The Town of Arlington, acting through its Department of Planning & Community Development (hereinafter referred to as DPCD), seeks proposals from consultants to complete a feasibility study to connect the Mystic River Path to the Minuteman Bikeway (“the Bikeway”). Specifically, DPCD seeks the professional services from experienced planning, urban design, transportation, or engineering firms qualified to develop a plan for a connection that will address safety and access between the Mystic River Path and Bikeway, identify community goals and priorities, conduct an alternatives analysis of the corridor route and intersection redesigns, and describe an implementation plan for improvements to make the connection a safe, accessible, and enjoyable off-road path for people biking and walking. The implementation plan will describe next steps for bringing the project to construction and include conceptual designs with preliminary cost estimates that could be further developed into design plans for construction. The implementation plan must be actionable and be able to serve as the basis for future grant applications and project development between local and state stakeholders. It is expected that the consultant will work with the Town of Arlington, the City of Medford, the Mystic River Watershed Association, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation to prepare the plan. This effort will be informed by a public engagement process as well.
A project briefing session is scheduled for Thursday, September 2, at 3 pm via Zoom.