Farmington Valley Trails Council

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail & Farmington River Trail

Welcome to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Connecticut!


 

Our mission is to build, maintain, beautify and connect off-road multi-use trails throughout central Connecticut communities.  

 

 

Temporary Bridge Closure – Old Drake Hill Road Bridge

 

The Town of Simsbury will be conducting bridge inspection activities of the Old Drake Hill Road Bridge (aka Flower Bridge) beginning June 26th. Barring any major weather related delays, the inspection will be completed by July 6th. Anticipated hours of inspection are 8am – 5pm.  

For the safety of residents as well as inspectors, the bridge will be closed during inspection activities. The closure includes river activities within 50’ of the bridge.

Inspection activities will not be completed during the holiday weekend from July 1st to July 4th.  The bridge will be opened during this period.

Inspection services will be led by GM2 Associates, Inc. from Glastonbury to determine the condition of the structure and coating system. We appreciate your patience during the closure.

Please contact the Engineering Department at 860-658-3260. if you have any questions or concerns during the project.

 

 

Hopmeadow Street Sanitary Sewer Installation Project

 

The Town of Simsbury will be installing a sanitary sewer in the area of 571 to 572 Hopmeadow Street.  The work will start inside the Dyno Nobel property, cross the Greenway (Farmington River Heritage Trail) and finish crossing Hopmeadow Street.

RR Hiltbrand from Bristol, CT will complete the work and is anticipated to commence the week of June 19th, 2017. The crossing of Hopmeadow Street will occur between the hours of 7 PM and 5 AM and is scheduled for June 25th and 26th.

In order complete the installation, construction vehicles will be required to cross the Greenway (Farmington River Heritage Trail) in this area. The Trail will be temporarily closed in this area during the construction.  Signs will be posted to alert trail users to seek alternate routes.

Please contact the Water Pollution Control office at 860-658-3258 if you have any questions of concerns during the project

 

 

Simsbury Greenway (Bike Path) Maintenance Scheduled 

Beginning Saturday, 6/3/2017 the Simsbury Highway Department will be working along the Simsbury Greenway (Bike Path) from Iron Horse Boulevard north to Wolcott Road. The Highway Department will be spreading topsoil and processed stone along the edges of the new pavement. This work is expected to be conducted every Saturday throughout the month of June.

During this time, the trail will remain open to the public.  While traveling on the trail, we ask that you keep a safe distance from crews working and their equipment.  Questions regarding this work should be directed to the Public Works Department at (860) 658-3222.   

 

Yet another crash at the Rt 20 crossing.

Once more there was a collision between a cyclist and a car, this time at the Trail crossing on Rt 20.  Luckily the cyclist is fine - bruised but happy and fortunate that he was wearing a helmet. Even one collision is one too many but it seems like 2016-17 has seen an uptick. FVTC has been lobbying for increased safety measures. The Town leaders of East Granby have also been striving to get DOT to make the crossing safer. 

We finally have hope that there is going to be light. First Selectman Jim Hayden reports:

. . . it looks like the funding has been approved for a HAWK (activated solid red light). We expect final approval of the project within the next two months and then we'll go into design with hopefully a solution in place sometime next year.

My thanks to Connecticut DOT and Rep Tami Zawistowski who has been working on this with me for over two years.

 

The trail is a linear park or greenway that begins in New Haven and wends its way 54 miles north to the Massachusetts border and beyond. It is championed by two groups: the Farmington Valley Trails Council, based in the Farmington Valley, and the Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association, based in Hamden. This website represents both groups. Generally, the FVTC advocates for the northern half, and FCRTTA for the southern section in the state. The gaps in the trail have shrunk to the point that the trail is truly a single entity and so it seems fitting to merge our websites as our groups increasingly work together.    

 

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The Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association and the Farmington Valley Trails Council. Inc. are CT 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations advocating for multi-use "rails-to-trails" in central Connecticut.  We work tirelessly to "close the gaps" in the 85-mile Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, the 26-mile Farmington River Trail, and the designated CT East Coast Greenway system.  We help area towns fund trail construction, enhancements and ongoing maintenance.  We also provide educational materials, 20,000 folding maps a year, and events that promote safety and proper etiquette on the trail system.    We are only as strong as our members and volunteers...please get in touch and join us out on the trails!

 


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