Connecticut leaders focus on closing Greenway gaps in metro Hartford

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East Hartford Mayor Mike Walsh addressing attendees at the "Multimodal Happy Hour"

On Wednesday, March 23, more than 50 people attended a great meeting focused on closing gaps in the East Coast Greenway in metro Hartford. Held in East Hartford at Carmine's Bar Grill & Stage, the event was sponsored by BiCiCo and the East Coast Greenway Alliance.

Many thanks to East Hartford Mayor Mike Walsh, who started the meeting talking about the Silver Lane corridor, recently studied by the Capitol Region Council of Governments, and a multi-use trail route looping around the Rentschler Field property, potentially connecting the Riverfront Recapture Trails and Goodwin University’s trail system. East Coast Greenway Connecticut State Committee Secretary Barbara Amodio described the gaps and opportunities for the East Coast Greenway in the metro Hartford region.

Caitlin Palmer from the Capitol Region Council of Governments outlined the new East Coast Greenway Greater Hartford Gap Study, which VHB and FHI will produce to once and for all outline where the Greenway will connect the capital city of Hartford to the rest of the trail systems in central Connecticut.

Casey Hardin from engineering firm AECOM talked about the Greater Hartford Mobility Study and opportunities to weigh in on walking, biking and transit projects that are being considered. Many thanks to AECOM and the iQuilt Partnership, who co-sponsored the free appetizers at the meeting! 

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