The I-84 eastbound off ramp to Asylum Street in Hartford (Exit 48A) will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, July 18, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014. The ramp closure is for the construction of the new CTfastrak ramp to Asylum Street in Hartford.
DETOUR INFO FROM CTDOT:
I-84 Eastbound off ramp to Asylum Street (Exit 48A) closed from 10 p.m. Friday, July 18, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014. Traffic detoured onto Capitol Avenue (Exit 48B) to Broad Street, and to Farmington Avenue.
If you're in the greater Hartford area, you'll find lots of familiar topics--and a surprising number of positive references to active transportation-- in this good story from Governing.com. Good takeaways abound here for the citizen advocate and municipal staff!
That’s what a growing number of cities are asking themselves -- Syracuse being the latest that may tear down its elevated urban expressway.
BY DANIEL C. VOCK | JULY 2014| Governing
Robert Doucette, a developer in Syracuse, N.Y., often commutes to work by walking or biking from his house near Syracuse University to his office downtown. The route is little more than a mile long, but it requires crossing one major obstacle: a hulking highway viaduct that cuts a large swath through the center of the city.
This elevated stretch of Interstate 81 carries 56,000 vehicles a day. Though it is propped up on piers, it has a major impact on the landscape below. As many as six lanes of traffic run beneath the expressway, including feeder ramps and access roads. Pedestrians teeter nervously on raised curbs as they wait for a signal, then “make a break for it,” Doucette says, as they try to avoid unseen vehicles making turns.
San Francisco's Embarcadero Freeway was razed in 1991 and replaced with a palm-lined boulevard and plazas. (David Kidd/Governing)
As a developer, Doucette sees the 1.4-mile-long viaduct as a wasted opportunity. Interstate 81 is the line of demarcation between the city’s two most vibrant neighborhoods: downtown and University Hill. But it is not a clean separation. For blocks in either direction of the interstate, parking garages and surface lots dominate the landscape. The aging highway cuts off many streets on the city’s grid. “There is this gulf,” he says. “What we’ve done is take an incredibly important piece of this city off of the development map. This highway runs through the part of the city that should be some of the highest-producing parcels of land in the region.” > READ THE FULL STORY ON GOVERNING.COM
Join the cycling community for Dinner and Bikes on Saturday, June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford. The evening will include a vegan dinner, bicycle short films and Bikenomics.
Bikenomics by Elly Blue provides a surprising and compelling new perspective on the way we get around and how we spend our money as families and as a society.
Tickets are $20 for Bike Walk CT members and $25 for non-members.
More information and tickets here.
Final Draft Report of CTDOT's Putnam Bridge Study Available For Public Comment Through Tomorrow—May 20th
The Draft Final Report for CTDOT's Putnam Bridge Multimodal Trail Connections Feasibility Study is available for public review and comment through tomorrow, May 20, 2014.
The report can be viewed here.
Comments can be submitted to Jeff Parker at email@example.com.
The first public meeting for the I-84 Hartford Project will take place on Tuesday, June 17 from 4-8 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library's Center for Contemporary Culture, 500 Main Street.
The public meeting will be held as an open house to view study area maps and displays with a short presentation about the project by the project team at 5 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.
Monday evening the CTDOT officials provided two detailed plans to restore the pedestrian/bike walkway over Flower Street in Hartford.
According to the Hartford Courant, one plan contains a skywalk that would start at the corner of Flower Street and Capitol Ave. It would be a 900-foot sloped walkway that would have illuminated handrails. The cost would be $11.3 million and $12.4 million.
The second plan is being dubbed the elevator plan, which would start near the rear entrance of The Hartford Courant building. It would include a 12'x12' elevator for cyclists and people with disabilities and a large stairway for pedestrians. This would cost $7.6 million to $9.7 million.
Read the full article here.
Flower Street Public Information Meeting
Monday May 12, 2014
PLEASE JOIN DOT FOR A PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
Potential Options for a
Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge over
CTfastrak and Amtrak at
Flower St., Hartford, CT
Monday, May 12, 2014
Open house from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Presentation at 6:15 p.m.
The Lyceum Resource and Conference Center
227 Lawrence Street
Residents, business owners, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend, compare project options, and to share their preferences.
The meeting facility is ADA accessible. If language assistance is needed, please contact the Department of Transportation's Office of Communications at (860) 594-3062 no later than Friday, May 9th. Efforts will be made to respond to requests for assistance.
The CT Department of Motor Vehicles will hold a public information meeting on Monday, May 12 to discuss options for a bicycle/pedestrian crossing at Flower Street in Hartford as part of the CTfastrak bus rapid transit project.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Lyceum Resource and Conference Center, 227 Lawrence Street in Hartford.
Residents, business owners and other interested parties are encouraged to attend, compare project options, and to share their preferences.
The State of Connecticut granted $1.5 million in funding to support the Riverwalk South and Gateway project in Hartford. This is the last piece of a three-mile loop of fully accessible riverwalks between the Founders and Charter Oak Bridges.
According to a news release from Governor Malloy's Office, the funds will allow for improvements to be made to Riverfront’s existing gravel walkway. Ultimately, the project will include a new entrance to the Riverfront linking the historic Coltsville and Sheldon Charter Oak neighborhoods to the Riverfront parks.
“This project will help revitalize Hartford and East Hartford along the Connecticut River, creating a vision that will spur activity along the riverfront while highlighting some of the region’s most charming assets,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “The funding will help the project accomplish important design goals as well as create up to five short-term jobs.”
“This exciting project also benefits hundreds of children who attend one of five schools in the Sheldon Charter Oak neighborhoods,” said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. “These students will now have direct access to the Riverfront. In addition, this project will create jobs and reconnect Hartford with the Connecticut River.”
Hartford's Parks and Open Space System Plan will hold its final parks public meeting on Monday, December 9. This is the last chance to provide input on the project.
The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Samuel Valentin Arroyo Recreation Center (formerly called Pope Park Rec. Center) at 30 Pope Park Drive in Hartford. Free parking is available in Pope Park's parking lot.
Click here for more information.
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