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SNETT TRAIL CLOSURE ADVISORY, May 11 – August 31, 2020!

We are so excited that the tunnel project under the Prospect Street in Franklin is on schedule! Please read the advisory below about the trail closure. We also suggest to follow our Facebook page for any updates, as well as the Town of Franklin, Franklin Police and Franklin DPW pages for any traffic advisories for Prospect Street during the construction. Thank you!

WHAT:          Starting the week of Monday, May 11, 2020, and continuing through Monday, August 31, 2020, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will install a new underpass at Prospect Street in the Town of Franklin along the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT).

The trail will be closed between Lake Street in the Town of Bellingham and Spring Street in the Town of Franklin, and trail users should plan to use other parts of the SNETT during this period of time.

Additionally, due to safety concerns, the public will not be allowed within the work zone area and passage around the work zone at Prospect Street in the Town of Franklin cannot be provided. Furthermore, the time period to complete the work is only an estimate, and may require additional time to complete the project.

WHERE:       Lake Street in Bellingham and Spring Street in Franklin

WHEN:          Monday May 11, 2020 – Monday, August 31, 2020

Outdoor opportunities

We can all use some fresh air and nature during these difficult times. Below are some resources on where you can go.

Few things to remember: Please practice social distancing of 6 or more feet. Dogs must be leashed in many of the places, so please be courteous to other users. Carry in/carry out policy also applies.

As of 3/31/2020 DCR Parks and Trails remain open. Please follow DCR Guidelines when visiting. Up to date information can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-state-parks-covid-19-update

Town of Franklin trails remain open, however playgrounds, fields and public buildings are closed until May 3rd. For trail info and maps, please go to: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/431c30cda1e24123b5fe9795b5bae17c

All Mass Audubon and Trustees properties are closed to public until further notice.

For more hiking trails ideas, visit Marjorie Turner Hollman’s Easy Walks blog or Facebook page.

Please make sure to check online before you head outdoors, if trails are still open to public, as things can change quickly.

Be safe and well!

CANCELLED – 10th Annual FBRTC 5K Road Race

3/31/2020 UPDATE – Due to the COVID-19 and school closures until May 4, 2020 the race has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for more details. Thank you.

Register today for our annual road race happening on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Remington Middle School in Franklin. Race starts at 10am. You can run 5K or walk 2K.

We are very excited to team up with the Tri-Valley Front Runners (TVFR) organization to help us run the race. Check out their website HERE.

BIG NEWS! – Prospect st. tunnel funding approved!!

We are excited to announce that funding of the Prospect Street tunnel on the SNETT rail trail in Franklin, MA has been approved!!!

State Rep. Jeff Roy (D-Franklin) and Rep. Mike Soter (R-Bellingham) shared this great news with the Franklin & Rail Trail Committee members, guests and visitors at our Tuesday’s meeting on September 10, 2019.

State Rep. Jeff Roy delivering the news about funding approval to FBRTC and community members.

The project will go out to bid in November 2019 and should be completed by the end of the summer/early fall of 2020.

The funding of this project is a result of many years of collective effort by FBRTC members, state legislators, DCR officials, Franklin and Bellingham Town officials and residents.

Town and State Officials present at the meeting (left to right): James Kupfer (Bellingham Town Planner), Cary Vandenakker (DCR Representative), Rep. Mike Soter (Bellingham), Melanie Hamblen (Franklin Town Councilor), Rep. Jeff Roy (Franklin), Marc Kaplan (FBRTC president)

“The Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) is proud to be the community advocate for the SNETT and the funding of the Prospect Street tunnel project,” said Marc Kaplan, FBRTC president. “The tunnel project solves a major impasse on the SNETT and creates a seamless connection between the towns of Franklin and Bellingham. When completed, the tunnel will help realize our mission of making a universally accessible trail for all ages and abilities and will improve the quality of life for residents. We would like to thank Representatives Roy and Soter and Senators Spilka and Rausch, as well as Franklin and Bellingham Town administrators for their leadership to secure funding for this important project, and the DCR for their tireless work and direct assistance in developing the SNETT rail trail.”

We cannot forget to also thank the Franklin Odd Fellows – the Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee was originally formed in January 2009 as their community project!

We are so looking forward to see this project come to a completion!

Conceptual rendering (courtesy of DCR) of the tunnel (above), current state of the trail (below).

For additional, detailed information, please visit the following resources:

State Rep. Jeffrey Roy Blog

Milford Daily News