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