The White Cedar Swamp Boardwalk Project aka The Davis Road Boardwalk

Soraya Stevens, Chair
Bedford Transportation Advisory Committee

Over 20 years ago, residents of Davis Road organized and asked the town to consider building sidewalks on Davis Road, especially along the White Cedar Swamp area to facilitate safe bicycle and pedestrian travel. It is an important stretch of road because it connects neighborhoods to schools and increases bicycle and pedestrian connectivity between West Bedford and the center of town.

The stretch of Davis Road next to the White Cedar Swamp has a posted speed limit of 35mph and due to Massachusetts State Law, lowering posted speed limits is a nearly insurmountable task. The road has significant glare issues at certain times of the day and is largely unused by pedestrians and cyclists due to the lack of safe shoulders and the inherent speed through the area. In the winter, this area is prone to black ice, and the snow banks further reduce the area for any pedestrian travel. This stretch of road poses many challenges for construction of traditional sidewalks. There are significant conservation land impact considerations and grading issues on both sides of the road and there are utility poles and right-of-way concerns on the north side. There is a long history of obstacles to building a sidewalk along this busy stretch of residential roadway; multiple attempts have been made and no sidewalk was ever constructed.

Attention: Bedford Citizen Readers Ages 55 and Over!

By Dot Bergin

What did you do with it? Is it under the pile of Sunday papers on the kitchen counter?

We’re talking about the Survey of Residents 55 & Over, which you received in your mailbox last week. Time is running out; the deadline for returning your Survey (in the self-addressed stamped envelope) is November 20.

If you prefer, you can fill out the Survey online here: https://www.bedfordma.gov/home/news/town-of-bedford-survey-of-residents-age-55-over

Observing Veterans Day in Bedford, 2017

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Town of Bedford conducted Veterans Day ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park on The Great Road at noon on Saturday, November 11. Bedford’s Police Honor Guard escorted committee members and dignitaries along the walkway from the Patriot statue to the Veteran’s monument. The Bedford Minuteman Company’s fifes and drums accompanied the march.

33rd Annual John Dodge Coat Drive: A Bedford Tradition Continues on Saturday

By Julie McCay Turner

The 33rd Annual John Dodge Coat Drive will take place from 8 am until dusk on Saturday, November 4 in front of the Bedford Funeral Home, 167 The Great Road, opposite the Bedford Marketplace.

The late John Dodge’s commitment to gathering gently-used and clean coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for Boston’s homeless men and women served by St. Francis House in Boston is the stuff legends are made of.

Halloween Night in Bedford

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

For many years Dave Dillen and his family have created a Halloween extravaganza. The Bedford Citizen thanks Jeannette Pothier and Richard Manley for helping to share the delight of the display with those who couldn’t visit in person.

Sunday Night Storm Update: Trees Down, Schools on 2-Hour Delay

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford schools are on a 2-hour delay this morning due to the impact of the Sunday night storm.

According to reports, a downed tree and power lines on Railroad Ave are affecting access to John Glenn Middle School. The Middle School Parents Association cautions parents to use Concord Road to McMahon Road for morning drop-off.

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