Since 2009, Lamb and Nancy E. Randolph with the sanction of the towns of Topsham and Brunswick and bolstered by the help of ten other committee members have tirelessly worked to bring about the construction of a 1.25 mile, four-season, fully-accessible, dedicated intown-walking and cycling loop along the sides of the Androscoggin River. The Riverwalk includes the historic Swinging Bridge and the sidewalk of the Frank J. Woods Bridge.
This portion of the project is estimated at $120,000 and funded in part by a grant of a Maine Department of Transportation Quality Community Program FY2010-11. The Riverwalk Advisory committee has raised and continues to raise the local match. Fore River Foundation donated $24,000 earmarked for the construction begun today.
The Brunswick-Topsham area, especially along the Androscoggin River, is a vital historic and tourist region that is in the process of tremendous growth. The Riverwalk will be an added attraction for visitors as well as local residents and employees of Brunswick and Topsham businesses.
Dan Burden of Walkable and Livable Communities Institute said that the Riverwalk was, “… a key component of connecting the downtown with the Androscoggin River… will help bicyclists and pedestrians navigate from Fort Andross’ stores, restaurants and activities into other areas of downtown Brunswick and into the lower village of Topsham.…Each of these activities are increased and enhanced by facilitating bicycle and pedestrian transportation as provided by the Riverwalk.” Burden’s organization completed a study report titled: "Downtown Walkability, Brunswick, ME, 2011-2012."
Brunswick. It will provide alternative safe routes for pedestrians & cyclists between Topsham Heights neighborhood and downtown Brunswick. It will also: encourage walking and cycling over vehicular travel between NorthWest Brunswick neighborhood & Topsham Lower Village; be an asset for employee recruitment and retention with its availability for short, healthy walks for employees during lunch or before or after work; add commerce to local businesses as Riverwalk visitors patronize nearby businesses, restaurants, retail shops, and galleries and allow safer and easier access to the historic Roebling design and build Androscoggin Pedestrian Swinging Bridge.
Another portion of the project has seen progress. Wright-Pierce on a pro bono basis has completed construction documents with estimates for that portion of Mill Street that connects the west end of Bow Street with the Swinging Bridge park. Brunswick’s town staff and the Riverwalk committee members have completed a grant application for the completion of the 1.25 mile loop.
Randolph stated, “The Riverwalk project is another opportunity for me to work with both the Topsham and Brunswick communities continuing to work together on a mutually beneficial project, as we did on the successful Androscoggin Swinging Bridge restoration. The Swinging Bridge and now the Androscoggin Riverwalk is a symbol of the connection and cooperation between Brunswick and Topsham today and in the future.”
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