Fairfield Hosts State Meeting On Merritt Parkway Trail Study

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A Connecticut pedestrian trail is an example of the type envisioned for a 37-mile Merritt Parkway trail that would link one end of Fairfield County to the other. Photo Credit: Provided by the Merritt Parkway Trail Feasibility Study

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The state Department of Transportation will be holding an informational meeting on the Merritt Parkway Multi-Use Trail Feasibility Study at Fairfield's Roger Ludlow Middle School on Unquowa Road at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

All members of the public are invited to learn about the current status of the study, including a presentation of a conceptual design, and to help the DOT gather local input and concerns regarding a multi-use trail through the Merritt Parkway right-of-way in Fairfield.

The goal of this meeting is for the DOT to identify areas that may require further consideration and finalize information to be included in the environmental assessment.

The DOT began looking at a a multi-use trail along the 37.5-mile Merritt Parkway in 2012 and began speaking with communities along the parkway to assess the idea of the trail, get input regarding local areas of concern as well as suggestions for improvements. 

From the information gathered in the 2012 meetings, the department was able to develop a design for the trail which will be presented to the public at the meeting Tuesday night. 

According to the DOT, the conceptual design will outline treatment strategies for screening private properties, wetland crossings, side road crossings, and elements such as fencing and signage.

Similar meetings are being held in towns along the Merritt Parkway starting this month. For more information about the Multi-Use Trail Study, go to Merritt Trail Study website.

Any resident who is unable to attend the meeting may send written questions or comments to:

Mr. Timothy M. Wilson, P.E., Manager of Highway Design Connecticut Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546 or by email.

In the event of bad weather, the meeting in Fairfield will be rescheduled to Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the All Purpose Room at Osborn Hill Elementary School, 760 Stillson Road.

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Jim E:

Why would we do Something STUPID Like Encouraging this Alongside a High Speed Limited Access Highway ?????
Especially one where Emergency Services would be extremely limited in their ability to reach an injured person.
I Would rather see growing of crops such as corn(Could be sold as Fuel) and in addition would act as "Crash Barriers" reducing air pollution and vehicle injuries.

THINK !!!!

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