First phase of rail trail improvements is complete
Ladies and gentleman, grab your helmets and water bottles because the Mid to Lower Cape portion of the Cape Cod Rail Trail opened this past Saturday (June 17th).
The first phase of the project, begun last fall, finished on time in mid-June as predicted. Last fall the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) closed the 10 mile portion of the trail between Route 134 in Dennis and Millstone Road in Brewster.
As part of the repairs, the asphalt was widened, root barriers were installed, parking lots and road intersections were improved and invasive trees were removed.
The entire trail (see map here) will be open for the summer with phase two commencing after Labor Day. At that time, the 12 mile second half of the trail from Mitchell Lane in Brewster to LeCount Hollow Road in Wellfleet will be closed to public use until the project is completed in the spring of 2007.
The two-phased improvement project was intended to allow the bike path to remain open in the busiest summer months of July and August.
Costs to improve the 22 miles of trail are estimated in the neighborhood of $6+ million.