Plainville trail work could connect with Southington

Deputy Director for the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency Francis Pickering said the portion of the trail from Curtis Street to Lazy Lane in Southington is in the process of being developed by Solvent Recovery Service, which owns the land. The remaining portion Southington would need to develop would be from Lazy Lane to the Plainville town line, which is more complicated since Pan Am owns part of the railway. Pickering said the portion between Lazy Lane and West Queen Street is technically abandoned by Pan Am Railway, however, it still owns it. The state’s Department of Transportation tried to request “public use condition” on the property when it was abandoned. However, Pan Am was not willing to negotiate at that time and rejected the price the state was willing to pay.

“It is a big thorn right now,” Pickering said, adding that the other trouble spot is the railroad from West Queen Street to Plainville because it is still active. He said the trail that would go through Plainville goes through suburban areas of town.

“We have a lot of potential for this to be heavily used,” Pickering said, adding that the trail that would run parallel to Queen Street would be useful for people to access stores and businesses, rather than riding bikes or walking on Queen Street where it is dangerous. Pickering also said it has discussed the possibility of connecting the trail to ESPN, which would allow for employees to commute to work on foot or by bicycle. That trail could potentially go from Townline Road up Redstone Hill Road.

Once the entire Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is completed, it will eventually be a part of the East Coast Greenway, which will run from Florida to Maine.

By Tammi Naudus More and more people are using the trails in town now that the weather is warming up.

By Tammi Naudus

More and more people are using the trails in town now that the weather is warming up.

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