New Haven plans transformation of State Street

State Street, the old Route 5 car-centric workhorse, will be put on a “road diet” and transformed downtown, with a large portion made safe for cyclists and land freed up for green space and development. This revision, which extends from Water Street north to Trumbull Street, used the Toole Design Group as its traffic consultant with the original direction to make better use of all the parking lots along the Metro-North rail line reviewed by the Wooster Square Study Group and consultant Utile in 2016. One of the major goals is to connect the Farmington Canal Greenway to both the State Street Station and Union Station. Chris Ozyck, an active environmentalist, said the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston could be a model to follow. He said it will be important to get right how the frontages of the new developments interrelate with the bike lanes. “That takes a lot of discussion,” he said.

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