PRESS RELEASE: The City of Bristol Receives a Connecticut Recreational Trails Program Grant to Fund Planning and Design of an Accessible Structured Trail for All Bristol Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Bristol CT) May 19, 2023


BRISTOL, CT – The City of Bristol is one of 28 municipalities in Connecticut to be awarded a
Connecticut Recreational Trails Program grant in the amount of $320,000. The funding will be used
for the planning and design of a recreational bike/pedestrian trail to provide a safe continuous
connection between Rockwell Park/Muzzy Field to the West End neighborhood to Downtown. The
proposed trail will traverse the West End neighborhood to public transit lines through the downtown
area improving equitable access to outdoor recreation for all Bristol residents. Eventually, it is hoped
that this accessible structured trail will eventually connect to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.

In order to create a public involvement process that was collaborative, accessible, and inclusive, the
City of Bristol partnered with the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) to engage the
public in a study to gather information about how best to accommodate all users. NVCOG conducted
interviews with stakeholders, created an online survey to gather public feedback, developed
an interactive map, conducted public information meetings, held a walk audit in the area where the
trail will be located, and provided frequent updates to the Bristol community to help guide the
planning process. This study aims to build off the recently completed Route 229 Corridor Study which
recommends adding a shared-use side path between Interstate 84 in the south to Route 6 in the
North. These two routes combined will provide a north-south and east-west connection through
Bristol, ensuring a safe and accessible corridor for non-motorized users to travel.

“This grant will allow the City to design a recreational bike/pedestrian trail that will create new
opportunities to connect the West End neighborhood with downtown, thus providing all Bristol
residents with a safe way to access public transportation and amenities in the downtown area,”
stated Mayor Jeffrey Caggiano. “Additional funding will be sought in the future to make the
connection from Route 229 to a meeting point with the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Plainville.

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PRESS RELEASE: Governor Lamont Announces $9 Million in State Grants To Plan, Build, Expand, and Improve 50 Recreational Trails Across Connecticut

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Governor Lamont Announces $9 Million in State Grants To Plan, Build, Expand, and Improve 50 Recreational Trails Across Connecticut

Grants Awarded Through DEEP’s Connecticut Recreational Trails Program

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes today announced that approximately $9 million in state grants are being released through the Connecticut Recreational Trails Program to plan, build, expand, and improve a total of 50 multi-use trails across Connecticut.

The program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Funding for this grant round was allocated by the State Bond Commission in July 2022. Governor Lamont serves as chairman of the commission.

“I am thrilled to announce funding for these 50 projects, which will improve and expand recreational trail opportunities around Connecticut,” Governor Lamont said. “The incredible response to this grant round shows the high demand for outdoor recreation in our state. Our residents and visitors continue to explore state parks, forests, and municipal open spaces and land trust preserves at record levels.”

DEEP has seen demand for outdoor recreation increase dramatically since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. Annual visits to locations in the Connecticut State Parks and Forests system reached an estimated 17 million in 2022 – a 75% increase from pre-pandemic visitation levels of between 9 and 10 million in 2019. Additionally, the economic value of hiking, climbing, and tent camping increased by 50% from 2019 to 2021. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the value of outdoor recreation in 2021 contributed nearly $4 billion to the state and supported more than 40,000 jobs.

“These projects are timely and will improve our state’s connectivity and accessibility to open space, which benefits our residents and visitors physically and mentally, enhances our state’s outdoor economy, and makes our state such an attractive place to live,” Commissioner Dykes said. “Investing in projects that support sustainable commuting opportunities, that reduce pollution from transportation, and provide safe, enjoyable alternatives to car travel are the type of projects we’d love to see in more communities across the state. My thanks to Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for supporting these important investments in our state-wide trail systems.”

A total of 28 of the awarded projects are within or serve Connecticut’s distressed municipalities and environmental justice communities, improving equitable access to outdoor recreation. Many of the awarded projects are bicycle paths that can support both commuting and recreation, including Naugatuck Greenway Projects in Naugatuck, Ansonia, Thomaston, Waterbury, and the Greenwich-Stamford multi-use path, among others. The grant money can be allocated for a wide variety of purposes, including planning, design, land acquisition, construction, construction administration, and publications for bikeways, walkways, and greenways, as well as for equipment and trail amenities, such as parking lots, toilet buildings, signs, and benches.

The Connecticut Greenways Council assisted DEEP with the competitive grant selection process. Funding for program administration of 5%, pursuant to state statutes, is also included in the grants. DEEP anticipates most of the awarded projects being completed by 2026.

