Route 117 to Mt. Misery Overflow Parking Lot – New Path
A new 450' shared use path and split rail fence was installed to fulfill a vital missing gap in our trail network system. It runs along the north side of South Great Road (State Route 117) at Lee’s Bridge (the Concord Line) to the east to the Overflow Parking Lot for Mount Misery, a very popular destination for people throughout the region. This lot offers direct access for paddlers using the Sudbury River and to the local trail system. The Bay Circuit Trail intersects here.
This will complete an important link within the network for both bicyclists and walkers. Currently these trail users that cross the bridge need to be on the traveled roadway with essentially no shoulder or on an unimproved grass field with an uneven surface. Filling this missing link was identified as a goal in our Complete Streets Public Forums and is identified as a high priority in the MAPC Local Access Score as it connects densely populated areas with local destinations, and provides biking and walking access to schools. This project meets goals identified in the Town’s Master Plan, Open Space and Recreation Plan, and Lincoln’s Complete Streets Program Public Forums. It is located at one of the “Gateways” into Lincoln. Future plans will be to make improvements on this pathway all the way to Lincoln Station and the along the “Spine” of Lincoln, that connects Lincoln Station to the Public Schools, then to the Historic Town Center, and ultimately to the new athletic field just south of Route 2 (the Wang Land Project).