Tuesday night, community members joined with town officials to officially celebrate and recognize the Webster Road multi use path. The ribbon, held by Town Manager Paul Bohne, left, and Town Planner Dean Pierce, right, was cut by Bill Smith, chair of the Shelburne Selectboard. Smith addressed the onlookers, acknowledging the work and time it took for members of the town’s administration and Bike and Paths Committee to see this major portion of the project through to completion.
The concept of a path along Webster Road was first broached in the 1990s. According to Committee Chair Rob Donahue, it was in March of 2008 that town voters decided to construct Webster Road and several other key path routes. A meaningful portion of the funding came via grant awards, but the majority of funds came by way of bonding.
“These paths, sidewalks, and bike lanes have changed our community for the better and will continue to do so,” Donahue said. He offered that the next segment of the Webster Road path, between Boulder Hill and Spear Street, is to be constructed later this year. “Following that, in the 2-3 year timeframe, we plan to construct the next segment of the so-called Longmeadow-Webster path network. “Segment-3” will be an approximately 8-foot-wide gravel path between Hawley Drive and Longmeadow along an existing wooded corridor. This additional segment will enable further connectivity into Longmeadow and Deer Run neighborhoods.”