The following is a list of projects receiving grants under this round:

Connecticut Recreational Trails Program
May 2023 Grant Round
ApplicantProject TitleProject TypeGrant Funding
Borough of NaugatuckNaugatuck River Greenway Trail – Phase IIPlanning/Design$352,800
Branford Land TrustBranford Land Trust Handicap Accessible Braille and Sensory TrailPlanning/Design$15,000
City of BristolBristol Recreational Trails Grant PlanningPlanning/Design$320,000
City of HartfordKeney Park Trail ConnectivityPlanning/Design, Outreach, Education$186,320
City of MeridenBrookside Park to Giuffrida Park Multi-Use TrailPlanning/Design$179,000
City of SheltonShelton Housatonic RiverwalkPlanning/Design$113,000
City of TorringtonRed Mountain Trail Design and Construction – Torrington, CTPlanning/Design, Construction, Amenities$396,100
City of WaterburyWaterbury Naugatuck River Greenway Trail Mad River Spur DesignPlanning/Design, Outreach$390,000
City of West HavenHubbard Park Interpretive TrailPlanning/Design, Construction$26,196
City of West HavenPlainfield Community Trailway ProjectPlanning/Design, Construction$32,020
Connecticut Forest and Park AssociationCT Forest and Park Association Public Engagement and StewardshipPlanning/Design, Construction, Maintenance, Education, Equipment, Outreach$445,412
Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development12 Town Airline State Park Trail Regional Association Formation & MarketingPlanning/Design, Amenities, Publications, Outreach$75,000
Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenways, Inc.Litchfield Greenway – Phase 4 – Bantam ConnectionPlanning/Design, Construction, Amenities$241,125
Goodwin UniversityGoodwin University Trails Expansion – Phase VIPlanning/Design Construction, Maintenance$123,204
Hop River Trail Alliance (Town of Coventry Fiduciary)Hop River State Park Trail Signage and WayfindingAmenities, Publications, Outreach$44,793
Newtown Bridle Lands Association Inc.Improving Multi Use Access to Newtown TrailsPlanning/Design, Construction, Maintenance, Amenities$44,080
Parks & Point with DEEP Outreach & EducationWords from the Trails: Poetry and Nonfiction Inspired by Connecticut’s Recreational TrailsEducation, Publication$13,840
Riverfront Recapture, Inc.Hartford and East Hartford Riverwalk Trail Counting InitiativeEquipment, Amenities$66,800
Shoreline Greenway TrailShoreline Greenway Trail Extension in Hammonasset State ParkPlanning/Design$120,000
Town of AnsoniaNaugatuck River Greenway (Ansonia Riverwalk)Planning/Design$272,000
Town of CantonExtension of Farmington River Rail Trail, East, Additional Design FundsPlanning/Design$60,000
Town of East HaddamLower Connecticut River Valley Heritage Trail/ Bike Path – East HaddamPlanning/Design, Outreach$32,000
Town of East HamptonAir Line Trail Gap Phase 4Planning/Design, Construction$404,800
Town of Greenwich (Stamford as Partner)Greenwich-Stamford Multi-Use PathPlanning/Design$270,400
Town of ManchesterHop River Trail Extension to Cheney TrailConstruction$440,000
Town of New HartfordNew Hartford Multi-Use Trail Phase 1Planning/Design, Construction$616,000
Town of NewingtonNewington Greenway ExpansionPlanning/Design$75,000
Town of NewtownAl’s Trail Greenway Feasibility StudyPlanning/Design$80,000
Town of Norfolk – Rails to TrailsProposed North Brook Trail SectionPlanning/Design, Construction$399,725
Town of Old LymeMulti-purpose Trail and Bridge at Lieutenant RiverPlanning/Design$28,500
Town of OxfordRockhouse Adaptive Trail NetworkPlanning/Design, Construction, Equipment, Amenities$278,500
Town of PlainfieldKate Downing Rd Open SpacePlanning/Design$10,000
Town of PrestonPoquetonuck Cove and Village Heritage TrailPlanning/Design, Construction$59,400
Town of PutnamAir Line Trail Connection and Improvements ProjectPlanning/Design, Construction, Maintenance, Publications, Outreach$175,000
Town of ThomastonNaugatuck River GreenwayPlanning/Design$150,000
Town of ThompsonThompson, CT – STILL More Than Just a Train WreckConstruction, Amenities$457,500
Town of WatertownNaugatuck River Greenway – Frost Bridge Rd. to Branch Brook, WatertownPlanning/Design$299,935
Town of WethersfieldHeritage Way Trail Improvements at Cove ParkPlanning$95,000
Town of WiltonNorwalk River Valley Trail – WII Walk ExtensionConstruction$243,000
Town of WinchesterMad River Recreation Area Phase 1Construction$60,000
Town of WolcottScovill (Mill Pond Way) Trail ImprovementsPlanning/Design, Construction, Maintenance, Equipment, Amenities$72,000
Trust for Public LandMono Pond State Park Master PlanPlanning/Design$76,725
University of ConnecticutUConn Connecticut Trails ProgramEducation, Outreach$392,724
Wyndham Land TrustParking for Bull Hill PreservePlanning/Design, Construction, Outreach$24,000
Mooween State ParkMooween Trail Parking LotConstruction$120,000
Harkness Memorial State ParkHarkness Boardwalk RenovationConstruction$16,000
George Waldo State ParkImprove Access to Housatonic RiverConstruction$23,090
Bennett’s Pond State ParkGreen Trail RestorationMaintenance$34,125
Kettletown State ParkBoardwalk ReplacementConstruction$16,000
Statewide Trail SystemsStatewide Trail Maintenance & MaterialsMaintenance, Equipment$120,000
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PUBLIC NOTICE – Metropolitan Mobility Network Meeting May 3

