Hudson’s Mason-Houghton walkway rebuild to be locally funded

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By Justin Roshak, Contributing Writer 

The historic walkway between Houghton and Mason Street remained closed last month, two years after part of the walkway crumbled into the nearby Assabet River.  Photo/Tami White
The historic walkway between Houghton and Mason Street remained closed last month, two years after part of the walkway crumbled into the nearby Assabet River.
(Photo/Tami White)

HUDSON – Repairs to a walkway between Houghton and Mason Street will go forward after the Select Board voted to use reserve funds Aug. 23. 

The historic walkway runs under the old train bridge now used by the Assabet River Rail Trail. Part of the walkway collapsed into the nearby Assabet River back in 2019.

“We closed down the path due to safety concerns,” director of public works Eric Ryder told the Select Board at its August 23 meeting. 

Ryder said he had received permission from the two abutting property owners who will allow access to the site for repairs. 

Workers from the Department of Public Works will repair the collapsed wall and resurface the walkway. Some trees may also be removed to facilitate repairs. 

When completed, the path will comply with the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). It will be at least 42 inches wide, perhaps running even wider at 48 inches, Ryder said. 

The project will cost $25,000 and will be paid for out of the Town’s reserve fund.

The Select Board unanimously approved the expenditure.

The DPW will be able to use some materials that it already has on hand as it undertakes this project, Ryder said.