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Unlocking a secret network

Sections of old MWRA aqueducts are being transformed into 40 miles of public trails

Joel Barrera stood atop the 137-year-old Waban Arches, hidden in the woods off Washington Street in Wellesley, and proclaimed it “one of the most beautiful bridges in New England.”

The nine-arch span, built during the administration of Ulysses S. Grant to carry water in the Sudbury aqueduct over Waban Brook, is on state-owned land that has been officially out of bounds to the public. But it won’t be off-limits much longer.

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