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) and the Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum announce the next meeting of the Metropolitan Mobility Network on Wednesday May 3, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

The meeting will be available as a webinar using the following link: .

In person attendance will be available at the NYMTC office, 25 Beaver Street, in lower Manhattan. Please RSVP by sending an email to Note that in-person attendees will be required to go through security upon entering. Please allow ample time and bring a valid photo ID. 

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Public Notice – Public Information Metting Scheduled for the Cleanup of 0 Andrew Ave. In Naugatuck

The NVCOG is holding a public information meeting to present key updates on upcoming work and answer public inquiries regarding cleanup at 0 Andrew Ave, Naugatuck. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April; 27th, 2023 at 6:30 PM and will be held in the Hall of the Mayor and Burgesses in Naugatuck Town Hall, 229 Church Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770.

Remote participation is available at

A copy of the Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives and the Community Relations Plan for the site are available for public review at the NVCOG offices, 49 Leavenworth Street, Third Floor, Waterbury, CT 06702, and online at:

For additional information, please contact Ricardo Rodriguez, Brownfields Manager at (203)- 982-0797 or or visit

Written comments may be submitted through May 7th via email to Ricardo Rodriguez, or mailed to NVCOG offices, 49 Leavenworth Street, Third Floor, Waterbury, CT 06702.

For language assistance or other accommodations, contact NVCOG at least five business days prior to the meeting.

Click here to visit the project page. 

News Release: Community Walk Audit to Be Held for The Bristol Trail Study


Bristol, Conn. —The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) will hold a community walk audit on Thursday, April 20 at 4:00 p.m. as a part of the Bristol Trail Study. The walk will begin at Brackett Park located at 120 School St. and will take residents between West St. and Main St.

The Trail Study, done in collaboration with the City of Bristol, involves looking at routing options to provide a safe, continuous connection between Rockwell Park in the west to Downtown, continuing east to Route 229. The walk audit will be held to assess and collect community feedback on a section of the proposed trail that has no evident alignment. The information gathered will be used to inform routing decisions.

A public meeting was held on Wednesday March 8 to gather feedback and answer questions from the public about the study and the proposed trail alignment under consideration. Residents can still provide feedback through a community survey developed by NVCOG and the City. To access the survey, type into the web browser on your computer or smartphone.

If you have any questions, please contact Elliot Wareham, Transportation Planner, at or 203-489-0514.


Desira Blanchard
Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments


Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection Scheduled for Saturday, April 22 in Middlebury

Do you have paints, cleaners, and other chemicals you need to dispose of? Let the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) help you dispose of these hazardous wastes. NVCOG and participating municipalities will sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Paint Collection event on Saturday, April 22. The collection will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to residents of the following communities: Ansonia, Beacon Falls,Bethlehem, Derby, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury. 

Staff unload hazardous waste items at the collection site in Prospect in September of 2022.

The event will be held at the Shepardson Community Center located at 1172 Whittemore Rd., Middlebury. There is no charge to residents. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, tax bill, or other identification, is required for entry. There is no need to line up before the 8 a.m. start time.

Household hazardous wastes are any wastes produced in the home that are poisonous, flammable, reactive, or corrosive. These wastes are harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of properly. 

Examples of wastes that will be accepted include: oil- and latex-based paints and stains, thermometers and thermostats containing mercury, drain and oven cleaners, upholstery cleaners, wood cleaners, strippers and varnishes, pesticides, poisons, pool and photo chemicals, automotive cleaners and fluids, gasoline and motor oil, grease and rust solvents, aerosols, and metal polishes.

Items that will not be accepted include:  auto batteries, propane tanks over 1 lbs., compressed gas cylinders, asbestos, smoke detectors, explosives, radioactive or medical waste, grout, joint compound, lead paint chips, and empty containers of any kind. The contractor reserves the right to reject additional materials.

Up to 50 lbs. of residential waste will be accepted per vehicle. Residents should leave materials in the original container whenever possible. When arriving at the collection site, residents are asked to stay in their cars at all times. Trained waste handlers will remove materials from the cars.

