The Town of Billerica has been working over two decades to advance construction of the Yankee Doodle Bike Path throughout town. The construction of Phase 1 of the bikeway will connect the Town of Billerica regionally from the center of town, to the Minuteman Bikeway in Bedford, via the Narrow Gauge Bikeway. The completion of this section would provide an alternative mode transportation corridor from Billerica to Arlington, with connections to many other surrounding communities. The addition of this approximately 2.5 mile bike path to the community will provide a handicapped accessible link between educational, recreational and conservation areas in the southern portion of the Town.
The Town has retained VHB to prepare the 25% design for the project. As part of the design, VHB has conducted an Alternative Analysisfor the bikepath alignment. The purpose of this analysis is to evaluate various path alignments and to develop a report for the Yankee Doodle Bike Path Committee to use as a tool to select a preferred path alignment. The locations where this analysis was completed were: at the northern end of the project, at a parcel currently owned by the Cabot Corporation, where the abandoned rail bed intersects with Route 3; and at the southern end of the project. For the purposes of the analysis, the project has been divided into 4 sections.
Section 1 extends from the Billerica High school to Richardson Street. Section 2 extends from Richardson Street to Middlesex Turnpike. Section 3 extends from Middlesex Turnpike to just north of Route 3. Section 4 extends from Route 3 to the Bedford Town line.
In February 2015, the Town submitted the Project Initiation Form (PIF) to MassDOT to request funding through the State and Federal Transportation Improvement Programs. The Project Review Committee (PRC) will meet in March 2015 to review, evaluate, and discuss the proposed project and determine if it warrants approval.