EVERETT – The final construction phase has begun on Everett’s one mile portion of the Northern Strand Bike to Sea Trail according to a release by Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. and the Office of Planning and Development.
Sstarting at West and Wellington Streets and ending at the Malden border, the project includes the removal of brush and trees from along the pathway, and the complete paving of the former rail line as well as updated primary entrances to the path and associated landscaping.
Over the next two months, FST Engineering and D&R Contracting, Inc. will work with the city to bring about the the full reconstruction. Supervisors will be on site, and access to the path will be either limited or fully restricted at times throughout the project.
Financing for the project has come from Mayor DeMaria’s Capital Improvement Plan as well as a $400,000 state grant from the Executive Energy and Environmental Affairs “to preserve open space, species habitat, and working landscapes”.
“I am happy to see the completion of Everett’s portion of The Northern Strand Trail. Access to the trail is another way for our residents to maintain a safe and healthy lifestyle, and ultimately increase our community’s quality of life,” states Mayor DeMaria.
Upon completion, The Northern Strand trail, known to most as the Bike to Sea, will be a 9-mile community pathway stretching from Everett through Malden, Revere and Saugus toward the Lynn waterfront. It will provide access to Nahant Beach for walkers, bicyclists, runners and other non-motorized modes of transportation and recreation.
The Bike to the Sea Community has been working since 1993 to create the Northern Strand Trail. Communities such as Everett and Malden are the first to begin working to construct their respective portions of the trail. Bike to the Sea promotes safer streets for bicyclists, better parking at MBTA stations and bicycle commuting to Boston. It also works with MassBike, Rails to Trails and East Coast Greenway.