Linear trail intersections under safety review in Southington, new trail segment to open this summer

The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail’s intersections with local roads previously drew concern in 2021, after a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured in the trail crosswalk on West Main Street in Plantsville center. While there were bright yellow signs warning motorists to yield for pedestrians, town officials looked to increase pedestrian and motorist safety along the popular recreational corridor. The Town Council voted to add stop signs for motorists traveling in either direction at what was considered one of the most dangerous intersections at the time at Mill Street. Town Council Chairman Paul Chaplinsky Jr. said that he personally thinks there should be stop signs on the roads at those two locations and doesn’t think it’s too much to ask for people to stop at a pedestrian crossing that has such a high volume of people. Schultz Corp. of Terryville recently paved the new section of trail and is installing topsoil and planting grass seed along the trail edge, as well as landscaping, and fencing.

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