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FST Attends Ribbon-Cutting for the Mystic River Reservation Trail Boardwalk in Somerville
October 6, 2014
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts -- On Monday, October 6, 2014, the design team that helped make the long-awaited Mystic River Reservation Trail Boardwalk a reality took part in a ribbon-cutting along with several local officials and political leaders, with representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the public in attendance. Local luminaries included Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, DCR Commissioner Jack Murray, State Representative Tim Toomey, State Representative Denise Provost, State Representative Paul Donato of Medford, State Senator Pat Jehlen of Somerville and Medford, Board of Alderman President Bill White, and Mystic River Watershed Association Executive Director EK Khalsa.The result of FST's work is a new boardwalk bridge that connects Ten Hills in the Mystic River Reservation with Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park and Assembly Square. The boardwalk is nearly 600 feet long and 12 feet wide. The project involved construction of the boardwalk on helical screw foundations to minimize impacts to the Mystic River, and included the installation of lighting along the boardwalk and under the Wellington Bridge (Route 28). The connection at Shore Drive included a raised intersection to slow traffic.
The Boardwalk is attractive and functional, but it also boasts Ipe Decking. One of the hardest woods available, it is known for its strength, durability and natural resistance to decay, wet conditions, and infestation by termites and borers. It is also more fire resistant than any other wood.
In reporting on the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Somerville Times noted, "Now those who take the Orange Line to work from Ten Hills can cross over in the morning and enjoy a nice walk along the river to the recently opened Assembly Square T Station, passing all the new stores and restaurants presently occupied, as well as those that will soon be opening." Local officials and media are referring to the Boardwalk project alternatively as the Wellington Underpass.
DCR Commissioner Jack Murray at the podium, with Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone to his right and State Representative Paul Donato and State Senator Pat Jehlen to his left.