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Trail Committee Toasts Completion of Paving

by Bobby Blair
June 25, 2018

Several abutters to the rail trail expressed their concerns Thursday night under the public comments section of the meeting to rail trail committee members.. Below Paul Rossini (checkered shirt) who does business in the red building at the corner of Norfolk Street and Church Street and Brett Askins to Rossini's right who does business from the former cellar hole of State Lumber Company were curious as to what will become of their to access to their properties once the rail trail behind Casey's Crossing is completed. Both properties now use a portion of town owned land for vehicle access. Chairman Robert Weidknecht said not everyone is going to be happy with whatever solution we come up with. Committee member Ken Henderson noted that the biggest chunk of this discussion should be safe passage of rail trail users. Weidknecht told the men that no decision would be made as the selectmen have a seperate committee to study the Blair Square area and that the ultimate decsion of who could and couldn't obtain egress to the trail for businesses would be made by selectmen.

Trail members toasted the final completion of the laying of stone dust near the 8 Arch Bridge in the past few days which completes the paving of the entire trail for 6.7 miles. While the paving portion of the trail is complete, the committee's work is not. Herb Brockert updated fellow members and reported that the Pulte Homes section of the trail near Johnson Drive has now been repaved to rid that section of ruts. It was noted that no progress has been made on a parking lot that Solect Solar of Hopkinton had promised to complete. The proposed parking lot is off of Hopping Brook Road. Committee members are hoping to begin work on drainage issues near the Phipps Hill Tunnel. Drainage ditches on both sides of the tunnel fill with water year round from the steep embankments. The ditches ultimatley fill with leaves, slowing the drainage and creating problems on the trail. The project could cost in the neighborhood of 9k.

The trail members will be feted on the 4th of July for their long time service to the town. Festivities begin at 5 pm at Caseys Crossing where on the 4th of July 1847 the first train to come to Holliston stopped. The celebration will continue at the 8 Arch Bridge for a laser light show.

 

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Comments (4)

Also adding our deepest thanks. My husband and I ride our bike in the evening nearly every weekday. It is the highlight of our day!

- ERICA PLUNKETT | 6/27/18 8:09 AM

I'll add my thanks, especially to Robert, who had the stamina to remain an advocate for the conversion of the railroad right-of-way to a multi-use trail for almost 30 years. We are all in debt to him and the other folks who worked so hard to build this trail for the town. Well done!

- Peter Simpson | 6/27/18 7:14 AM

Congrats and thanks to all involved over the past 20 or so years. You have created a gem of a recreational trail for all to enjoy. My wife and I walk that trail 5 or 6 times a week........a real valuable addition to the town. Thank you to all .

- David ONeil | 6/25/18 4:30 PM

Thank you for all the great work you do in making this a great Holliston resource!!!

- Diane Baldwin | 6/25/18 7:16 AM

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