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Rail Trail Committee Meets

by Bobby Blair
March 20, 2013

Boy Scout Ben Flanagan of Troop 73 was back before the Rail Trail Committee Wednesday night to finalize plans for his Eagle Scout Project.

Flanagan's (above left) project includes the building of an informational koisk at Blair Square along with the installation of stop sign's at trail intersections with local streets. Flanagan's project will begin in April.

Scout Jake Lavin of Troop 185 in Wellesley (Lavin is a Holliston resident) requested the committee's approval for his Eagle Scout Project of landscaping and planting along the Rail Trail near Hopping Brook Road. Lavin received approval and plans to begin his project in June.

Plans are currently under way for the revamping of both the Arch Street Bridge along with the Exchange Street Railroad Bridge. Paving so that four legged creatures can pass over the bridge will be installed along with hand railings.

Committee member Herb Brockert noted that the Milford Highway Department will be donating ground pavement this summer for use on the trail.

 

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Comments (6)

Sharon, I know this is not the forum for responding, so please call me. The key reason that the Trails Committee is not pursuing the paved trail is the availability of funding. We have been told 2025 due to current debt on transportation projects at Mass DOT. SHOE- ground pavement is the millings from paved surfaces and can be used as a gravel base- see the section under Highland Street as an example.

- Robert Weidknecht | 3/24/13 9:18 PM

If the rail trail is not paved it will mean more upkeep over the long run. With the different weather conditions in New England you will have areas washed away and have to be repaired after every winter season. It will be easier for children on their bikes, moms and dads pishing strollers, and possible rollerbladers. The paved system works great in Rhode Island and Cape Cod.

- Sharon | 3/24/13 8:49 AM

I agree that the Holliston trail should not be paved.

- Bill St. George | 3/23/13 11:50 PM

Maybe the kiosk could stock little baggies to encourage people to pick up after their dogs. Some walking the bike path can be tricky..

- Elizabeth Dembitzer | 3/23/13 3:52 PM

what is ground pavement? I really like the stone dust surface in holliston. The milford trail looks like a mini superhighway--no charm, no integration into the landscape. I hope Holliston does not end up paved

- shoe | 3/22/13 8:44 PM

I hope the hand railings on the Arch St. and the Exchange St bridge's will be safe, but also good looking as well.

- Brett Morrison | 3/22/13 1:49 PM

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