Unacceptable materials will be returned or left in the vehicle, and if available, instructions on how to dispose of them will be provided. For further information, please contact or call (203) 757-0535.


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BRISTOL, CT – The City of Bristol has been approved to receive a Community Investment Fund 2030(CIF) grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development in the amount of $6,850,000 for the Route 72 Corridor Improvement Project. Today’s grant will fund one element of the City’s Route 72 Corridor Improvement Project, which focuses on pedestrian safety enhancements, traffic calming, and streetscape improvements on Riverside Avenue and Park Street.

“Bristol is very excited as this will allow us to build on the momentum of downtown development. The streetscape project represents a tremendous opportunity to transform an entire corridor. We are very thankful for the great support from the entire CIF Board and DECD, who clearly recognizes that Bristol can leverage this support to link the many projects that are currently underway,” stated Bristol Mayor Jeffrey Caggiano.

The Streetscape project will mirror elements already in place on North Main and Main Streets, and will include the installation of sidewalks, lighting, signage, trees, and curbing along the busy corridor. “This will be a significant improvement to an important gateway into Downtown,” said Dawn Leger,

City Grants Administrator. “With all the development in the center of Bristol, we also need to improve the roadways leading into Downtown so that surrounding areas can benefit from the economic and aesthetic changes taking place in the City.”

The Community Investment Fund was established by the State Legislature in 2021 to support economic development in distressed communities by providing grants for capital projects to municipalities and non-profit entities operating in those cities and towns. The proposals must advance the state’s Economic Action Plan by promoting jobs, fostering vibrant neighborhoods, and addressing climate resilience as well as the specific needs of underserved or marginalized groups. 

The City submitted an application for a multifaceted project that will incorporate enhancements to the Route 72 corridor, including Park Street, with proposals for capital improvements submitted by several non-profit organizations on Riverside Avenue. These include the BHA/Vesta Group’s redevelopment of the Sessions Factory into housing, plans for expansion and improvements to American Legion Post #2, improvements at the New England Carousel Museum, and potential upgrades to the Disabled American Veteran’s facility that will continue to seek funds in future rounds. The next round of applications for CIF will be reviewed in May 2023 and Bristol will continue  to support the applications of all eligible projects, especially those on the corridor.

Photo attached: Mayor Caggiano attended the Community Investment Fund (CIF) 2030 Board meeting at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on March 14th when Round 2 of CIF funding was announced, here he poses with members of the Legislature and the State of Connecticut. From left to right – Matt Pugliese, Director of CIF of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the State of Connecticut; Rob Hotaling, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Economic and Community Development for the State of Connecticut; State Representative, Mary Fortier; Alexandra Daum, Commissioner, Department of Economic and Community Development for the State of Connecticut; Stephanie Thomas, Secretary of the State; Mayor Jeffrey Caggiano, City of Bristol; and State Representative, Joe Hoxha.

Public Information Meeting Scheduled for New Mix Early Action Project

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Issue Date: 03/09/2023

The Connecticut Department of Transportation welcomes the community to learn about the removal of the Exit 21 Off-Ramp on Interstate 84 Eastbound (EB) in Waterbury!

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2023, from 6-8 PM 

Maloney Magnet School 

233 S Elm Street, Waterbury, CT 06706


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State Project Nos. 0130-0186 through 0130-0190
Rehabilitation of Bridge Nos. 07042, 07043, 07044, and 07045, Interstate 84 over various named brooks; and
Replacement of Bridge No. 07051, U.S. Route 6 and State Route 67 over South Branch Bullet Hill Brook
Southbury, CT

Please join us on Tuesday, April 4, 2023
YouTube Livestream:

The purpose of this meeting is to provide the community an opportunity to learn about the proposed projects and
allow an open discussion of any views and comments concerning the proposed improvements. A Q&A session will
immediately follow the presentation.

The purpose of these projects is to address the deteriorated condition of the bridges and bring the structures to a
state of good repair.

There are temporary and permanent right-of-way easements associated with the proposed improvements.
Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2026 based on the availability of funding, acquisition of rights
of way, and approval of permit(s).

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Members of the public can submit comments and questions during the two-week public comment period following
the meeting. Please direct comments and questions by April 18, 2023 to: and
860-594-2020 or Alvaro Garcia Jr., P.E. by email at or by phone at (860) 594-3353.

This meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube, and closed captioning will be available. Non-English translation
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Persons with limited internet access, use the call-in number 877-853-5257 and enter Meeting ID 857 5640 2822.Persons with limited internet access may also request that project information be mailed to them within one week by contacting Alvaro Garcia Jr., P.E. by email at or by phone at (860) 594-3353.

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Language assistance may be requested by contacting CTDOT’s Language Assistance Call Line (860) 594-2109.
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