Putnam Bridge Trail Connections

Project Update: 5/9/2019

A Public Information Hearing on this project was held at Town Hall on Wednesday, May 8th where the following information was made available:

Comment Form:

The last page of the handout is a comment form which residents can use to share project-related feedback with the designers.  If you would like to submit feedback on this project, please reference-Subject: Project No. 53-190 and send it to Matthew Vail via mail or email by no later than Wednesday, May 22nd.

Mr. Matthew Vail, P.E. , Principal of Highway Design 
Connecticut Department of Transportation 
P.O. Box 317546 
Newington, Connecticut 06131-7546 
or via email at Matthew. Vail@ct.gov 

Comments must be received by May 22, 2019.

Past Updates:

CT DOT Public Information Hearing Scheduled for May 8th

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) will conduct a Public Informational Meeting concerning the proposed Putnam Bridge Trail Connections on May 8, 2019 in the Council Chambers of Glastonbury Town Hall, 2155 Main Street Glastonbury, CT 06033.  An open forum for individual discussions with Department officials will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a design presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Plan Documents

The Public Informational Meeting is being held to afford a full opportunity for public participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning this proposed project.  The Glastonbury Engineering Department has made the following Project Plan documents available in preparation for this hearing. Please click the project link to view the plans. (*Note - Due to the size of these documents, they may take a few moments to load.)

Project Overview

The project is identified as State Project No. 0053-0190.  The purpose of the project is to provide non-motorized access across the Connecticut River. This project proposes a new shared use path along Route 3 providing essential connections from the walkway on Putnam Bridge to Great Meadow Road in Wethersfield and to Naubuc Avenue in Glastonbury. It is also proposed to install sidewalks on both sides of Naubuc Avenue.  There are right-of-way impacts associated with the proposed improvements for the installation of sidewalk along Naubuc Avenue in the Town of Glastonbury.

Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2021 based on the availability of funding.  The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $10.5 million.  This project is anticipated to be undertaken with State funds.

Meeting Details

The meeting facility is ADA accessible.  Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department’s Language Assistance Call Line at (860) 594-2109.  Requests should be made at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting.  Persons having a hearing and/or speech disability may dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) and instruct the operator to contact (860) 594-2243.  Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public and efforts will be made to respond to timely requests for assistance.

Request an Accommodation

Plans of the proposed project will be on display for public review.  Department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project.  More detailed information is available at the Department’s Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.  Anyone wishing to discuss the project may contact Matthew Vail, Bureau of Engineering and Construction, at (860) 594-3274 or by e-mail at Matthew.Vail@ct.gov


Feasibility Study

The Putnam Bridge Multi-Modal Trail Feasibility Study was completed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) working in cooperation with an Advisory Committee comprised of local and regional stakeholders. Each phase of the study and the development of alternatives and recommendations was informed by stakeholder and public input through Advisory Committee meetings, agency coordination meetings, and a public information meeting conducted in June 2013. Study information was regularly updated and disseminated to the general public through CTDOT’s website.

The full study (20 MB PDF) can be viewed using the link below:

Putnam Bridge Trail Study

Overview of Study:

In early 2013 construction began on the Route 3 Putnam Bridge rehabilitation project. Once complete, the project will provide a new walkway on the northbound side of the bridge to accommodate future bicycle and pedestrian travel in the Route 3 corridor. Because the scope of the rehabilitation project does not provide access to the new walkway from either end of the bridge, additional planning, design, and funding is required to provide this access in the future.

The purpose of the Putnam Bridge Multimodal Trail Connections Feasibility Study is to advance the planning work for this future bicycle and pedestrian access to the bridge and to evaluate how new multimodal/shared use path connections can be accommodated from the walkway to the network of existing and planned multimodal transportation and recreational facilities in Wethersfield and Glastonbury.

The findings and recommendations of this study are intended to provide a basis for subsequent design and implementation of the shared use path connections to the walkway.