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Ribbon Cutting for Trail Expansion Set for Tomorrow

Participating in the fall cleanup of the Upper Charles Trail were front row Left to Right-: Pat Rosenthal, Danielle Horn, David Cassinelli, Sheldon Moniz, Truman Hix, Terenzio Volpicelli and Ed Eck. Back Row: Dick Flooks, Nancy Wojick, Theresa Mazzarelli, Sarah Quirk, Jim Cickroft, Tom Reardon, Franklin Reese and Frankie Reese. Not present in photo: Sean Brady and Ron Bloch

Just like anyone hosting a big party, the Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail spent the morning of Saturday, September 17 cleaning in preparation for the grand opening of the 2.9 mile Phase II of the trail. The ribbon cutting is tomorrow, September 24, at 10 a.m. with a ceremony across the street from Friendly's restaurant on Medway Rd. (Rt.109).

Phase II, which brings the trail to 5.7 miles, consist of three separate segments: a 1.4-mile continuation from the Phase I end point at Deer Street off Cedar St. (Rt. 85) to the Hopkinton town line, where a 23-slot parking lot was constructed; a new, one-mile segment from Veterans Memorial Drive at Medway Road (Rt. 109) along a National Grid-owned corridor to within a few hundred feet of the Holliston town line; and a new spur connecting the previous end point at the commuter parking lot across the street from Sacred Heart Church to the rear of the Senior Center on North Bow St.

The estimated $3.5-million project was fully funded by the federal Highway Administration through state transportation funds and constructed by Hanover-based P.A. Landers, Inc.

Phase III of the trail – an approximately one-mile segment from the commuter parking lot across from Sacred Heart Church out toward Veteran's Memorial Drive – has been designed and the required environmental permits have been applied for. Funding has been tied to the construction of a downtown alternate traffic route.

The Milford trail is part of the overall Upper Charles Trail, a 20-mile trail connecting Ashland, Holliston, Milford, Hopkinton and Sherborn.

Those cleaning up the trail in preparation for the ribbon cutting were volunteers from the Friends, members of the Montgomery Masonic Lodge, local high school students and others. Pat Rosenthal, President of the Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail and Vice President, David Cassinelli, mapped out the areas to clean. Rosenthal was pleased with the volunteer turnout and hopes at least as many will attend the ribbon cutting ceremony.


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