Community Bike Path

Somerville Community Bike Path

The City of Somerville selected Weston & Sampson to develop final designs for its Community Path beginning at the intersection with Cedar Street and connecting to the existing bridge at Lowell Street. The project consisted of:

  • Full depth construction
  • Connections to the Lowell Street Bridge using stairs and ramps (structural steel frame with aluminum grating, galvanized guard rail, and stainless steel handrails)
  • New hot mix asphalt porous pavement
  • Construction of low, stone retaining walls
  • Minor drainage improvements
  • Fixed and removable bollards
  • New cement concrete pavers
  • New cement concrete walks
  • New ornamental lighting
  • Enhancements including benches
  • Trash receptacles and bicycle racks
  • Brick pavers and landscaping
  • New pavement markings
  • Signs
  • Other incidental items of work

Our work in the design and construction of the path involved extensive coordination with the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB) to ensure accessibility for all. In addition, the project was reviewed and constructed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) under the State Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and met their design standards and public bid requirements.

The project included a comprehensive community participation component and required coordination with key stakeholders, including the existing Veteran Nurses Association property, a residential community developed at the former MaxPac site, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line Station. In addition, the project required permanent and temporary right-of-way acquisitions, utility coordination, and a Phase I soil investigation.


BSLA 2017


Boston Society of Landscape Architects Award Merit Award in Design, 2017


LOCATION: Somerville, MA


  • multi-use path with site furnishings
  • comprehensive community participation program
  • coordination with MAAB, MA DOT, MBTA
  • environmental (Phase I) soil investigation
  • right of way acquisitions and utility coordination

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