Many of the arguments at the state Department of Transportation public hearing were repeats from past hearings during which abutters on Chenaille Terrace had asserted the bike path on city land would be detrimental to their neighborhood.
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has confirmed that rules that ban the use of motorized vehicles such as snowmobiles or motorcycles don't apply to adaptive equipment such as scooters and wheelchairs.
The city has passed the 75 percent design milestone on the extension of the Ashulwilticook Rail Trail and is now starting the permitting process.
"The bike path is on schedule and on budget. We are at the 75 percent design phase for the project, which is a required milestone in the process. We just recently saw a draft of a notice of intent for the wetland permit, which is required for the project," Parks and Open Spaces Manager Jim McGrath said.
According to Mark Moore, of MassDOT District 1, negotiations with landowners have reached a roadblock and now designers have to go back to the drawing board to find a new way to bring the trail farther north.
Town officials, state representatives and those who played a critical role in the development of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail attended an official ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of its latest extension.
Cyclists rolled into the Adams station Friday afternoon from all directions to celebrate the official opening of the 1.2 mile extension of the rail trail that goes from Hoosac St to Lime St.
The town will hold a ceremony on May 12 to mark the official opening of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Extension.
Although many have been using the 1.2 mile extension from Hoosac St. to Lime St, former selectman Arthur "Skip" Harington came before the board of selectmen Wednesday and asked permission to hold an opening ceremony May 12 at 2:00 at the Adams Station.
The Cheshire Community Association has joined the Adams Arts Advisory Group's efforts to install public art along the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.
John Tremblay of the association said the Massachusetts Cultural Council has granted the group funds to install a piece of art.
The extension of the Ashuwilticook Rail Trail to Crane Avenue needs to be redesigned to alleviate safety concerns while cutting through Unistress property.
The city has already spent a quarter of a million dollars designing the extension in preparation to receive $2.5 million in federal highway funds for the construction. Now, after a 25 percent design hearing, the state is asking for a redesign to circumvent the Unistress property.