Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge: Transportation Study Report

The Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (ARNWR) is one of eight refuges comprising the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Complex. The refuge is relatively new. It was established in 2000 and first opened to the public in 2005. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the existing transportation system and infrastructure to understand current conditions and use, and to develop a plan of near-term and long-term projects to improve access to, and mobility within, the ARNWR. The need for the study arises from several factors. One is the desire to determine the best means to accommodate the growing amount and changing type of visitation experienced since the opening of the refuge in 2005 and the Visitor Center in 2010. Another reason for the study is that many of the then existent trails, roads and travelways in the refuge were in disrepair at the time the property was transferred to the USFWS in 2000 and the roadway surfaces have deteriorated further since. In addition, the refuge lands were isolated from the surrounding communities in the decades they were used by the Army and there are opportunities for better connectivity to the adjacent neighborhoods and communities. The study results are contained in the following chapters: (1) Introduction; (2) Activities and Visitation; (3) Regional Demographic and Socioeconomic Characteristics; (4) Habitat and Cultural Resources; (5) Existing Transportation Conditions; (6) Preliminary Conceptual Alternatives; (7) Candidate Alternatives; and (8) Transportation Improvement and Enhancement Plan.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 82p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01889400
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2023 11:51AM