Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

PHASE Construction

Recent photos of construction progress along the trail are
available here

Rail Trail Construction FAQ is available here

Phase 1 Memorandum of Agreement details here.

Rails, Trails and Ties

This column in the Chelmsford Independent has information about the current progress on the trail.

June 17, 2009 - Adding artistic touches to the Rail Trail

March 25, 2009 - With arrival of spring, work on bicycle trail gets rolling

November 13, 2008 - Take care near the worksites

October 30, 2008 - Connecting with the Freeman Rail Trail

September 18, 2008 - Work on Freeman Rail Trail rolls along

September 4, 2008 - Keeping track of the bicycle trail

July 3, 2008 - Rail trail construction shifts to the Center

June 5, 2008 - New bicycle and pedestrian committee

April 24, 2008 - Where will the rail trail run?

March 6, 2008 - A real count of potential trail users
Topic: Statewide trail usage counts on Sept. 8, 2007

January 17, 2008 - Clearing of the rail trail completed
Topic: Phase 1 construction

December 26, 2007 - Greenway slated for rail trail
Topic: Concord River Greenway and Greenway Connector Trail

December 12, 2007 - Many components to rail trail
Topic: Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Coordinating Committee

November 20, 2007 - Work on the bike trail has started
Topic: Phase 1 construction

September 26, 2007 - Bike trail groundbreaking set
Topic: Brief history of Phase 1

September 20, 2007 - New Column
Topic: Phase 1 construction

Related Links

Photo Tour of Chelmsford Trail prior to construction

History of the Railway in ChelmsfordDetails Here

Chelmsford Land Conservation Trust

Chelmsford Historical Society

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust

Middlesex Canal Association






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Rose Breasted Grosbeak at Phase 1 section of the trail in Chelmsford Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak in breeding plumage near trail in Chelmsford
Amenities and Acquistions

The Friends of the BFRT are assisting with amenities, such as benches and bike racks, and the acquisition of the Phase 3 portion of the railroad right of way (ROW). The rail trail will also need regular maintenance for which the Friends will provide support. More information here

Sponsor a mural on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail