Wareham Community Pathway to begin construction in 2022

Selectmen OK engineering study
By Matthew Bernat | Jul 11, 2017

Plans for a 13-mile bike path through town pedaled forward Tuesday night after Selectmen officially authorized proponents to move ahead with an engineering study.

Michael Langford, chairman of the Wareham Bike Path Committee, appeared before Selectmen and said the path’s route along Minot Avenue will be examined. Dubbed the Wareham Community Pathway, it would serve as a link in a series of bikeways stretching from Fairhaven to Cape Cod.

The route through Wareham is set to connect with Marion on Blackmore Pond Road, then travel along an abandoned rail-bed corridor, then head north to Fearing Hill Road, connect to Main Street, then to Narrows Road and Minot Avenue, then head down Onset Avenue, around Onset Village via West Boulevard and eventually onto Cranberry Highway and over the bridge to Buzzards Bay.

The committee has been working on the path for more than a decade, and in 2011 Town Meeting voters approved spending $200,000 to cover the cost of the design. In total, the path will cost an estimated $3.8 million to complete with 90 percent of the bill being covered by state and federal funds, leaving the town to pay for approximately $385,000.

Selectman Alan Slavin said the state OK’d the project to begin construction in 2022.

Langford said the Minot Avenue section of the path requires further study, as the narrow, highly-trafficked road may pose some challenges for cyclists sharing it with drivers.

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