Phase 2B in Concord Inching Its Way Along

This article appeared in the Spring/Summer 2014 Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Newsletter

While Phase 2A is getting much attention as deadlines press upon it, Phase 2B (primarily a bridge over Rte.2) is making slow progress, but progress nonetheless. The agreement with prime contractor AECOM had expired and was renegotiated. Further, because of MassDOT staff constraints, the review of the preliminary bridge design, which is generally done internally, has been assigned to the engineering consultant Boston Bridge.

A geotechnical review will take place within MassDOT and is expected to be completed at the end of May. After these tasks are done, the 25% design will be finished, and a public hearing will be held, keeping the project on track for 2017 construction. In addition, Concord has allocated $250,000 in Community Preservation Funds for further design.