DOT To Study Trail Along Merritt Parkway

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut’s Department of Transportation is beginning to study whether a multi-use trail along the Merritt Parkway, stretching from Greenwich to Stratford, is feasible.

The proposed trail would be located within the undeveloped highway right-of-way and would use the wooded buffer that now exists between the road and abutting properties.

DOT officials said this week that an extensive public outreach campaign will be undertaken in each of the eight communities along the historic parkway. They plan to hold a series of public meetings for the study, which is being paid with a grant from the National Scenic Byways Program and state funds.

DOT says it also plans to document environmentally sensitive areas and come up with options for avoiding them, possibly diverting the trail onto local loads in certain locations.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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