Design of the Waltham Component of the Mass Central Rail Trail – Wayside Branch

Waltham, MA

Design of the Waltham Component of the Mass Central Rail Trail – Wayside Branch

Waltham, MA
Awaiting the Wayside
  • Coordinate with City officials and MADCR staff
  • Evaluate existing conditions
  • Public outreach
  • Roadway crossings design
  • Structural design
  • Permitting
  • Final design of bike path, access, and amenities
Overview

The City of Waltham retained Pare Corporation to provide professional design and permitting services for the middle segment of Waltham’s portion of the Mass Central Rail Trail – Wayside Branch. The design included development of the path, its access, roadway crossings, and associated amenities.

Inherent in the design of the linear trail were the assessment and design for repair and reconstruction of various structures, including a timber bridge, a steel truss bridge, and culverts that used to support the original rail. Additionally, slopes adjacent to the trail required the design of two retaining walls.

In addition to the linear trail design, the project included detailed design for each roadway crossing, inclusive of raised crosswalks, Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons, and High-Intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) beacons. Finer details, including wayfinding, mile markers and other amenities were developed through a public engagement process as well as coordination with the City and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.