Crossing the CT River? Construction begins on new trail connection for pedestrians, bicyclists

The Putnam Bridge Trail Connection Project will provide a safe and simpler way for pedestrians, pets and bikers to cross the Connecticut River between Wethersfield and Glastonbury. The project, which is expected to be complete in October 2023, will cost about $8.2 million, Department of Transportation spokesperson Josh Morgan said. The State Bond Commission already approved the needed funds. The project will include parking lots on the shores of the Connecticut River on both sides of the bridge and a paved trail leading from the parking lots to the mouth of the bridge, Giulietti said. The completed trail will make the Putnam Bridge one of the few in the state for pedestrians and bikers to cross the river without a vehicle. In April, the project bid was awarded to Richards Corp. for $8,207,115.85, according to DOT documents. To accommodate construction, there will be overnight lane closures Sunday through Friday on Route 3 southbound in the area from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and on Route 3 northbound from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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