One Road, Many Revolutions! The American Revolution started here. World-renowned classic literature was written here. The environmental movement was seeded here. Innovations in aerospace and electronics technology were developed here.
The Battle Road follows the approximate path of the British regulars during the battles that marked the start of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775 – where the “shot heard round the world” was fired. The byway runs roughly parallel to Route 2 along approximately fifteen miles of roads in the communities of Arlington, Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, including part of the Minute Man National Historical Park. Not only is this route famous for its role in the American Revolution; The Battle Road Scenic Byway is a Road to Revolutions because of literary, environmental, and technological revolutions that have occurred along the Byway throughout its history through today.
The communities of Arlington, Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, the Minute Man National Historical Park, MAPC, and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation are collaborating to help conserve this historic route and to highlight its archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts officially designated The Battle Road Scenic Byway on November 6, 2006. With funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Scenic Byways program and a match from the Massachusetts Highway Department, MAPC is developing a Corridor Management Plan for the byway in conjunction with the project partners, to be completed in the spring of 2011.
The Corridor Management Plan
A Corridor Management Plan (CMP) is a written document that specifies the goals, strategies, and responsibilities for conserving and enhancing a scenic byway’s most valuable qualities. The CMP can address issues such as tourism development, roadway safety, roadway signs, and preservation of historic structures. Using words, pictures, and maps, the CMP provides an assessment of current conditions, a realistic set of goals for the future of the byway, and a commitment to taking steps towards those goals. The process of developing a CMP includes inventories of the intrinsic qualities that form the byway’s story; public outreach, involvement and participation; and developing recommendations and implementation steps.
Development of the CMP will assist the four towns and the Minute Man National Historical Park in reaching agreement about how best to preserve the area’s intrinsic resources while expanding economic opportunities, developing a balanced tourism industry, and accommodating future development. The work of creating the CMP will be carried out by MAPC staff in partnership with and oversight from a Working Group composed of representatives from each community, the MMNHP and MAPC. The CMP process and approval will occur with local participation and control, and the Selectmen in each town will have approval authority for acceptance of the final CMP.
March 31, 2011 Draft of Corridor Management Plan
The Battle Road Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan was presented to the public at an Open House on March 31, 2011. Draft documents were available for public comment until April 15, 2011.
This Open House was the final public meeting to present the four-town Battle Road Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan. It was held from 5:00-8:00pm in the Minute Man Visitor Center, located on Route 2A in Minute Man National Historical Park, Lincoln, MA. The meeting featured:
- Stations where participants reviewed, discussed, and commented on proposed corridor management strategies for transportation, tourism, and land use with Battle Road Scenic Byway Working Group Members.
- An opportunity to view The Road to Revolution, an award-winning multimedia presentation by the Minute Man National Historical Park – will be shown every 30 minutes during the Open House!
- A virtual tour of the Battle Road Scenic Byway
- Open House Welcome Handout
Project Vision, Goals, and Potential Action Steps
Topic-specific forums on tourism, land use, and transportation were held in October 2010, and a Public Forum presenting the Corridor Management Plan Vision, Goals, and Potential Action Steps was held on November 9, 2010.
At the November 9, 2010 Public Forum, members of the four Byway communities were invited to join the Battle Road Scenic Byway Working Group in the lobby of Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington for a Meet and Greet. Participants were given an opportunity to preview project maps as well as draft action steps and proposed strategies for the Byway, organized by topic: Transportation, Land Use, Tourism, and Intrinsic Qualities.
Photos from the Meet and Greet, November 9, 2010
As the Meet and Greet was winding down, participants were asked to enter Cary Memorial Hall Auditorium to watch a virtual tour of the Byway. Lexington Board of Selectmen Chair Hank Manz gave the opening remarks and the evening’s main presentation followed.
Presentations and keypad polling at the Public Forum, November 9, 2010
Materials from Fall 2010 Forums NEW!
