Driven by a supportive
governor and a forward-thinking state department of transportation that is
conscious of the role of biking and walking in modern planning, Connecticut has
done some great things in recent years to connect, and expand, its network of
A key state in the plan to connect the burgeoning 3,000-mile-long
East Coast Greenway from
Maine to Florida, since 2011 Connecticut has built important sections that were
once obstinate gaps in the system -- along
the Charter Oak Trail through East Hartford and Manchester (right), and over
Route 316 along the Hop River State Park Rail-Trail in Andover (below).
Both events gave local trails planners great hope that
Connecticut would be able to shake its tag as "home of the trail gaps." And the
hits keep coming.
Writing in the Hartford Courant, Peter
Marteka reported this week that the Connecticut Department of Transportation
(CDOT) is supporting an $11.4 million plan to bring the Charter Oak Trail from
its present terminus in the Highland Park section of Manchester out to Bolton
Notch State Park and to the Hop River Trail in Bolton, perhaps with a fall 2014
Marteka quoted CDOT Principal Engineer Will Britnell as
saying "It's a very popular trail now. You see a lot of people out, especially
on weekends. And it's not only bicyclists, it is everyone of all ages. It is
going to create a lot of connections out into eastern Connecticut. And it's
going to get people there safely."
Says Marteka - "It will be held up as a shining example of
what can happen when state agencies, trail enthusiasts and towns along the
trail work together to fill the gaps."
Public information hearings on the project will be held at
6:30 p.m., Jan. 22 at the Lincoln Center Directors Room, 494 Main St., and Jan.
23 at 6:30 p.m. at Bolton Town Hall, 222 Bolton Center Rd. The Town of
Manchester website has a
detailed map of the project section.
Photo of ribbon
cutting on the Charter Oak Trail courtesy Hartford
Photo of bridge installation on Hop River Trail courtesy www.traillink.com
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