Welcome To The Danvers Rail Trail
From Rails To Recreation
Danvers Rail Trail Northwest Extension Progress Being Made!
We are happy to announce that work has been completed on the timber bridge spanning Beaver Brook (a few hundred yards northwest of 34 Hobart Street). It is now possible to cross over the brook and make your way northwest towards Route 62/Maple Street. Initial work on the bridge included installing sediment control measure to help protect nearby wetlands. This bridge is a major step forward in completing the connection to Middleton. Leveling and applying a stone dust surface between the current trail 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. Its now possible to follow a stone dust trail from Lahey to Route 62 in Middleton (at Farmer Brown’s), which is about 1.5 miles one way. Residents in the vicinity of the construction have been notified (more details here). We do not expect any disruption along the current trail.
Watch a Video Update On The Extension Below:
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EXPANSION, PLEASE CLICK HERE!
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 current Danvers Rail Trail, connecting Danvers downtown to additional Danvers western neighborhoods and eventually to the Middleton Rail Trail. The extension will provide an additional healthy recreational option available 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 4 phases (see map below):
Phase 1a: Time: September 2022 to June 2023
The current trail at Hobart Street to Maple Street (Route 62). This phase includes a bridge to cross Beaver Brook.
Phase 1b: Time: TBD
Maple Street (Route 62) to Nichols Street
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.
Phase 3: Time: TBD
Hathorne Ave to Middleton Line
For more information on this project, please contact Aaron Henry Director, Land Use + Community Services Department at email@example.com
Updates will posted to this website and work progresses