The group charged with overseeing installation of a pedestrian and bicycle path from Falmouth to the Cape Cod Canal will be going after additional project funding from the state. The committee has agreed to apply for another $300,000 from the commonwealth.

The Town Administrator Advisory Committee on Pedestrian Bicycle Pathway voted during its meeting Wednesday, January 22to apply for more funding from the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program, committee chairman David J. McPherson said.

The proposed 6.5-mile extension, which would run from North Falmouth to the Cape Cod Canal, would connect the Shining Sea Bike Path in Falmouth with the Canal Service Road in Bourne.

Mr. McPherson said the new funding would pay for completion of the design for Phase 1 of the bike trail project. Phase 1 is currently under contract for 75 percent of the design, he said. The money would also pay for a portion of the design for Phase 2, and fully design Phase 4b, he said.

The design work is being done by the engineering firm of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin.

Phase 1 goes from Bell Road to Monument Neck Road, and Phase 2 stretches south from Monument Neck Road to Monks Cove in Pocasset. Phase 4b extends from Scraggy Neck Road in Cataumet to the Falmouth town line. That portion of the trail, Mr. McPherson said, is not under contract yet.

The $300,000 grant amount being sought, Mr. McPherson said, would be boosted by $50,000 in Community Preservation Act funds approved at last October’s Special Town Meeting, and an anticipated contribution from the Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail. Last year, Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail contributed $25,000 to the project.

The committee has already received a grant of $285,000 from the Mass Trails Program. That money was used to fund partial design of Phase 1 of the trail, and the start of design on Phase 2.

The Bourne Rail Trail project has also received $15,000 from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that works with communities to preserve unused rail corridors by transforming them into rail trails. That funding was secured by the group Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail.

The committee received another $50,000 in Community Preservation Act funds through a Community Preservation Committee article that passed at Annual Town Meeting in May. CPA funds are generated through a 3 percent surcharge on property owners’ annual real estate tax bills.

Mr. McPherson said that, in total, the project has secured $410,000 in funding for the design of the pedestrian bicycle path.

The deadline to apply for the Mass Trails grant is February 1, he said.

(3) comments

megmaggio88

Very exciting indeed: Finally, a plan much talked about and now being implemented extending Shining Sea Bike Path in Falmouth with the Canal Service Road in Bourne.would surely increase property values for all homes nearby.

Gadfly

If this is finally built, it will be exciting for children using the path to see the occasional train go by. Kids don't see those too often anymore.

kwdusini

Amazing project!

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