Starting Monday, July 8, the CRT is closed from Chrysler Road to Willow Street while contractors clear vegetation in preparation for utility work and bridge/trail construction. This closure will be in effect until approximately mid-August.
Signs and barriers are in place to alert the public.
Public access is prohibited from Willow Street to the Natick Center MBTA Station.
The Route 9 bridge is closed along with the most of the trail through mid-August.
A construction contract has been awarded by MassDOT to MAS Building and Bridge, and they along with several subcontractors have begun work.
Once clearing of the trail is complete, construction will begin in the fall of 2019, and is scheduled to be completed by early 2021.
Construction is funded with 80% federal and 20% state funding.
The Town of Natick acquired the right of way from CSX Transportation in 2016, and temporary and permanent easements were acquired in 2018.
The Town will be developing maintenance, oversight, safety and parking plans prior to the completion of construction.
Please note that dates are approximate and subject to change. This information will be updated periodically. The project encompasses three primary areas of work:
Route 9 bridge demolition and construction (estimated Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)
Route 30 bridge construction (estimated Spring 2020 - Winter/Spring 2021)
Trail construction (estimated Spring 2020 - Winter/Spring 2021)
Upcoming work (dates are estimated):
“Clearing and grubbing” between Chrysler Road and Willow Street to remove vegetation (July 8 through mid-August 2019)
Full trail closure for the balance of construction, which will begin with Route 9 bridge demolition and removal of the existing abutments (starting October/November 2019). This work will involve occasional detours on Route 9.