Shared Use Pathways are a type of shared bikeway and pedestrian-way physically separated from the roadway and are intended to be shared by multiple types of pathway users, serving both transportation and recreational purposes.
West Commercial Street Pathway Design
Through the West Commercial Street Pathway project, the City of Portland, in consultation with the Maine DOT, is designing a portion of the West Commercial Street Pathway along the frontage of the Star Match building. This segment is just one of many vital missing links in the plan to create a circumferential shared use pathway network around the Portland Peninsula, and when complete, will help to extend the Fore River Trail from its existing terminus to the east.
On January 13, 2021, the City of Portland held a public meeting to review draft plans for the project. To review the plans from the meeting, click here.
This study, completed in early 2016, developed a shared use pathway concept to connect the Back Cove Trail/Tukey’s Bridge pathway with the shared use pathway built on the newly constructed Martin’s Point Bridge.
This study, completed in 2009, developed two potential alignments for a shared use pathway from the Veteran’s Bridge/Fore River Parkway Trail to Harborview Park along West Commercial Street. The MaineDOT constructed Phase I in 2015 as part of the International Marine Terminal Project including the traffic signal at Beach Street and a pathway from east of Beach Street to just east of the Star Match Building. The city has secured funding for Phase II and will be embarking on its design in the near future.