DOT Lays Out Trail Details

Some listeners were concerned about parking and security.

Construction on connecting the Pequonnock Trail from White Plains Road to Quarry Road will start in summer of 2016, according to the state Department of Transportation.

About 35 people attended the recent public hearing in Town Hall.

The $3.64-million project is a multi-use trail section about 4,500 feet long that will include a sidewalk along White Plains Road and reuse of the Rocky Hill Road bridge. A crosswalk will be placed at the entrance to Twin Brooks Park to allow safe passage to Rocky Hill Road.

The trail will also travel through lighted tunnels below the Merritt Parkway. Portions of the trail will be "bituminous" rather than paved, officials said.

The Rocky Hill Road bridge is sturdy but fencing will be added, according to the DOT.

"This does not mean rehabbing the bridge at all," said Project Engineer Matthew Vail.

The funding for the project is 80 percent federal and 20 percent state, officials said. The town would maintain the trail.

But it was parking and security mainly concerned residents. A Rocky Hill Road resident asked for no parking signs near the trail on Rocky Hill Road.

Trumbull residents can park in Twin Brooks Park but non-residents would have to pay to park in nearby Beardsley Park, just over the line in Bridgeport. Parking could also be on Quarry Road.

Another listener was concerned about security on the trail and when the trail would be closed.

All documents regarding the project are available for inspection or copying at the DOT at 2800 Berlin Turnpike in Newington on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"All comments and recommendations will receive careful consideration by the Connecticut Department of Transporation," according to the flyer distributed at the meeting.

Comments should be sent to Timothy M. Wilson, manager of Highway Design, Connecticut DOT, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT, 06131-7546, or send an email to Timothy.Wilson@CT.Gov.

All mailed comments must be postmarked by Jan. 23.
Robert Pattinson January 15, 2014 at 09:09 AM
But nobody does. If I recall, 13 people showed up to the meeting. The problem is that people keep voting for people who essentially pissed away our money and they continue to do it. Look at Trumbull Center. More empty stores than occupied. But the town continues to give tax breaks to the landlord. It's a farce
Vito Moscato January 15, 2014 at 09:46 AM
What would it cost if the government was not involved?
Tom Pieragostini January 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM
I'd bet there are more people from outside of Trumbull who are interested in using the Pequonnock River Valley State Park. This will certainly help them to do that. Perhaps they'll spend some of their money in Trumbull Center before heading home.
Robert Pattinson January 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Hahaha a Tom! There is nothing in Trumbull Center to spend their money on!


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