The Traffic and Sidewalk Committee had been advocating for an expansion of the town’s sidewalk network by adding approximately four miles of new sidewalks to the master plan, including segments along portions of:
Priorities in the master plan are given to “missing links” and connections to schools, recreational facilities (including footpaths), and commuter rail stops. The Town Engineer created concept plans for each segment, noting which side of the street was most feasible for a sidewalk and locations where topography and/or available public right of way would be challenging for sidewalk construction.
Currently, the Traffic and Sidewalk Committee is looking to finish sidewalk connections along Merriam Street and will group those along with the Highland Avenue connections and a Warren Avenue footpath as a sidewalk package for the fall Special Town Meeting. The Brown Street/Winter Street sidewalk project is currently underway and will be coming before the fall Special Town Meeting for easement approvals. Further information can be found under Town Projects.