The Board of Selectmen recently approved issuing the Belmont Community Path Request for Proposal (RFP) that was prepared by the Community Path Implementation Advisory Committee (CPIAC). This RFP will seek a consultant who will perform a feasibility study; the consultant will be selected and engaged by the end of May. The study will have an end of the year due date.
The purpose of the feasibility study will be to: (1) evaluate potential routes and design features; (2) prepare conceptual designs with cost estimates for path options; (3) propose a recommended solution for the path; and (4) advise on funding steps. It will provide final engineering assessments of the route options that have been evaluated as well as recommendations for routes and path designs. This will allow the Board of Selectmen to make an informed decision and recommend a final Community Path route by early next year.
I have been working closely with the CPIAC and have walked all of Belmont’s potential path routes that will be evaluated during the feasibility study. My vision for addressing the need for a path is to first establish a core path that forms a connection between Cambridge and Waltham. Once this core path has been created then, perhaps over time, we can build tributaries from this core path and create a comprehensive Community Path that is both safe and accessible to all Belmont residents.