Northern Strand Community Trail Extension, Everett

City of Everett, SITE Centers
Everett, Massachusetts

The City of Everett is building upon the success of the existing sections of the Northern Strand Community Trail by continuing it to the Mystic River, a project that is co-sponsored by SITE Centers, owners of the Gateway Shopping Center. The extension to the south will provide a connection from the existing terminus near downtown Everett to Mystic River, including Gateway, Encore Boston Harbor, DCR Riverwalk paths, and eventually destinations across the river into Boston via a pedestrian bridge to be built to Assembly Row. A safe, comfortable path will allow Everett residents a high comfort facility to bike or walk, whether out of desire or need, and will provide another recreational resource.

HSH has been a partner to the City of Everett on this project since the beginning, completing the planning study that selected a concept alignment to meet the physical and environmental challenges of filling this critical gap in the network. The presence of wetlands, the MBTA ballast yard and commuter rail, an Activity Use Limitation (AUL) on contaminated property, and multiple land owners added challenges beyond the civil engineering required to design the path. HSH has completed preliminary and final design for the path, which includes sections of boardwalk over resource areas and retaining walls to reduce impacts to the MBTA property and adjacent wetlands. As the trail passes under the two Revere Beach Parkway (Route 16) bridges, the right of way varies among MBTA, DCR, and private property.

HSH continues to assist on Northern Strand through Construction Services for the trail extension, which broke ground in March 2021.