REMINDER: Virtual Public Info Meeting - Farmington Canal Heritage Trail - Phase 1 - June 22nd

The Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Virtual Public Information Meeting concerning the proposed Farmington Canal Heritage Trail – Phase 1, Town Line Road to Norton Park on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be live streamed via Microsoft Teams Live Event and YouTube Live. A Question and Answer session will immediately follow the presentation. The presentation will be recorded. Instructions on how to access the meeting and on how to provide comments or ask questions can be found at the project webpage:

The live stream of the formal presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The project is identified as State Project No. 0109-0173.

The purpose of the project is to is to construct a multi-use trail known as the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail (FCHT) through the Town of Plainville in order to close the final remaining gap in the Connecticut section of trail. The Connecticut share of the FCHT consists of a 54-mile section connecting New Haven through Suffield, terminating at the Massachusetts border. The entirety of the Connecticut trail section is either complete, in construction, or approaching final design, excluding the remaining 5-mile gap in the Town of Plainville. The 5-mile gap is proposed to be closed in three (3) project phases. Phase 1 includes construction of 0.75 miles of multi-use trail between Town Line Road and Norton Park.

To view the preliminary design, click here.

Municipal and private property acquisitions will be required for construction of the proposed multi-use trail.

Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2023 based on the availability of funding, acquisition of rights of way and approval of permit(s). The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $4.25 million. This project is anticipated to be undertaken with one hundred percent (100%) State funds.

The public informational meeting is being held to provide the public and local community the opportunity to offer comments or ask questions regarding the proposed project. Persons with limited internet access may request that project information be mailed to them by contacting Mr. William Hogan by e-mail at or by phone at (860) 594-2575. (Allow one week for processing and delivery.)
Individuals with limited internet access can listen to the meeting by calling (888) 949-2798 and entering the Participant Code when prompted: 1591603. Persons with hearing and/or speech disabilities may dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). The MS Teams Live Event offers closed-captioning for the hearing impaired and non-English translation options. A recording of the formal presentation will be posted to YouTube following the event and closed-captioning (including non-English translation options) will be available at that time. The recording will also be available in the list of DOT virtual public meetings here:

Visit the project webpage for options for Apple users. During the Q&A session and the 14-day comment period that follows the meeting, individuals may leave a question or comment via e-mail (preferred) at Individuals may also leave a voicemail question or comment by calling (860) 944-1111. Please reference the project in your voicemail.

Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department’s Language Assistance Call Line (860) 594-2109. Requests should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public and efforts will be made to respond to timely requests for assistance.