Public Information Meeting: Bloomfield/Simsbury Multi-Use Trail

Public Information Meeting: Bloomfield/Simsbury Multi-Use Trail

June 12, 2018 at 6:00pm

The Towns of Simsbury and Bloomfield have developed a joint project for the construction of a new multi-use trail beginning in Bloomfield, running and continuing north along State Route 189, and ending in Tariffville Village. A preliminary design has been completed and the project is slated for construction in the spring of 2019. This project is funded in part by a State of Connecticut Local Capital Improvement Program Grant (LOTCIP) administered by the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT). Partial funding is also being provided from the Towns of Simsbury and Bloomfield.

It is the Towns’ and the State’s policy to keep persons informed and involved when such projects are undertaken. It is important that the community provide input and share its concerns to assist in the project’s development.

The Towns of Simsbury and Bloomfield will conduct a public information meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Tariffville School at 42 Winthrop Street, Tariffville, CT. A formal presentation will be made at 6:30 pm.

The proposed multi-use trail is planned to be a 10-foot wide bituminous concrete paved path, approximately 0.84mile in length.  The trail will begin at a new multi-use trail facility in Bloomfield which is scheduled to be constructed starting in July 2018. The majority of the proposed trail will be located within the State Route 189 right-of-way and separated from the road by a roadside barrier system. The trail is planned to terminate at the intersection of Main Street and State Route 189 in Tariffville. This project is part of a larger effort to complete a multi-use path connection from the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail to the City of Hartford and points east as part of the East Coast Greenway. The East Coast Greenway is a continuous multi-use trail that will extend from Maine to Florida along the eastern seaboard.  

Based upon a preliminary assessment, the total project costs will be approximately $1.75 million. The DOT will provide $1,020,000 of the construction costs with the Town of Simsbury and Bloomfield providing $728,400 on a pro-rata basis. Funding by the Town of Simsbury was approved by referendum in 2017.

For further information or to provide input, please contact the Simsbury Engineering Department at 860-658-3260.

Public Information Meeting Date:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Location:  Tariffville School, #42 Winthrop Street, Tariffville, CT.