What are the significant environmental considerations along the recreational path?
The feasibility study included a preliminary screening conducted to identify critical areas where impact avoidance/minimization and mitigation measures may need to be incorporated into the project design. The screening was based on information obtained from state agencies and available MassGIS data.
The following areas were addressed:
- Wetland and water resources
- Endangered species
- Cultural and Historic Resources
- Hazardous materials
- They can be found in section three of the feasibility study.
Reducing, Reusing and Recycling are the new “gold standards” of environmental protection. How will the recreational path meet these goals?
Reduce: The path will be a corridor for only non-motorized means of transportation therefore reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Highways and cars have lead to isolation whereas the trail will lead to active healthful lifestyles and increased community interaction.
Reuse: The transformation of a once vital transportation corridor into another means for travel is the ultimate in recycling. The development of the path as a lateral park will once again revitalize an historic icon now left idle.
Recycle: The Recreational Path Committee will investigate the possibilities of using recycled and sustainable materials in the construction and maintenance of the path. Examples of possible green construction materials include recycled pavement and certified sustainable wood.
What material will be used for the recreational path surface?
The current planning specifies an asphalt pavement. The committee is open to alternative hard surfaces that may have less environmental impact.