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State Announces 1.9 Mile, $39 Million Path Along Green Line Extension Project

The new path, in Somerville and Cambridge, will create a continuous route from Bedford to Boston.

The new path will extend from the Somerville Community Path. Credit: Monika M. Wahi/Wikimedia Commons
The new path will extend from the Somerville Community Path. Credit: Monika M. Wahi/Wikimedia Commons

State officials announced Wednesday that a new 1.9 mile path will be built alongside the Green Line Extension project in Somerville and Cambridge.

The path, for pedestrians and bicyclists, will connect four Green Line Extension stations: Lowell Street, Gilman Square, Washington Street and the relocated Lechmere, and create a continuous route from Bedford to Boston, via the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, Alewife Linear Path and Somerville Community Path.

State Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard Davey made the announcement, along with Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott, at a press conference Wednesday in Somerville.

The path is expected to cost $39 million, half of which will be covered by federal funds. It will open in phases and is expected to be completed with the opening of the Green Line Extension project in 2020.

In addition to connecting the Green Line Extension stations, it will connect the Green and Red lines.

The path will extend from the Somerville Community Path. That path will extend from Cedar Street to Lowell Street this fall.

State transportation officials are in the process of designing the path, which will be maintained by the City of Somerville.

The path will be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible and will include fencing, lighting, wireless alarm call boxes, bollards, trash receptacles, landscaping and benches.

AHM May 01, 2014 at 06:37 PM
Good thing they were not here when this country got started. There would be no country at these rates. Wonder what repaving Beacon Street would cost? Which is many years overdue and serves many more people than this path ever will.
Brian K. May 02, 2014 at 03:02 PM
It's roughly a year of construction per 1/3 mile. If that's not "too expensive", I don't know what is.
Somerville Home Owner May 02, 2014 at 03:08 PM
Dan: There is no doubt that the path will be a huge benefit to the area, but the question is why does it cost that much? Is it because the specialty construction requires lots of engineering design, etc? Brian: What does time have to do with expense? They haven't broken down how much the time will be design & planning, vs pure construction.

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