The Town of Bridgewater has been tentatively awarded funds to construct the first phase of the Riverwalk project.The first phase would construct a path at Edgebriar Park, under the Main Street bridge and into Seven Bridges Park. Then a paved shared-use path would extend down to the bird sanctuary and another path would extend down to Bridgeview Park completing the 1000 foot section. The Riverwalk is a vision project, years in the making, that aims to build approximately a two mile path that connects seven small and separated waterfront parks. The Riverwalk would also make a safe and strategic connection for bicyclists and pedestrains traveling from one side of town to the other without having to cross Main Street.
The current Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), a Federal-Aid Highway program, is a component of the federal transportation bill – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, also known as MAP-21 signed in July 2012. TAP recieved some minor changes and updates during the signing of The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act on Dec. 4, 2015, as well as a new name the "Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside" program, but is still commonly known as TAP.
These set-aside funds include:
1) Most of the eligible activities from the Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program, now known as Transportation Alternatives (TA), which has ten qualifying TA sub-activities
2) Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) activities
3) Recreational Trails Program activities and
4) Planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways