MassDOT Makes Plans to Extend Northern Strand Through Downtown Lynn

Rendering of the proposed Northern Strand on-street bikeway on South Common Street, approaching Market Street, in downtown Lynn.
Rendering of the proposed Northern Strand on-street bikeway on South Common Street, approaching Market Street, in downtown Lynn. Courtesy of MassDOT.

On Wednesday evening, MassDOT shared early designs for a 2-mile extension of the Northern Strand Trail that would extend the popular pathway east through downtown Lynn to the Atlantic Ocean.

Earlier this year, the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs finished construction on a project that built new trailside amenities and extended the trail through Revere, Saugus, and Lynn. The trail currently ends at Western Avenue, about one mile west of downtown Lynn.

A map of the proposed 2-mile extension through downtown Lynn.
A map of the proposed 2-mile extension through downtown Lynn. Courtesy of MassDOT.

The new project, which is expected to cost $9.5 million and could go under construction in 2023, would extend that trail with curb-separated, on-street bikeways and sidewalk improvements on city streets through downtown Lynn to state-owned parkland at Nahant Beach.

MassDOT plans for extending the Northern Strand Trail would build a two-way, protected bike path along the southern edge of the Market Square roundabout in Lynn.
MassDOT plans for extending the Northern Strand Trail would build a two-way, protected bike path along the southern edge of the Market Square roundabout in Lynn. Courtesy of MassDOT.

The project would build new two-way, curb-separated bike lanes along the south side of the Market Square roundabout (pictured above), the Lynn Common, and Market Street.

MassDOT plans for extending the Northern Strand Trail would build a two-way, protected bike path along South Common Street in Lynn.
MassDOT plans for extending the Northern Strand Trail would build a two-way, protected bike path along South Common Street in Lynn. Courtesy of MassDOT.
Rendering of the proposed Northern Strand on-street bikeway on Market Street in downtown Lynn. Courtesy of MassDOT.
Rendering of the proposed Northern Strand on-street bikeway on Market Street in downtown Lynn. Courtesy of MassDOT.

 

The new bikeway would also run right past the downtown Lynn regional rail station in Central Square.

One block south of the MBTA station, at Broad Street, the trail would run along roadways owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation to the bathhouse at Nahant Beach. From there, the trail would connect to an existing oceanfront path that runs along the beach to the town of Nahant.

At Wednesday evening’s virtual meeting, hosted by teleconference, officials and residents from Lynn and Nahant expressed enthusiasm for the project.

“We’re extremely supportive of this project and excited that you’re creating a corridor for folks to make it to the shore, and also for us at the shore to get inland,” said Tony Barletta, Nahant Town Administrator. “Having that protected bike lane is extremely valuable, and we’re excited about that.”

MassDOT plans to refine the project’s engineering plans in the coming year, and have the project ready for construction by 2023.

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