Last construction season, phase one of this project, an approximately 3,600-foot multi-use path on Dudley Road between Fountain Street and Dr. Harvey Cushing Way, was completed with the assistance of a $400,000 Complete Streets grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). A second $400,000 Complete Streets grant was awarded to the City last year to fund the second phase of this project.
The proposed work consists of a ten foot wide, paved multi-use path, approximately 1,000 feet in length, beginning at the terminus of the Phase 1 path (Dr. Harvey Cushing Way) and continuing north along the east side of Dudley Road, ending at the intersection of Dudley Road and Mt. Wayte Avenue. At this point, striped on-road buffered bike lanes will be installed on Mt Wayte Ave. to Union Avenue, a distance of approximately 2,500 feet.
The off-road portion of the path will be located behind the existing guardrail, along Dudley Road; a cross walk with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) will be installed to assist cyclists and pedestrians to cross Dudley road; the on-road dedicated bicycle lines will be a minimum of five feet wide with a striped buffer of two feet.
The completed multi-use path, dedicated bike lanes and existing sidewalk, will provide improved non-vehicular safety along the Dudley Road/Mt Wayte Avenue corridor, allowing residents of nearby neighborhoods to more easily access major City recreation amenities such as Bowditch Field, Cushing Park, Farm Pond Park, Loring Arena and the City’s new skate park. It will also link residents to downtown transit, employers and schools in the area without the need for an automobile.
Work to extend the existing culverts beneath Dudley Road and construct a new retaining wall to support the path is anticipated to begin when the snow clears. Project completion is expected by June 2018.