State DOT to study proposed trail along Merritt Parkway

(AP) - Connecticut's Department ofTransportation is beginning to study whether a multi-use trailalong the Merritt Parkway, stretching from Greenwich to Stratford,is feasible.The proposed trail would be located within the undevelopedhighway right-of-way and would use the wooded buffer that nowexists between the road and abutting properties.DOT officials said this week that an extensive public outreachcampaign will be undertaken in each of the eight communities alongthe historic parkway. They plan to hold a series of public meetingsfor the study, which is being paid with a grant from the NationalScenic Byways Program and state funds.DOT says it also plans to document environmentally sensitiveareas and come up with options for avoiding them, possiblydiverting the trail onto local loads in certain locations.

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