BOSTON — An extension of the shared-use path that runs from Mattapoisett to the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier in Fairhaven will likely be constructed by DW White of Acushnet.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation opened up the project to bidders on Tuesday, January 8. MassDOT announced Thursday that out of the ten bidders, DW White presented the lowest bid at $6,645,395.44. MassDOT will review the bid prior to issuing the Notice to Proceed for work.

The new shared-use path will accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians and will extend from Mattapoisett Neck Road to Depot Street. The path will create an additional 1.02 miles of walking/cycling for users who already utilize the path that runs through Fairhaven and into Mattapoisett.

“We are pleased to see this multimodal infrastructure project continuing to move forward,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “I would like to thank the many stakeholders that have transformed this idea into a reality, such as the Town of Mattapoisett, the local elected officials, and the Mattapoisett Bike Path Committee and their Friends Committee. We look forward to continuing to work together to deliver this important project.”