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Efforts renewed to fund the Neponset River Greenway Trail

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 5, 2013 04:47 PM

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(Image courtesy DCR)

The location of the three missing sections.

The filling in of the Neponset River Greenway Trail, a project that has continually been pushed to the back burner, may soon become a higher priority.

An announcement is expected to be made at the Neponset River Greenway Council’s monthly meeting from State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry’s office, about her push to include funding for the project in Governor Deval Patrick’s 2013 transportation proposal.

“Completing the Neponset River Greenway Trail has been a priority for me and the residents of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Milton,” Dorcena Forry, said in a statement. “The greenway will expand access to both area transit and local businesses. It will be a driving force for new economic development and employment opportunities, and it will improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

The project, which has been led by the Commonwealth’s Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Boston Natural Areas Network, seeks to complete missing sections of the trail that stretches along the Neponset River from Dorchester to Hyde Park.

Portions of the trail are still missing in Dorchester, Mattapan/Milton, and Hyde Park.

DCR has tried to fund the project federally, but has never been awarded the money.

The price of completing the three sections was estimated in 2011 to cost close to $15-million dollars.

In Dorchester a portion of the trail that would allow residents to bypass the Interstate 93 off-ramp at Morrissey Boulevard, still needs to be completed. In Mattapan/Milton, DCR still needs to complete 1.5-miles of trail and in Hyde Park DCR still needs fill in the trail near the Martini Shell on Truman Parkway.

At the council’s meeting Wednesday night, representatives from Dorcena Forry’s office are expected to lay out the details of the push and how area residents can advocate for the project.

The group will meet Wed., Feb. 6, at the Hyde Park Police Station located a 1249 Hyde Park Ave.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

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