The Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk is a year-round, in-town walking loop, 1.25 miles long. Fully-accessible paths, including sidewalks in the more urban portions of the route, link the Frank J. Wood Bridge to the historic Androscoggin Swinging Bridge along the Androscoggin River in both Brunswick and Topsham.
Improvements to the Riverwalk are being implemented in phases. Initial components included restoring of the Swinging Bridge and creating of a new pedestrian walkway on the Frank J. Wood Bridge as well as an extension to the Summer Street sidewalk in Topsham. In October 2012, the Mill Road section through the woods in Topsham was completed, linking the Swinging Bridge to the Summer Street sidewalk and a lighted crosswalk was added on Mill Street at the Brunswick end of of the Swinging Bridge to provide safe access for pedestrians. Historic markers can be found at the Topsham end of the Swinging Bridge and on Summer Street in Topsham, with a view toward the historic Cabot Mill in Brunswick,
Currently, planning by the Maine Department of Transportation is underway for for improvements to the Androscoggin River crossing between Maine Street in Brunswick and Main Street in Topsham - the "Maine(e) Street Bridge." A decision on whether to rehabilitate the Frank J. Wood Bridge or replace it with a new bridge is expected soon. In the meantime, the Riverwalk Advisory Committee is represented on the Design Advisory Committee for a potential replacement span. Click here for the "Preliminary Report on Design Recommendations" issued by that committee.
Future phases will include improvements along the busy Mill Street Route One connector in Brunswick and the Fort Andross area in Brunswick as well as a riverfront park at the Priority Business Center in Topsham. In 2017, the Maine Department of Transportation approved funding for study of the Riverwalk between the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge and the Frank J. Wood Bridge to be undertaken by the Town of Brunswick in MDOT's 2017-18-19 Capital Work Plan. The Riverwork Advisory Committee donated the required $16,000 in local matching funds that it had raised from a variety of sources. The study is underway, as of December 2018, to develop a final plan for the Brunswick section of the Riverwalk, including its connection to the bridge connecting Brunswick Maine Street and Topsham Main Street, and a safe route from the Riverwalk to the Androscoggin Bicycle and Pedestrian Path.
More benches will be installed along the route, particularly at sites that provide spectacular views of the Androscoggin River and the neighborhoods adjacent to the river. There will be directional signage along the route and informational signage at points of natural, historic or other significance. As necessary, existing sidewalks will be extended or improved. New safety buffers will protect pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles in the more high-traffic sections of the Riverwalk.