Even after parts of a rail trail are finished, there’s always some interesting improvements in the works. On Saturday, I went out to the part of the ARRT that was completed in 2005 and checked out a new eagle scout project. Adam Suvalskas from Marlborough Troop 2 is an eagle scout candidate and is upgrading the safety fences with the city’s approval.
When the Marlborough and Hudson sections were built, the state had to cut some costs. It was the fences that were most effected. Where nearly every rail trail fence ever built had 6″x6″ posts, the ARRT got 4″x4″. The usual 2″x8″ side rails, became 1.5″x6″. And worst of all, a flimsy 1/2″x4″ plank was nailed to the top of each post. Within weeks, the top planks were sagging and then snapping off. Some of them have even been replaced, only to be broken again.
Out on the trail, Adam’s team is removing all the top planks, shifting the 3 side rails up to their proper position and then replacing the original nails with proper bolts. The site was busy, with about 10 scouts and 2 adults almost finished with the last of the fences.