If you’ve ever seen the painted red strips marking the Freedom Trail in Charlestown, Downtown Crossing, and the North End, you may have noticed they were getting a little stale. That’s why the trail is getting a $50,000 makeover.
Multi-colored thermoplastic red, white, and blue-gray 10-inch strips are being applied with heat to nearly 2,000 feet of the path on crosswalks and concrete sections of the painted trail. The strips, expected to last eight years, will eliminate the annual maintenance cost of painting the non-bricked area, which was “time consuming and inefficient,’’ according to the release. They are also being arranged to look like bricks for a more polished, uniform appearance throughout the historic way. The bricked areas of the Freedom Trail will not be affected.
The Department of Public Works project began at the end of May and will be completed at the end of June. The hope, according to the release, is to create a more prominent and attractive way for the anticipated 4 million visitors annually to navigate the trail.
The Freedom Trail is well-known throughout the city, stretching 2.5 miles and tracing the Downtown, North End, and Charlestown areas. It passes 16 historic sites including museums, churches, a ship, and burying grounds.