PATCH ANSWERS: Are Sidewalks Coming to Westford Road?

Welcome to our latest "You Asked, Patch Answers"


After our Patch Answers column on how far the sidewalks will go down Old Westford Road, someone asked us whether or not there would be sidewalks constructed on Westford Street between Old Westford Road and the Town Center.

Short Answer: Yes. Longer Answer: They're planned.

The town of Chelmsford categorizes sidewalks into five categories: good condition, fair condition, poor condition, under construction/design, planned for future construction. Westford Street is in the fifth category, with a sidewalk on each side of the street, switching over at Abbott Lane.

We've attached a map from the town with all five categories on all of the town's streets, accurate as of earlier this month.

Dee Dee January 23, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I would to see sidewalks on the other side of Richardson Rd. We have three main schools there and that road is to dangerous and cars go speeding.
Tim Miranda January 23, 2013 at 06:32 PM
I've never understood why we don't have more walkable neighborhoods around schools, especially in the North Chelmsford area. Kids who live in a neighborhood that has them attending Harrington, then McCarthy, then the high school, theoretically live within walking distance of all three, but there's no practical way for them to walk without encountering roads without sidewalks (Richardson), large roads with high speeds and no traffic calming features (north rd, princeton, middlesex), and side streets with no sidewalks.
Sunny January 23, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I agree with Tim if you expect the students to walk to school then there should be sidewalks.Kids need some exercise away from computer. Is not the responsibility of the sidewalk's abutters to keep it clear of snow? Some cities and towns give out fines. Lately, the dog walkers are using the bike path for daily duty. There were many beautiful trees, shrubs, wildflowers, etc. destroyed in the construction of the bike path. Is it true that new residential developments must have sidewalks?
John Gault January 23, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Gotta agree with Mike, I like just spouting things out too!! Spout spout spout! Let's see how good the spout was: "So expensive (citation needed) bike trails are built – to be used by a tiny minority of bikers (citation needed). Sidewalks are built [beautiful healthy trees sacrificed (citation needed) of course] so city workers can draw overtime (citation needed). And then the inevitable lawsuit – when somebody trips on a crack...(citation needed) So who says sidewalks are urgently (citation needed) needed?
Lee Panas June 06, 2013 at 11:22 PM
I've been living in Chelmsford for 45 years and the bike trail is one of the best things the town has ever done.


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