The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFRT) will be a 25-mile rail trail between Lowell and Framingham, along the former Lowell Secondary Track right-of-way of the Old Colony Railroad (Full BFRT Corridor Map and Status). In Sudbury, the rail corridor extends though the center of Town, approximately 4.4 miles from South Sudbury near Route 20, north to the Sudbury/Concord Town line (Sudbury BFRT Project in Design Map). The Town is in the process of designing the trail, which will be constructed with State and Federal support.
The project is on the 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) committing construction funding during Federal Fiscal Year 2022.
The 25% Structural Design elements were sent to MassDOT to initiate their formal review in November 2019. (See links below). MassDOT will hold a Design Public Hearing in Sudbury once their comments have been addressed by the Design Team.
To learn more about the project, please click the blue underlined hyperlinks below.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Design Task Force
Please see the BFRT Design Task Force webpage for information on the Task Force.
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BFRT Project Update February 2020
BFRT Project Update December 9, 2019
25% Sketch Plan Submission to MassDOT November 27, 2019
Soil Samples/Borings along the Corridor in Summer 2019
BFRT Project Update July 9, 2019
25% Structural Design (Bridge Sketch Plans) Development
Schedule March 2019
25% Design Plans Submitted to MassDOT, September 2017
Town Letters to MassDOT: September 8, 2017 and September 15, 2017
25% Design Plan Set
25% Design Submission Booklet (Highway, Environmental, and Traffic Checklists, Construction Cost Estimate, and Parking Memo)
Functional Design Report
Hop Brook Preliminary Structures Report
Pantry Brook Bridge Type Study Report
25% Design Right of Way (ROW) Plans
25% Design Utility Plans
Other Documents, September 2017
Designer (VHB) Response to Town Comments
Estimated Wetlands Impacts
Estimated Floodplain Impacts
Preliminary Design Plans
Preliminary Design Memo from VHB
Preliminary Design Plans Overview Presentation Identifying Some Challenge Areas
Preliminary Design Plans
Preliminary Cross Sections
Preliminary Roadway Crossing Plans Feb 2017
Potential Roadway Alternative Routes
October Update Memo – BOS Meeting; November 1, 2016
August Update Memo – VHB; August 31, 2016
Town Counsel Opinion on Superseding Order of Conditions; August 7, 2015
MassDOT Letter; May 5, 2015
MassDOT Letter; May 1, 2014
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Meeting; March 9, 2017 Meeting Flier Notes
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Meeting; November 29, 2016
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Design Charrette; August 25, 2016 Notes
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Meeting; June 21, 2016 Presentation
Rails to Trails Public Forum; January 22, 2015 Rails to Trails Forum Minutes
Request for Funding to Acquire the Northern Portion of the CSX Corridor – 2018 Application for the Recreational Trails Program Grant
Town Meeting CPC Appropriation Vote; May 7, 2014
Board of Selectmen BFRT Gift Acceptance Vote; April 8, 2014 (begins on page 5)
Rail Trail Resources