BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announces that the design for the next phase of the Mattapoisett Multi-Use Path Project, from Mattapoisett Neck Road to Depot Street, has been completed and the project has obtained all necessary permits and certifications.

With the completion of the design, the next step for the project is the advertising for construction contractor bids which is scheduled for Saturday, September 1, 2018.

This project, the so-called Phase 1B extension, serves as the second phase of the multiple-phased Mattapoisett Multi-Use Path proposed through the Town of Mattapoisett. It is anticipated that construction will begin in the spring of 2019, with an expected construction duration of approximately two years. The cost of this phase of the project is $8,000,000.

The Phase 1B extension will begin at the path’s current terminus at Mattapoisett Neck Road (Phase 1) and extend the existing path easterly 1.28 miles to Depot Street. This path is part of a connection that currently exists heading west through Mattapoisett and Fairhaven, terminating at the Fairhaven/New Bedford Harbor. This section of path is also part of a larger multi-use path network that seeks to eventually connect Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion and Wareham.

The project, on a larger scale, will serve as a part of the Bay State Greenway and SouthCoast Bikeway plan to provide a bicycle connection from Rhode Island to Cape Cod.

--Massachusetts Department of Transportation