The City of Newburyport will host a virtual “Zoom” public information meeting on the Parker Street Shared Use Pathway project, part of the Clipper City Rail Trail Phase III initiative, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday May 21, 2020. Participants will include Geordie Vining, the City’s Senior Project Manager, and representatives from the engineering consulting firm TEC.
This project is focused on improving the crossing of State Street at the Parker Street intersection which currently has no accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists, and extending the Rail Trail 500’ along the northern side of Parker Street. The project is on track for final design and permitting this summer and construction beginning this fall of 2020. The design is supported by Community Preservation Act funding, and construction will be supported by a state Complete Streets grant secured by the City. Many people are walking and bicycling along the edge of Parker Street as well as crossing State Street to access the Rail Trail, and it is important for public safety as well as the public’s recreational experience to re-construct this intersection and install the off-road trail.
This pathway project will connect with MassDOT’s project #608494 to construct pedestrian and bicyclist accommodations to cross Route 1 and the Rotary, which is about a year behind the municipal project. The Parker Street Shared Use Pathway will also connect to the east with developer Ed Hill’s project to construct an additional 500’ of trail along Parker Street to the town line as part of a Special Permit, and then eventually the final 250’ feet in Newbury to the existing trailhead.
The link for the upcoming Zoom webinar virtual public information meeting is as follows:
When: Thursday, May 21, 2020, 7:00pm
Topic: Parker Street Shared Use Path – Informational Meeting
Join Zoom Webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89744258588
Phone (audio only): +1 312-626-6799
Webinar ID: 897 4425 8588
For more information, contact Geordie Vining, Senior Project Manager in Newburyport’s Planning Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note that phone calls are not available due to City Hall’s closure and staff working remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.)