PLAINVILLE - The state Department of Transportation, now in the surveying and design phase of extending the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail through Plainville, has provided a timetable for three phases of construction.
The town has been working with the DOT and a steering committee for several years to determine how best to create the bike path through town.
This will finish connecting it to the rest of the 81.2-mile trail, which goes through Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Recently, Town Manager Robert E. Lee said, officials from the DOT provided the Town Council a PowerPoint presentation that can be viewed at plainvillect.com. The presentation gave the council an update on the current status of the project and future plans.
“The Department of Transportation started on the design phase in January,” said Lee. “They have now split the project into three phases. The first goes from Norton Park to Southington, the second from Northwest Drive to the Pequabuck River area and the third is in between those two areas, around downtown. Right now, they are in the middle of survey work for phase one, which is expected to be completed in the Fall. Determining wetlands status will be going hand in hand with the design work. After they complete survey work for phase one they will move on to the other phases.”
The DOT told Lee and the Town Council that Phase 1 of construction is projected to begin in 2022, Phase 2 is planned for 2023 and Phase 3 is estimated to start in 2024.
“There will be public information sessions and meetings with the council as this continues to move forward,” said Lee. “The Department of Transportation wants to make sure that the council is happy with their planned designs and get feedback from them.”
Lee also said that the council is looking forward to seeing the specific designs when they are drawn up.
He said Jim Cassidy, of the Plainville Greenway Alliance, contacted many other bicycle enthusiasts to encourage them to attend the meeting.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.