The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced the next series of open house meetings to inform and update the public about Connecticut's first bus rapid transit system which is scheduled to begin operations in early 2015.
The open house meetings will be held at the following venues and times:
- Central Connecticut State University Institute of Technology & Business Development, 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (presentation scheduled to begin at 6:00);
-Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (presentation at 12:00);
- Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:00)
For more information about CTfastrak and updated information about the open house events, visit www.ctfastrak.com.
Hamlethub reports that the City of Norwalk has proposed a project that will add ADA compliant sidewalks and curb ramps on Highland Ave. from Witch Ln. to Knollwood Rd. Additionally, pedestrian crossing beacons will be installed on Highland Ave. at Roton Middle School and at Knollwood Rd.
The city will hold an informational meeting on the project on March 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Roton Middle School, 201 Highland Ave., Norwalk.
Click here to read the full article in the HamletHub.
During a meeting last week, the public was briefed on a feasibility study to link the Fairfield Metro and Black Rock with a new pedestrian bridge.
The study was spearheaded by the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council. Officials hope this study will lead to the bridge construction, as well as street and sidewalk improvements in 2016.
Read the full article in the CT Post here.
The town of Old Lyme will hold a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the South View Beach improvement project, which calls for a bike path from Hartford Ave. to Route 156 and up to the Raymond E. Baldwin Bridge.
BSC Group, an engineering firm from Glastonbury will present the improvement plan, design specifications and cost of the first phase of the project.
The meeting will be held Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Old Lyme Town Hall.
The CT Post reports the public had a mixed reaction to the conceptual layout of the Fairfield section of the proposed trail along the Merritt Parkway during a public meeting last week. This was the first of eight informational meetings the DOT will hold in the towns where the trail will run through.
Approximately 50 people attended the meeting in Fairfield last week. Some attendees said the trail would increase their property values and quality of life. However, three members of the Merritt Parkway Conservancy opposed the building of the trail because of its aesthetics and the fact that trees would need to be removed to build the trail.
The portion of the trail that would run through Fairfield would run along the Parkway's southern right-of-way. The trail would be 10' wide with 2' of shoulder on each side. There would also be fences on each side of the trail.
Read the full article in the CT Post here.
Roger Geller, a nationally renowned advocate for developing bicycle and pedestrian friendly cities and towns, will speak at the West Hartford Town Hall on Tuesday, February 18 at 10 a.m.
Geller has over 19 years of experience managing bicycle capital, planning and policy projects. He has an in-depth knowledge of design, policy, planning and maintenance relating to bicycle transportation. He has led training and classes on bikeway planning, policy and design.
The meeting is free and open to the public. West Hartford Town Hall is located at 50 South Main Street. The meeting will be held in Room 400.
The Merritt Parkway Trail Study town informational meetings will begin this month. The conceptual design for the multi-use trail will be show during these meetings.
Here is a listing of scheduled meetings to date:
Fairfield — Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7 p.m., Roger Ludlowe Middle School 689 Unquowa Rd. Fairfield, CT.
Westport — Monday, March 10, 2014, 7 p.m., Westport Town Hall Auditorium, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT.
Fairfield — Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7 p.m., Osborn Hill Elementary School, 760 Stillson Road, Fairfield, CT.
Save the Date—the Connecticut Department of Transportation will conduct a public information meeting concerning the proposed construction of the Charter Oak Greenway Shared Use Path in the Town of Bolton, Connecticut, on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the Bolton Town Hall.
The meeting will start with an informal question and answer session at 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal design presentation at 7:00 p.m.
According to a press release from the DOT, the purpose of the project is to extend the Charter Oak Greenway in Manchester and connect with the Hop River State Park Trail in Bolton. This will enhance continuity with the existing bicycle trail system throughout the State, while providing an alternative to motor vehicle transportation.
The DOT anticipates construction to begin in the spring of 2016.
Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2016, based on the availability of funding. The estimated cost for this project is approximately $9 million and it is anticipated to be undertaken with 80% Federal and 20% State funds.
The public information meeting is being held to afford an opportunity for public participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning this proposed project.
The meeting facility is ADA accessible. Deaf and hearing impaired persons wishing to attend this meeting and requiring an interpreter, must make arrangements by contacting the Department’s Office of Communications at (860) 594-3062 at least five working days prior to the meeting. Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public, and efforts will be made to respond to requests for assistance.
Plans of the proposed project will be on display for public review. Department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project. More detailed information is available at the Department’s Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays. Anyone wishing to discuss the project may contact Mr. Timothy M. Wilson at (860) 594-3189 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Plans will be available for review at the Bolton Town Hall.
According to the Hartford Courant, the Southington Town Council approved a contract on December 9 to design an extension of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. This would close 30% of the remaining gap in the town's portion of the trail.
The article states that Town Manager Garry Brumback said the the design may take up to a year to complete and the construction will take even longer.
The proposal that was approved on December 9th will cost approximately $159,500 for a consulting firm to design the new sections of the path. The state will finance 80% of the project, while Plainville and Southington will pay 20%. However, the Farmington Valley Trails Council may pick up 10% of the cost.
Read the full article in the Hartford Courant here.
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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