Outreach materials for November 9, 2010 Public Forum:
Presentation and Visual Display Materials:
See below for Google Earth Virtual Tour – was shown as a pre-recorded video
Byway Resources, Stories, and Boundaries
Community Forums held in December 2009 and January 2010 are an opportunity to provide input on the following draft documents.
- DRAFT Byway Resource Inventory Spreadsheet Updated 12/15/09
- DRAFT Battle Road Scenic Byway Story/Themes Updated 12/15/09
- DRAFT Overview Map of The Battle Road Scenic Byway
- DRAFT Map of the Byway Resources in Arlington Updated 12/15/09
- DRAFT Map of the Byway Resources in Lexington Updated 12/15/09
- DRAFT Map of the Byway Resources in Lincoln Updated 12/15/09
- DRAFT Map of the Byway Resources in Concord Updated 12/15/09
- Presentation given in each town: Byway Resources, Stories, and Boundaries: A Community Forum
- Meeting Notes and Flyer
- Google Earth Virtual Tour
- Press Release
- See below for link to Concord Journal news article
December 16, 2009 Lincoln Community Forum Highlights:
- Meeting Notes and Flyer
- Google Earth Virtual Tour
- Press Release
- See below for link to Lincoln Journal news article
January 14, 2010 Lexington Community Forum Highlights:
January 28, 2010 Arlington Community Forum Highlights:
- Project Work Plan
- Project Schedule
- The Scenic Byways Program and Corridor Management Plans
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts Act designating The Battle Road Scenic Byway as a State Scenic Byway
- History of The Battle Road Scenic Byway
- List of Working Group Members and Board of Selectmen Liaisons
- Map of the Battle Road Scenic Byway
- Sampling of Resources in Arlington, MA
- Sampling of Resources in Lexington, MA
- Sampling of Resources in Lincoln, MA
- Sampling of Resources in Concord, MA
- See Byway Resources, Stories, and Boundaries above for links to detailed resource maps for each town
- See Roadway Subcommittee information below for links to roadway-specific maps
- See Google Earth Virtual Tours below to explore the byway with interactive maps
Google Earth Virtual Tours
- Download Google Earth – Free
- Once Google Earth is downloaded, click on the links below:
- Virtual Tour Presented at the Summer 2009 Kickoff Meeting
- Virtual Tour and Highlighted Sites in Concord, presented at Concord Community Forum on December 14, 2009
- Virtual Tour and Highlighted Sites in Lincoln, presented at Lincoln Community Forum on December 16, 2009
- Virtual Tour and Highlight Sites in Lexington, presented at Lexington Community Forum on January 14, 2010
- Virtual Tour and Highlight Sites in Arlington, presented at Arlington Community Forum on January 28, 2010
- Virtual Tour and Highlighted Sites shown at November 9, 2010 Public Forum – shown as a pre-recorded video at the meeting
Please Note: The Virtual Tours listed above are based on how they were presented during our public community forums. As such, the information in the individual .kmz files overlaps with the other files. In time, we may simplify the tours by eliminating redundant information, but until then the best thing to do is turn on and off individual layers to view what you would like to see. Please contact Manisha Bewtra if you have questions about using the Google Earth Virtual Tours.
- March 17, 2011 Working Group Agenda and Presentation
- February 9, 2010 Working Group Meeting Agenda, Minutes, and Spring 2010 short-term Project Schedule
- Community Forums held in lieu of Working Group in December 2009 and January 2010
- November 10, 2009: The Working Group took a van tour of the Byway
- October 13, 2009 Working Group Meeting Agenda and Notes
- September 15, 2009 Working Group Meeting Agenda and Notes
- August 11, 2009 Working Group Meeting Agenda and Notes
- July 14, 2009 Working Group Meeting Agenda and Notes
- Public Meeting held in lieu of Working Group in June 2009
- May 12, 2009 Working Group Meeting Agenda and Notes
- April 14, 2009 Working Group Kickoff Meeting Agenda and Minutes
- June 16, 2009 Public Kickoff Meeting Materials: Includes Agenda, Flyer, Summary, Notes, and Feedback Form
- Winter 2009-2010 Community Forums: See above for details on forums in each town.
