ConnDOT: LISTENING SESSIONS FOR THE STATE’S LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

 
  CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
 
NEWS RELEASE
 
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT, 06131-7546
FOR RELEASE: November 26, 2007
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
   OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
   TELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062
   Fax: (860) 594-3066
   Web site:
www.ct.gov/dot

LISTENING SESSIONS FOR THE STATE’S LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN
 
The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s final four listening sessions for updating the State’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRP) will be held this week and in early December.  Since the beginning of November, three public listening sessions were held in Willimantic, Torrington and New Haven, Connecticut to gain input on issues relating to the State’s transportation system. 
 
“The LRP listening sessions are an avenue for the public to help steer the direction of the State’s transportation policies.  Ideas are being solicited and received on all aspects of the State’s system from visions for bikeways, bus, rail, water transportation and aviation to highways”, Commissioner Carpenter stated.  “These sessions are not for project-specific discussions but are to examine the framework by which the Department pursues projects and prioritizes its resources.  The LRP is a policy document with a twenty-year outlook, the Department’s foundation for identifying transportation strategies and actions relating to system preservation, efficient operation, economic vitality, safety, security, accessibility, interconnectivity, and environmental quality to help build and maintain the system.”

The dates, times, and specific locations of the remaining four sessions follow:

Session IV: Southeastern Connecticut
Norwich, CT – Uncas on Thames Campus
Southeastern Mental Health Authority Community Conference Room
401 West Thames Street (Route 32), on-site parking
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM 
 
Session V: Greater Hartford Area
Newington, CTNewington Senior and Disabled Center Auditorium
120 Cedar Street (Route 175), on-site parking
Thursday, November 29, 2007 from 5:30PM – 8:30PM 
Session VI: Housatonic/Central Naugatuck Valley
Southbury, CT – Town Hall
Room 205
501 Main Street South, on-site parking
Monday, December 3, 2007 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM 
Session VII: Bridgeport/Stamford Area
Norwalk, CT – City Hall
Community Room
125 East Avenue, on-site parking
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 from 7:30PM – 9:30PM 

Additional information on the LRP and the sessions is available at http://www.ct.gov/dot, including a form for submitting comments by email and directions to each of the session locations. Ideas and suggestions provided by the public at these sessions will be reviewed as part of the process for updating the LRP.  At the start of each session, prior to opening the floor to public comment, a 20-minute presentation will be provided that offers background information on the LRP. 
 
Written comments received prior to December 31, 2007, will also be reviewed as part of the process for preparing a draft document. Comments may be submitted electronically to roxane.fromson@po.state.ct.us.   Comments may also be mailed to the attention of Ms. Roxane Fromson, Transportation Supervising Planner, Bureau of Policy and Planning at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, Connecticut 06131-7546.
 
All meeting facilities are handicapped accessible.  Deaf and hearing impaired persons, wishing to attend a listening session and requiring an interpreter, may make arrangements by contacting the Department’s Office of Communications at (860) 594-3061 (voice only) at least five working days prior to the date of the session.