Project Updates

Please note that all dates are approximate and are subject to change. This information will be updated periodically. 

Construction updates – 7/28/2020 

  • All MassDOT projects are proceeding under the COVID-19 guidelines and procedures for construction sites and workers at all public work. All dates are estimated and subject to change.
  • Construction is underway, and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
  • Route 30 bridge approach work is proceeding.
  • Route 30 utility work is complete.
  • Erection of the Route 30 bridge is anticipated in late August.
  • Intersection improvements at Speen Street/Nouvelle Way at the terminus of the Wonderbread Spur are anticipated in August.
  • Tie-in of a new 18" water main along Route 9 is expected in late July/early August.
  • Route 9 bridge abutments are under construction.
  • Route 9 roadway improvements are anticipated in 2021.
  • Erection of the Route 9 bridge is anticipated in September.
  • Pathway asphalt and fencing is installed north of Route 9; preparation of scenic overlooks is underway.
  • Pathway grading south of Route 9 is underway.
  • Replacement of culvert north of General Greene Avenue is underway.
  • The Framingham CRT bench, kiosk, and pathway immediately north of Route 30 is currently closed to the public.
  • The Natick section of the trail is officially closed for the balance of construction.

Project Updates – 5/27/2019

  • The CRT in Natick is closed to the public for the duration of construction for public safety. This is a change of plans, made necessary because of the continued use of the trail by the public during construction and clearing. In addition, the project team has determined that following tree clearing, the trail is not safe for public use. 
  • For your safety, do not use the CRT until it is re-opened to the public.
  • The Natick section of the CRT will terminate in the area of Mechanic Street and Whitney Field, pending a future extension to the Natick Center MBTA Station. The Town will be working with MassDOT and the MBTA on planning for a connection from Mechanic Street to the new Natick Center MBTA Station, to be constructed after the MBTA Station is completed.
  • On July 19, 2019, MassDOT held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Natick CRT project and to announce the final State Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plans. See MassDOT blog.
  • Signs and barriers are in place to alert the public.
  • Public access is prohibited from Willow Street to the Natick Center MBTA Station.
  • A construction contract has been awarded by MassDOT to MAS Building and Bridge, and they along with several subcontractors have begun work.
  • All work will be conducted within the right of way owned by the Town, or on land subject to easements and access agreements.
  • 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.
  • Contact with any questions or concerns.