Council to apply for grants to create Day Hill Road trail
By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Sep. 9, 2011
The Windsor Town Council unanimously agreed at its Sept. 6 meeting to apply for urban grants to help pay for a multi-use trail and sidewalk along Day Hill Road between Northfield Street and Marshall Phelps Road.
Town Manager Peter Souza said the grant funding would be a great help to people who work on Day Hill Road.
“Right now, there are two lanes in each direction, and there are no sidewalks,” said Souza. “Many people have to walk from bus stops or like to walk from their office on Day Hill Road to the Day Hill shops. This trail would help them do that safely.”
Currently, the road has a narrow shoulder and is dangerous for walkers and runners who utilize the road, Souza said. In addition, Souza said there are only two bus stops at opposite ends of Day Hill Road. He hopes the addition of a trail would encourage the use of public transportation.
“There are many considerations that have gone into what this project will do for the Day Hill Road corridor,” said Souza. The project would consist of a sidewalk being placed a safe distance from the road and would be handicapped-accessible. The first stretch would run from Northfield to Marshall Phelps, but Souza hopes the entire 4.5-mile stretch of Day Hill Road will have sidewalks.
The trail will also connect to other sidewalks that currently exist on side streets and would allow access to neighborhoods and offices on those side streets.