JULY 2023 - Danvers Rail Trail Northwest Extension Progress Update
Northwest Rail Trail Extension - Overview
The town has approved extending our current rail trail northwest towards Middleton. This extension will be a 2.9 mile non-motorized, shared-use continuation of the existing Danvers Rail Trail, connecting Danvers downtown to additional Danvers western
neighborhoods and eventually to the Middleton Rail Trail.
The extension will provide a healthy recreational option to all residents and visitors. The extension will be similar to the current trail in design, surface (stone dust), usage, rules, etc.The northwest extension will be completed in four phases (see map below).
By the end of June 2023, work was completed on the stone dust surface between the current trail and the access point at Maple St/Rt 62. This section includes the completed timber bridge spanning Beaver Brook (a few hundred yards northwest of 34
Hobart Street). This bridge is a major step forward in completing the connection to Middleton.
Design and Conservation Commission approval for leveling and applying a stone dust surface between Maple Street and Nichols Street is planned for the near future.
For those in the Hathorne area, stone dust has been applied to the trail surface from about the Lahey Outpatient Center on Hathorne Drive north to the Middleton trail. It is now possible to follow a stone dust trail from Lahey to Route 62 in Middleton (at Farmer Brown’s), about 1.5 miles one way. Residents near the construction have been notified (more details here). We do not expect any disruption along the current trail.
Two Danvers Rail Trail "Hall of Famers" install the boundary post denoting where the Middleton and Danvers trails connect. Work also started installing
the mile marker stakes along this section of the trail.
Phase 1a: Time: September 2022 to August 2023
The current trail at Hobart Street to Maple Street (Route 62). Stone dust surface has been applied. The bridge to cross Beaver Brook is complete. Crossings will be completed, and various wayfaring signs will be installed in July.
Phase 1b: Time: TBD
Maple Street (Route 62) to Nichols Street. Due to its proximity to wetlands, preliminary designs for a safe and ADA-compliant trail crossing at Maple St have been presented to Danvers Conservation Commission. Funding and timing of this crossing still need to be determined.
The presentation to Danvers Conservation Commission can be viewed here. Start viewing at minute 48.
Phase 2: Time: TBD
Nichols Street to Hathorne Ave. This phase has the most significant engineering challenges as it crosses Rt 95 and Rt 1 and the intersection at Nichols St/Maple St. Most of this work (design to construction) will be done by the Mass Department of Transportation, with construction currently planned for 2028. More updates can be found on the Mass DOT TIP site here: MassDOT project 612607 (note that for some reason, Mass DOT calls this Phase 3).
Phase 3: Time: January 2023 to August 2023
Hathorne Ave to Middleton Line. The stone dust surface is complete — signs will be added during the summer of 2023.
For more information on this project, please contact Aaron Henry Director, Land Use + Community Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates will posted to this website and work progresses