Informational meeting for Hockanum River Linear Park Trail

East Hartford - posted Oct, 21 2013

EAST HARTFORD - The town of East Hartford is currently working to complete the third phase of the Hockanum River Linear Park Trail. The overall trail extends from the south end of Great River Park, adjacent to the Charter Oak Bridge, to the Walnut Street bridge near Burnside Avenue. The portion of the trail currently under consideration will connect the existing trail terminus near Hillside Street (approximately 1,000 feet east of the trail parking area) with Olde Roberts Street near Roberts Street. The project is currently being designed using remaining funds from a 1988 grant from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. If the project is supported by the community, the town will be able to access funding for the construction of Phase III from Federal Section 125 funds. Phase III of the trail includes the construction of a stone dust walking surface and four bridges over watercourses along the 3,700± foot long trail. A seating/viewing area at the Hockanum River near Cottage Street is proposed. From the seating area to Olde Roberts Street, the trail follows the existing path on the berm next to the Willow Brook bypass channel. At Olde Roberts Street, the trail will terminate with a paved ramp for emergency access and a paved section of walkway that will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The town will hold an informational meeting on the project which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7; doors open at 6:30. The meeting will be held in the Welling Conference Room, second floor of Town Hall, 740 Main St., East Hartford. Deaf and hearing impaired persons wishing to attend this meeting and requiring an interpreter may make arrangements by contacting M. Denise Horan, P.E., town engineer, at the East Hartford Engineering Division at 860-291-7380 at least five days prior to the meeting. Based on a current estimate, the total project cost will be approximately $720,800. It is anticipated that the Federal Section 125 funds will provide $475,000 of the total project cost, with the balance paid by the DEEP grant. Anyone interested in obtaining further information, or providing input, may do so by contacting the East Hartford Engineering division at 860-291-7380.

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