Worcester – On Monday, June 20, MassDOT Highway Division District 3 Director Jonathan Gulliver will join Congressman James McGovern and Worcester officials at a ribbon-cutting event for a new shared-use path.

The new shared-use path runs from Kilby Street to Tainter Street and provides additional bicycle and pedestrian access to a nearby Boys & Girls Club and the South Main neighborhood. Construction on the project began in April 2015 and was completed in April 2016. The recently completed construction of a pedestrian/bikeway path and retaining wall along the westerly perimeter of the redeveloped site restores access through this section of Worcester’s Main South neighborhood. The path is approximately one thousand feet long, fourteen feet wide and is lighted along its length. This project also includes the resurfacing of Kilby and Gardner Streets.

U.S. Congressman James McGovern secured $3 million to create the path.

The shared-use path is one of many MassDOT projects promoting the expansion of an active transportation network in Worcester. Other projects currently in construction include new segments of the Blackstone River Greenway and its accompanying visitor center, the recently completed Quinsigamond Village Bikeway and the full restoration of the Route 9 Kenneth Burns Memorial Bridge, which includes new bicycle lanes and sidewalks in both directions.

The City of Worcester will own and maintain the path.

WHO: MassDOT Highway Division District 3 Director Jonathan Gulliver, U.S. Congressman James McGovern, Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus, Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera, other community leaders.

WHEN: Monday, June 20, 10:30 A.M.

WHERE: At the corner of Kilby and Tainter streets in Worcester (Rain Location: Boys & Girls Club House, 65 Tainter Street, Worcester)

The project also includes roadway improvements on Kilby and Gardner streets as well as street light modifications, sidewalk replacement, and road resurfacing. A retaining wall has also been installed from Kilby Street to Tainter Street.