Route 229 Corridor Study is moving from study phase to action phase

Published on Friday, 27 May 2022 11:12
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

BRISTOL – The Route 229 Corridor Study is moving from the study phase to the action phase, says Mayor Jeff Caggiano, who plans to tour the route with the Department of Transportation (DOT) in Mid-June.

Caggiano said that the project focuses on the corridor between Route 229, Interstate 84 and Route 6. In mid-June, he plans to meet with Garrett Eucalitto, the deputy commissioner of the DOT to tour the route.

“This is a vital corridor,” said Caggiano. “Although our main priority for development is downtown, this will allow us to connect downtown with major centers like ESPN and the Route 229 business park. This is key for our economic development and I’m glad to see the project moving forward.”

Caggiano said that the 229 business park is where a lot of local manufacturing companies are located.

“This will make it easier for people to play and live downtown and work in the 229 business park,” he said.

The project, he said, will also make it easier for people to travel back and forth between Bristol and Southington.

According to the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) website, the plan is to address safety and traffic flow concerns and provide improved pedestrian, bicycle and public transit accessibility in this area.

The corridor study has identified the intersections of Middle Street and Route 72 and Pine Street and Mountain Road as “of particular hazard” due to “high vehicle volumes, multiple lanes, and a large number of vehicles entering and exiting the roadway.”

“This section of roadway is a hotspot for crashes,” the NVCOG website states.

Route 229, South of Pine Street until the Southington Town line is also identified as being a “regionally significant commercial and industrial district” and a “significant employment center.”

“The region’s largest employer, ESPN, is located on Middle Street, just north of the Southington town line,” the study website states. “Additionally, the seasonal theme park, Lake Compounce, is accessed from Middle Street.”

The corridor’s only current transit route, CTfastrak, services the Lake Avenue park-and-ride as well.

The corridor study was led by BL Companies, a multi-discipline firm with experience in planning and traffic engineering. They were assisted by The Williams Group in analyzing real estate trends and land use.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 27 May 2022 11:12. Updated: Friday, 27 May 2022 11:14.