Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Sudbury Information

The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFRT) will be a 25-mile rail trail between Lowell and Framingham, along the former Lowell Secondary Track right-of-way of the Old Colony Railroad. In Sudbury, the rail corridor extends though the center of Town, approximately 4.4 miles from South Sudbury near Route 20, north to the Sudbury/Concord Town line. The Town is in the process of designing the trail which will be constructed with State and Federal support.

The project is on the 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) committing construction funding during Federal Fiscal Year 2022. 

The 25% Structural Design elements were sent to MassDOT to initiate their formal review in November 2019.  (See links below).  MassDOT will hold a Design Public Hearing in Sudbury once their comments have been addressed by the Design Team.

If you wish to learn more about the project, please see the links to resources below.

Please see the BFRT Design Task Force Meeting webpage for information on the Task Force.

Please sign up for email notification regarding the Sudbury BFRT project, if you are interested in receiving project updates.

MassDOT General Design Process Flowchart (BFRT – Sudbury Design Status highlighted)

BFRT Project Update December 9, 2019

Schedule for 25% Design and Design Public Hearing

25% Sketch Plan Submission to MassDOT November 27, 2019

Geotechnical Report

Hydraulic Report

Sketch Plan Pantry Brook Bridge

Sketch Plan Hop Brook Bridge

Sketch Plan Boardwalk (south of Hudson Road)’

Public Notice August 2019

Crews collecting data on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Corridor

BFRT Project Update July 9, 2019
Memo for BOS Meeting July 9, 2019

25% Structural Design (Bridge Sketch Plans) Development
Schedule March 2019

MassDOT Comments Received on 25% Submission

Bridge Section Comments Pantry Brook
Bridge Section Comments Hop Brook 
Geotechnical Section Comments

25% Design Plans Submitted to MassDOT, September 2017

Town Letters to MassDOT:  September 8, 2017 and  September 15, 2017
25% Design Plan Set
25% Design Submission Booklet (Highway, Environmental, and Traffic Checklists, Construction Cost Estimate, and Parking Memo)
Functional Design Report
Hop Brook Preliminary Structures Report 
Pantry Brook Bridge Type Study Report

25% Design Right of Way (ROW) Plans
25% Design Utility Plans

Other Documents, September 2017
Designer (VHB) Response to Town Comments 
Estimated Wetlands Impacts
Estimated Floodplain Impacts

Preliminary Design Plans

Preliminary Design Memo from VHB
Preliminary Design Plans Overview Presentation Identifying Some Challenge Areas
Preliminary Design Plans
Preliminary Profiles
Preliminary Cross Sections
Preliminary Roadway Crossing Plans Feb 2017

Alternatives Analysis
Potential Roadway Alternative Routes

Design Process
Proposal Request – 25% Design BFRT; September 10, 2014
Accepted Proposal Response – VHB; October 3, 2014 

October Update Memo – BOS Meeting; November 1, 2016
August Update Memo – VHB; August 31, 2016
Town Counsel Opinion on Superseding Order of Conditions; August 7, 2015
MassDOT Letter; May 5, 2015
MassDOT Letter; May 1, 2014 


BFRT Meetings
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Meeting; March 9, 2017 Meeting Flier  Notes
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Meeting; November 29, 2016   
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Design Charrette; August 25, 2016   Notes
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Meeting; June 21, 2016   Presentation 
Rails to Trails Public Forum; January 22, 2015  
Rails to Trails Forum Minutes

Other Items
Request for Funding to Acquire the Northern Portion of the CSX Corridor – 2018 Application for the Recreational Trails Program Grant
Town Meeting CPC Appropriation Vote; May 7, 2014
Board of Selectmen BFRT Gift Acceptance Vote; April 8, 2014 (begins on page 5)