The Low Road

A forked trail
February 20, 2007, 1:44 pm
Filed under: New Haven


Spotted this post on the Elm City Cycling message board. Here’s a slightly boiled-down version:

Opposition is building to a plan by the New Haven Port Authority to re-route a section of the city’s Harbor Trail (link to news story) as it takes over 14 acres in the New Haven’s Port District.

The Harbor Trail is in the congested area east of the I-91/I-95 Interchange and Route 1, and provides a safe lowland route for pedestrians and cyclists. Eliminating the port section of the trail would create a dead end just where ease of movement and safety are needed most. The Port Authority proposes pushing pushing the Harbor Side Trail off to Woodward Avenue and Route 1.

Opponents worry that a trail through this zone would be dangerous because users would face heavy traffic, and they say the route would be hillier, longer and more difficult to navigate than the original route. Additionally, they say the plan would face hurdles due the need to acquire property and the presence of wetlands.

Chris Oczyk, founder of the Vision Trail, and leader in many local and regional planning initiatives will lead two upcoming tours of the port segment of the trail and the Port Authority’s proposed alternative. The walk is about 2 miles. Upcoming walks are on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m., and Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.

Starting from East Shore Park, the tour will pass PSEG Harbor Station, the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, various port district operations (warehouses, tank farms), mixed use commercial/residential zones and a wetland area. The route has some hills and crosses a stream twice so wear durable shoes and warm clothing.

For more information or to schedule additional walks call Oczyk at 627-0178.

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