Flyers to notify Malden residents of new trail construction

December 21, 2011 by  

A new three-mile bike path connecting Malden to trail networks linked to Boston and Lynn has broken ground with construction set to begin immediately.

The path is a partnership between Bike to the Sea, a local not-for-profit and the Malden Redevelopment Authority. The trail, a 12-foot wide hard-packed surface, will be known as the Northern Strand Community Trail, and will be open to bikers, walkers and for other non-motorized transport. Plans will ensure that the trail is wheelchair accessible with the inclusion of 11 at-grade crossings and will include safety precautions such as pavement markings, flashers at intersections.

The new trail will follow along an abandoned right-of-way, formerly the old Saugus Branch rail line, beginning at the Everett/Malden line, hooking up to the trail located in Everett then east towards Revere.

Because building the trail will involve the reconfiguration of municipal parking lots along the route, flyer printing has begun and notices will be tucked under vehicle windshield wipers to inform users about the work-in-progress and alternate parking locations. Construction will affect parking areas between Main and Ferry, Ferry and Franklin and the area adjacent to Salemwood School and Branch.

The Malden Redevelopment Authority said the price tag for the Malden phase of the trail is $635,000 with a subsidy is coming from the State of Massachusetts. The project engineering firm is Fay, Spofford and Thorndike, LLC, which will supervise trail construction as representatives of Bike to the Sea, Inc.

Malden has signed a 99-year lease with the right-of-way owners.