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Salem Bike-Ped Corridor

Community Development

General info

  • Lead department: Community Development
  • Project manager: William Scott
  • Funding: The project funding will be predominantly through grant funds. The grant funding source applied for to date by the Community Development Office is Transportation Enhancements program which was awarded in the amount of $910,000 for the project. In addition the Town has negotiated an agreement with the State Department of Transportation to allow the use of rail salvage as a means to leverage trail construction.The Town issued an RFQ for procuring a company to use the salvage value of the rail and has selected Iron Horse Preservation Society who specializes in rail trail construction in lieu of salvage. The link to their website, the agreements for the salvage with the State, the link to the grant application at the SNHRTA website and other documents are listed below.

Project details

The Salem Bike-Ped Corridor along the abandoned Boston and Maine Railroad Manchester to Lawrence Branch will form the primary non-motorized transportation path from the Methuen town line at Hampshire Road to the existing Windham Rail Trail at Route 111. This plan was envisioned and documented in 2003 when plans were made to widen Route 93. Connections to businesses, residential areas, schools, recreation areas, and Park-N-Ride locations will provide economic growth, more convenience, less traffic congestion, higher property values, and promote active lifestyles. The project is a means to provide everyone safe alternatives to motor vehicles along the Route 28 corridor for multi-purpose uses such as walking or cycling to work, school, shopping, and activities that are beyond the typical recreational use. The five- mile rail trail, adjacent to Route 28 on the west side, is a principal component of an overall transportation approach. The planning is focusing on creating connections all throughout the Route 28 corridor. The dollars invested will result in emissions reduced, gas saved, health improved, and an economy supported with infrastructure for employees and shoppers. The proximity of the rail corridor to the Route 28 corridor places a large population at the doorstep of an alternative transportation opportunity (over 4,800 households within ΒΌ mile). Parallel to this effort we are planning on creating a regional transit system to move people employed in the area more effectively. A common mistake of highway planning is to leave bicycle and pedestrian opportunities to the back burner. Our intent is to bring these issues to the forefront and incorporate these plans into a larger plan. This alternative view to the typical recreational trail places pedestrian and bicycle improvements into the everyday lives of residents and employees. Essentially we view this project as an opportunity for everyone, everyday.

Associated links and files

http://www.ironhorsepreservation.org/
http://snhrta.org/snhrta.org.html
http://www.nh.gov/dot/programs/bikeped/


Friends Donation.pdf
Salvage Agree.PDF
BIKE PED FAQ'S.pdf
Friends Iron Horse.pdf
SALEM TE RFQ AUG 2012.pdf
rail trail-MAPS 1-5 2012.pdf
rail trail-MAPS 6-10 2012.pdf
Salem Trail Plan 2012.pdf
rail trail-MAPS 11-14 2012.pdf
Bike Ped Survey Summary.pdf
Survey Comments #14.pdf
Iron Horse DRAFT CONTRACT.pdf
Salvage RFQ awarded IHPS Sept 2011.pdf

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