November 13, 2013
Ribbon Cut on Safer Access Road to State Forest in Beacon Falls
Connecticut's Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) officials today joined State Representative Theresa W. Conroy and other state and local representatives to cut a ribbon and officially open an access road to Naugatuck State Forest, adjacent to an active railroad line, in Beacon Falls.
“This access road has been made much safer for hikers and others, with the addition of guiderail and fencing, as well as appropriate warning signs about the proximity of the railroad,” said DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “This is another case in which we listened to local concerns and responded.”
The access road is Cold Spring Road, and this section of the Naugatuck State Forest is known locally as High Rock Park. DOT forces installed more than 3,000 feet of guiderail at the site and erected 10 signs cautioning users to stay clear of the railroad tracks. The cost was about $16,000. The road was closed earlier this year because of safety concerns. The Naugatuck State Forest is maintained by DEEP.
State Representative Conroy praised the DOT and DEEP for coordinating the project, adding, “Within days of our meeting with them, they were out there installing the guiderail and signs. It’s fantastic that they were so quick to act on our concerns. We have tried to balance safety with the recreational needs of the community and I think we’ve done just that.”
“DEEP is grateful to DOT for replacing the bridge across Spruce Brook, which allows fisherman, hikers and kayakers access to the forest and the Naugatuck River for important recreational opportunities,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen. “Reopening Cold Spring Road will also allow emergency responders quicker access to the forest from Beacon Falls, which could be very important in the event of an emergency.”