Dennis-Yarmouth Rail Trail Extension

Dennis Rail Trail bike bridge (unfinished)In Spring 2016, the towns of Dennis & Yarmouth began construction on a new extension for the Cape Cod Rail Trail. This project adds bridges to span two major roads in both towns, Route 134 in S. Dennis and Station Ave. in S. Yarmouth. A third bridge to span Bass River and 3.7 miles of new paved path are also currently under development.

As of April 2018, Phase I construction is over with both road spans having been completed. The overflow parking lot for S. Dennis was concurrently built at the original Dennis Town Hall lot on Old Bass River Rd. In addition, a brand new parking area with facilities adjacent to Yarmouth Commons shopping plaza was added for access to the Station Ave. bridge.

Dennis Rail Trail Extension overflow parking lot (unfinished)

Phase I’s combined cost was $7.3 million, with Phase II construction projected to be $3.7 million for the Bass River bridge connecting both sections. As of this update, the metal span has been fully installed. Crews are now preparing to pave the approach for connection with the asphalt path on both ends. Project construction is scheduled to finish by Summer 2018.

 Phase III will connect Peter Homer Park on Old Town House Rd. in Yarmouth to Mary Dunn Rd. in Barnstable. This future edition includes a bike bridge over Willow St. plus crossings at Forest and West Yarmouth roads. It effectively extends the existing town trail from Old Townhouse to Higgins Crowell Rd. Scheduled to open in 2022, construction of an 80-space trailhead parking lot north of the Higgins Crowell Rd. roundabout in W. Yarmouth is also planned to provide the public easy path access.

With construction currently underway, both towns are posting periodic updates on the progress of their respective projects:

Dennis Rail Trail Extension Updates

Yarmouth Rail Trail Extension Updates

Cape Cod Rail Trail Extension Map

Leighton Realty Rail Trail page