Land Use Subcommittee
- Land Use Subcommittee Work Plan
- August 11, 2009 Land Use Subcommittee Meeting Notes
- December 8, 2009 Land Use Subcommittee Meeting Agenda
Meeting Notes and Work Plan
- Roadway Subcommittee Work Plan
- August 11, 2009 Roadway Subcommittee Meeting Notes
- October 27, 2009 Roadway Subcommittee Meeting Notes
- November 17, 2009 Roadway Subcommittee Meeting Notes
- January 5, 2010 Roadway Subcommittee Meeting Notes
- February 23, 2010 Roadway Subcommittee Meeting Notes
- May 13, 2010 Roadway Subcommittee Meeting Notes
Maps Showing Roadway Issues
- Tourism Subcommittee Work Plan
- August 11, 2009 Tourism Subcommittee Meeting Notes
- October 20, 2009 Tourism Subcommittee Meeting Notes
- November 17, 2009 Tourism Subcommittee Meeting Notes
- February 3, 2010 Tourism Subcommittee Notes and Presentation on Signage (same presentation given at Roadway Subcommittee in January)
- MAPC Press Release, June 5, 2009
- “Battle Road Group Begins Work on Management Plan for Area,” by Jason Crotty, Lexington Minuteman Staff Writer, June 17, 2009
- “Preserving Road Back Into History,” by Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, Boston Globe Correspondent, June 28, 2009
- MAPC Press Release for December 14, 2009 Concord Community Forum
- MAPC Press Release for December 16, 2009 Lincoln Community Forum
- “Forum Addresses Proposed Battle Road Scenic Byway,” by Patrick Ball, Concord Journal Staff Writer, December 18, 2009
- “Battle Road Scenic Byway Could Be Extended,” by Justine Selsing, Lincoln Journal Correspondent, December 23, 2009
- MAPC Press Release for January 14, 2010 Lexington Community Forum
- MAPC Press Release for January 28, 2010 Arlington Community Forum
- “Does MetroWest Have a Past?” by Peter Golden, Local Columnist for The MetroWest Daily News, April 18, 2010
- “Transportation the Hot Topic at Battle Road Scenic Byway meeting,” by Patrick Ball, Concord Journal Staff Writer, May 14, 2010. Republished in the Lexington Minuteman and Lincoln Journal on May 18, 2010.
- MAPC Press Release for October 14, 2010 Tourism Forum and announcing other upcoming forums
- “Scenic Byway Working Group Forum Held at Town Hall at Town Hall Oct. 14,” posted in the Arlington Advocate on October 13, 2010.
- MAPC Press Release for November 9, 2010 Public Forum
- “Battle Road Group Hosts Forum on Scenic Roads,” posted in Concord Patch on October 29, 2010.
- “Battle Road Group Host Public Forum on Future of Scenic Byway,”event listing on Arlington Patch, November 5, 2010. Link to this Arlington Patch listing posted on CBS Boston.
- “Battle Road Forum,” by Brock Parker, The Boston Globe, November 7, 2010.
- “Battle Green and the Battle Road,” by Denise J. Dubé, Lexington Patch, November 8, 2010.
- “Future of Scenic Byway Discussed Nov. 9,” by Howard Winkler, YourArlington.com, November 9, 2010.
- “UPDATED: Ice Cream, Battle Road Forum; LEF Nets Donation,” by Denise J. Dubé, Lexington Patch, November 10, 2010.
- “Battle Road Scenic Byway Public Forum Held,” by Denise J. Dubé, Lexington Patch, November 10, 2010.
Links to Scenic Byway Resources
- National Scenic Byways Program
- Other Massachusetts Scenic Byways
- Examples of Byway Projects Funded in Massachusetts
- Jacobs Ladder Trail Scenic Byway Website
- List of the Six Intrinsic Qualities as defined by the National Scenic Byways Program
For more information on the Battle Road Scenic Byway, please contact Regional Planner Manisha Gadia Bewtra, AICP at 617-451-2770, ext. 2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.