New Haven gets $9.3 million to help connect trails from Hammonassett to Massachusetts

The city of New Haven is well on its way to completing a design that will connect the still-unfinished New Haven stretch of the 84-mile Farmington Canal Heritage Trail to the 25 miles of the Shoreline Greenway that could make this trek a reality. The 4.4 mile link, which includes the long-awaited New Haven stretch of the Shoreline Greenway, is even longer than the city’s 3.3-mile stretch of the Farmington Canal Trail, which is part of the East Coast Greenway. The city has secured $9.3 million, including $7 million in federal funds and $2.3 million in state bond funds, to pay for it, City Engineer Giovanni Zinn said. Zinn, who is charged with making it happen, aims to complete the design and any necessary permitting in 2024 and put it out to bid in 2025. He estimated that construction would take 18 months to two years.

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