Staley said the 2-mile section from Needham Junction to the Dover line at the Charles River could be available as a recreational path within two years, at very little cost to the town. The Bay Colony association is working with an organization that would construct the path, topped with crushed stone or stone dust, in exchange for the right to salvage the steel railroad tracks it would remove.
But Connors said the same company is willing to work on the trail in Needham Heights, which means it, too, could be done for little money. He also said the Route 128 road project won’t be done for several years, so the existing railroad bridge could still be used until then. He thinks there would be a bigger incentive for the state to rebuild the bridge if it is already being used for an existing rail trail.
“What’s needed is for the town to explore this issue,’’ Connors said. “Let’s try to get it done now.’’
To update Town Meeting members, the Friends of the Needham Rail Trail Greenway held an information meeting last week with a slide presentation about the proposed rail trails. The presentation included a look at how the town could connect the 2.75 miles between the north and south sections along Rosemary Lake and with bike lanes.
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