In a town plagued by traffic backups, Farmington officials want to build a bridge from Route 4 to New Britain Avenue

The job, which years ago was estimated at $50 million, would alleviate some of the worst backups in the town’s Unionville section, particularly helping rush hour commuters from Canton, Burlington, New Hartford, western Bristol and parts of Litchfield County, planners said. Establishing a regional benefit is likely to be essential to securing federal aid for the project, and the Capitol Region Council of Governments wants to emphasize that point when a funding request is submitted through the state transportation department. CRCOG’S proposal is to extend Monteith Drive by almost a fifth of a mile, linking Route 4 and New Britain Avenue directly in front of the town hall, high school and library complex. That would give motorists a way to cross the river without driving all the way west to Unionville or east toward the village center. Farmington will hold a public information session in November to go over details of the proposal and field residents’ questions. CRCOG just completed a $150,000 study of the bridge idea, and will present its findings.

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