Grant Kicks Off Planning For Long-Awaited Rail Trail

During a public presentation November 7, residents and officials got the first conceptual look at rail trail plans that would eventually extend a much larger trail network from neighboring Monroe, through town to the Fairfield Hills Campus.

Once and if successfully completed, the trail would connect to the Pequonnock Trail, 8.6 miles of existing trail for a 40% total extension. Additionally, it would also connect further south to a trail that extends all the way into Bridgeport and the shoreline.

Street Plans presented preliminary plans for the 3.6 mile Housatonic Trail Extension, at a presentation hosted by the Parks & Recreation Department and the Land Use Department.

Street Plans Principal Mike Lydon said working on the conceptual plan was an “exciting opportunity.” The plan is not a “detailed master plan,” but rather a “first look at what the trail may look like.” The hope is that the conceptual plan will aid the town in seeking further grant funding.

This is how we go from ‘no trail’ to ‘trail.’ This is a small but critical step in the process.

Mike Lydon

See full Newtown Bee article here.

A view of the section of the proposed railway where the Housatonic Trail Extension – a biking trail – is proposed to run.