Peabody, MA

Independence Greenway Routing Study and Design

BSC conducted a routing study for a two-mile extension of the City of Peabody’s Independence Greenway, envisioned to connect the existing trail to the Border to Boston Trail Network. The routing study was complex, involving the need to consider safe crossing of Route 1, Interstate 95, and several busy city streets.

The final study resulted in MassDOT’s award of $10 million in Transportation Improvement Program funding to support design and construction. BSC is now working with the City to initiate 25% preliminary design, including development of a two-span steel pedestrian bridge over Route 1. The project will also involve a variety of design challenges, including navigating behind several residential properties, along the I-95 off-ramp, and over Route 1. Other features will include a road diet along Lowell Street and traffic signal upgrades at two major intersections. Once complete, the trail will incorporate on-road and dedicated paths to establish bicycle and pedestrian connections that will be used for recreation, as well as for commuting to schools and places of employment.

BSC’s long-term project support demonstrates our skill in working with municipalities to access project funding and also evidences our commitment to working with Gateway Cities to realize infrastructure improvements to revitalize their communities.