Mystic River Reservation Trail


Mystic River Reservation Trail

Somerville, MA


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About this Project

To handle an exciting improvement along Somerville’s riverfront in the Assembly Square District, the City chose FST for the challenge of developing the Mystic River Reservation Trail.  The trail will meet ADA standards, with a total boardwalk length in excess of 200 ft and 10 ft wide.  Based on this size, FST will prepare a Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Environmental Notification Form (ENF).
After examining the original construction plans for the Route 28 bridge, FST determined that stone rip rap was placed around the abutment to prevent erosion from tidal action. At that time, the Mystic River was tidal. With construction of the Amelia Earhart Dam in 1966, these stones were no longer needed. Accordingly, the trail can meet the grades for ADA accessibility by removing the top two rows of stones.
Other issues include avoiding the storm drain outlets, which are directed at the proposed locations of the boardwalk, and an MWRA outfall.

A site evaluation will characterize protectable wetland resources, and demarcate the boundary of Bordering Vegetated Wetlands.  Because the boardwalk portion is located in Navigable Waters, there are a number of permit requirements--the Corps of Engineers, a USCG Bridge Permit, a Wetlands Protection Act Notice of Intent, and Chapter 91 License Application.

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Owner: Office of Strategic Planning & Development

Location: Somerville, Massachusetts

Highlights: On Monday, October 6, 2014, a ribbon-cutting ceremony featured representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the public. Other prominent attendees 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.