State officials today announced a 2-mile "community path" from Lechmere to Lowell Street, alongside the Green Line extension, will be fully complete by the time the Green Line extension opens, whenever that is (the latest estimate is 2020).
Construction is already well underway on the segment between Cedar and Lowell streets; state officials say that part of the path should be ready for use this fall.
The final cost of the walking and bicycle path is set at $39 million, half of which will be paid for with federal funds.
In 2013, MassDOT began construction of the path extension from Cedar Street to Lowell Street. That phase is expected to be completed and open to use this fall.
The Community Path originally connected the Alewife Linear Park to Davis Square in Somerville. In 2011, MassDOT completed the first extension of the path to Cedar Street. The city of Somerville, which is acquiring some of the land and easements needed for the path extension, will maintain the path, which will be ADA compliant and include trash cans, landscaping, benches and bollards.