Here’s how a $16 million federal grant will finish the last stretch of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

A federal grant of about $16 million will help finance the completion of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Plainville, part of a $30 million project that also would connect the heritage trail to downtown New Britain. Construction is expected to begin within a year, according to the Capitol Region Council of Governments, which is overseeing the project. The heritage trail also will be connected with a new trail in Plainville that will run four miles to the CTfastrak trail at the busway’s downtown New Britain station. Funding also includes $13.2 million in state funds and $600,000 from the state Department of Transportation’s Community Connectivity program that seeks to foster transportation connections for bicyclists and pedestrians. In New Britain, CRCOG said, the new trail will further boost the city’s aggressive moves to roll out a multi-phase “Complete Streets” plan. Three phases of the plan have already been completed and a fourth is scheduled for this year.

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