Bringing the Air Line Trail to Portland
Tuesday, November 26, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Portland Library, Mary Flood Room
20 Freestone Avenue, Portland
Middletown Street, Sidewalk & Trail Improvements for Walking and Bicycling
Tuesday, December 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Russell Library, Hubbard Room
123 Broad Street, Middletown
On November 26, John Shafer, President of the Jonah Center for Earth and Art, and Deanna Rhodes, Planning and Zoning Administrator for the Town of Portland, will describe a proposed extension of the Air Line Trail from East Hampton to Portland. The discussion will include maps, ground level and aerial photographs, cost estimates, potential funding sources, and consideration of the planning and community organizing tasks that will be required to realize this vision.
The Air Line State Park Trail follows the right-of-way of the former Air Line Railroad, which was built to connect Boston and New York City in the latter half of the 19th century. In 1975, the Air Line rail corridor was deeded to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and in 1996 the DEP proposed rehabilitating the rail bed as a linear state park. The 17.6 mile stretch between East Hampton and Windham is presently the most improved and popular section of the trail, featuring scenic bridges, ponds, marshes, and gorges.
(Shown here is a section of the Air Line railroad bed in Portland.)
On December 3, Middletown’s Complete Streets Committee will present specific plans to make city streets and intersections safer and more inviting for bicyclists and pedestrians.
This program will include priority areas of Middletown identified by the Master Plan; proposed routes to connect residential neighborhoods to the downtown area, parks, and schools; a new sidewalk along Saybrook Road near the Stop & Shop; proposed improvements in the area of Veterans Park and West Street; Safe Routes to School programs; results of a recent bike-pedestrian traffic count; and state-wide advocacy for biking and walking.
Both of these programs are free, open to the public, and no advance registration is necessary. For more contact John Hall at 860-398-3771 or send a message from www.thejonahcenter.org .