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Merritt Parkway Trail Info Meetings

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is hosting informational meetings to present conceptual designs as part of the Merritt Parkway Multi-Use Trail Feasibility Study. The trail is planned to be located within the right-of-way the entire length of the Parkway, destroying our greenway.

The Merritt Parkway Conservancy invites you to join us to address concerns about the removal of hundreds of trees and shrubs; expensive wetland crossings; traffic interference at road crossings; fencing to separate the trail from the Parkway along the 37.5 miles; security lighting; treatment of trail surfaces; and identifying funding sources to build and maintain the trail in the future. There may be security and privacy problems for homes abutting the Parkway. These are just a few of our objections to the plan. Read more here.

The CT DOT contact for the study is:

Timothy Wilson
CT Department of Transportation
PO Box 317546
Newington, CT 06131
(860) 594-3189
Timothy.Wilson@ct.gov

Stratford's meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4, at Stratford Town Hall's Council Chambers, 2725 Main Street, at 7 pm.

A meeting in Greenwich will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Meeting Room at Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road, at 7 pm.

Neighbors: Do you live next to or near the Merritt Parkway? We invite you to stay informed about the progress of the study and what the trail might mean to you.

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Stamford/New Canaan Project Update

This project is part of CTDOT's overall corridor improvement plan, involving resurfacing and providing safety improvements and enhancements from the Greenwich/Stamford town line to the South Avenue Bridge in New Canaan. The improvements include:

  • Replacing the existing guiderail with the steel backed timber railing
  • Widening the right shoulders to 8 feet (4 feet paved and 4 feet reinforced grass shoulder)
  • Installing a concrete curb and gutter system along the median for drainage
  • Installing a new drainage system
  • Resurfacing the roadway
  • Landscape restoration, including removal of invasives, tree removal for safety, and planting of native shrubs and trees
  • Bridge cleaning, repair and restoration

The project is similar to the recently completed project in the towns of Fairfield and Trumbull, and is anticipated to be completed in 2015. For additional information, please email info@merrittparkway.org or contact Timothy M. Wilson, P.E., CTDOT Manager of Highway Design Engineering and Construction at Timothy.Wilson@ct.gov

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Photographs for the Merritt Parkway Conservancy courtesy of Eric Seplowitz, Tod Bryant, Westport Now.com, the Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER).

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