CAPE COD RAIL TRAIL EXTENSION:
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Town of Yarmouth have worked for many years to extend the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) into the Town of Yarmouth. The CCRT is an iconic symbol of Cape Cod and a wonderful amenity for residents and visitors alike.
The first segment of the CCRT Extension will travel from the existing trailhead at Route 134 in Dennis along the railroad right-of-way or Town land to Peter Homer Park in Yarmouth, where it will connect with the existing Town pathway. The extension will include a 10' paved pathway with 3' grassed shoulders on each side, two at-grade crossings (at North Main Street and Dupont Avenue), a highway bridge over Station Avenue, a bridge over Bass River, and a trailhead with 97 parking spaces located east of Station Avenue, across from CVS. Refer to the attached CCRT Extension Map.
The extension has been broken down into multiple phases. In Yarmouth, Phase #1 includes the pathway from Peter Homer Park to North Main Street. This contract has been awarded to Lawrence-Lynch Corporation and construction began in October 2015.
Phase #2 in Yarmouth would include the pathway from North Main Street to the Bass River Bridge. The Bass River Bridge will not only serve as a pedestrian bridge for the CCRT, but has been designed to also be a tidal restoration project. The existing 60' wide bridge will be widened to 160' to match the existing opening under Route 6. This will improve the ecosystem of the upper Bass River, as well as improve navigation by deepening the channel and reducing the velocities under the bridge. Construction of Phase 2 is proposed to start in 2016.
Also in the planning stages is Phase #3 of the extension which would extend the CCRT from Peter Homer Park to Mary Dunn Road in Barnstable, traveling over public land. The improvements include two at-grade crossing (Forest Road and West Yarmouth Road), a bridge over Willow Street, and a trailhead with 80 parking spaces located north of the roundabout on Higgins Crowell Road. The 25% Design Submission has been made to MassDOT for review and comment. Construction of Phase #3 is anticipated to begin in 2017.
State and Federal funding is being used to construct all three phases of the CCRT extension by MassDOT.