the light, but the post/buttons are on the wrong side. They're on the left and they should be on the right, as you're riding or walking, to make it easier and more natural. Maybe new ones could be installed like this?

- Erica Plunkett | 10/14/16 4:37 PM

Re: flashing beacons.

The passive detecting ones really are the best...IF we can find one with reliable sensors, that doesn't fail by leaving the lights constantly flashing...

We all know that bikers SHOULD stop, get off their bikes and push the button, then wait for the traffic to stop and get back on their bikes and ride across. But it doesn't work that way in the real world. What happens most of the time (and I'll admit, I do it myself), is that we slow down, prepared to stop, look both ways, then ride across.

Passive detectors would keep these folks, as well as walkers, safe. I've seen reliable ones, there are some, I believe, on the Shining Sea bike path, and I think I saw some this weekend on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. The one at Beaver St (connects 16 to 109 by 495) in Milford seems to be reliable...when it's working. I think it was broken most of the summer, but at least it failed "dark", not constantly flashing.

As an engineer, I know these things can be made to work reliably. It's just a matter of finding the right manufacturer.

- Peter Simpson | 10/14/16 1:28 PM

This is a great piece of news! Really making a difference in the town!

- Mark Schultz | 10/14/16 9:06 AM

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