Beavers Busy Along the Rail Trail Again

by Bobby Blair
February 23, 2018

 

Rail Trail members met Wednesday night and approved $1,150 for several Eagle Scout projects. The monies will be used for railings along several brooks in the Metcalf section of town.

Committee member Herb Brockert said the 2006/07 trailer the group had ordered which will hold the rail trails tools is on its way and should arrive shortly. The trailer will be located at the town barn on Arch Street. Committee members noted progress at the 8 Arch Bridge on Woodland Street (above and below) but found fault with the laying of stone dust near Pulte Homes new development Holliston Woods just past the post office heading west. Members did not blame Pulte Homes who paid for the work, but rather the stone dust vendor. The stone dust will be tested to see if it meets the committee's requirements. Pulte Homes had agreed to construct a length of trail in the area in return for access to their development.

Trail members made arrangements to remove a large debris of pile of railroad tie remnants in the South Street area. The board is also reviewing prices for barriers which will be used to separate the trail from the parking lot at Casey's Crossing. Committee member Ken Henderson will be meeting with Town Counsel on Wednesday February 28th at town hall to discuss numerous encroachments along the trail.

Rail Trail members were informed by the town's conservation commission that the breaching of a dam along the trail (think Paul Road area) photo above, would begin on February 21st. The work is being completed by Central Mass Mosquito Control. It appears the local beavers aren't taking no for an answer as the tunnel below the rail trail has been cleaned out before. The above photo near Paul Road shows that levels of standing water have already begun to recede.

It was revealed Wednesday night that the Friends of Holliston Trails are planning a 4th of July Celebration & ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the trail as well as the restoration of the 8 Arch Bridge. The 4th of July will mark 171 years to the day which the first train arrived at the train depot (Casey's Crossing) in 1847. Details of the event will be posted here on the HollistonReporter.com as they unfold.

 

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Comments (1)

Just noticed right around Feb. 21 that water in the marsh behind our house is receding a bit. This is welcome!

- Patricia Boyd | 2/23/18 9:33 PM

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