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 Towns of Manchester and Bolton, Connecticut, on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the Lincoln Center Directors Room, Manchester, Connecticut. An informal question and answer session will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal design presentation at 7:00 p.m.
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 project will begin at the eastern terminus of the Charter Oak Greenway on the south side of Camp Meeting Road (SR 534), at the Porter Street intersection, mile marker 1.90 in the Town of Manchester. The proposed alignment of the path will have three major road crossings. The first crossing will be at Camp Meeting Road, west of Birch Mountain Road, in the Town of Manchester. An overhead pedestrian bridge will be installed at this location. The second will be an at-grade crossing at the Interstate 384 eastbound (I-384), exit 5
off-ramp. The third crossing will be an overhead pedestrian bridge at Route 6/44, immediately west of the State of Connecticut DOT Maintenance Garage. The path will continue around the DOT Maintenance Garage property and end at the existing parking lot for the Hop River State Park Trail at Bolton Notch Pond, in the Town of Bolton.
Surface and subsurface drainage improvements will be included in the project. Pedestrian bridges or culverts will be installed to cross minor existing steams or water courses. Rights of way acquisition and environmental permits will be required.
Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2014, based on the availability of funding. The estimated cost for this project is approximately $11.4 million and it is anticipated to be undertaken with 80% Federal and 20% State funds.
The Public Information Meeting is being held to afford a full 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 Departmentís Office of Communications at (860) 594-3062 (voice only) 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. ConnDOT personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project. More detailed information is available at the Departmentís 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Plans will be available for review at the Manchester Engineering Office Ė Lincoln Center (2nd Floor).
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