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Farmington Canal Heritage Trail & Farmington River Trail

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Farmington Valley Trails Council Newsletter May 2009

President’s Letter

This issue I’d like to talk about the funding for construction of multi-use trails. The Intermodal
Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), reauthorized in 1998 as part of the
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), and reauthorized again in 2005
through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users
(SAFETEA-LU), has provided 80% of the construction costs for most of our trail system. This program is plagued by very long time lines to get the funding, ConnDOT controlling the process, and extremely difficult hoops for town engineers to jump through. As many of you know, in Connecticut we had a bill passed last year that allows $6 million a year (until June of
this year) in special bonding for trail building that has never made it to the Bonding Commission for a vote, and I doubt that it will. Our area towns now are forced to look elsewhere for funds. Currently, there has been some luck with the ¨Dshovel ready¡¬ program.

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