The Revere section of the Northern Strand Community Trail was covered with a compacted, soil, recycled asphalt material this week.
The trail there remains a construction site pending the City of Revere’s installation of a crossing at Salem Street. Bike to the Sea, Inc. worked with the City of Revere, using funds from the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), to hire contractors to build the trail.
When it’s complete, the Revere segment of the trail will connect four miles of paved trail in Malden and Everett with 2.5 miles of trail in Saugus. Although the compacted, soil, recycled asphalt covering is not as solid as the asphalt paving done in Everett in Malden, it is more compact and provides a smoother ride than the compacted crushed stone surface on the Saugus portion of the trail.
The Revere portion of the trail runs along the Rumney Marsh and offers scenic vistas of the natural landscape.
Since 1993 Bike to the Sea has been working to create the Northern Strand Trail: a trail free of cars from the Malden/Everett area of Massachusetts to the beaches in Revere, Lynn and Nahant.
Once the Revere section is complete, 7.5 miles of trail will run from Everett, through Malden, Revere, and Saugus to the border of Lynn. Lynn officials are still considering whether the city will build its segment of the trail and Bike to the Sea, Inc. is working with Lynn grassroots groups in hopes of making that happen.