Pedestrian bridge crossing Bethel’s train tracks is among the ways to enhance downtown, experts say

Even after praising the way Bethel has developed its downtown, experts say the town could further enhance accessibility for pedestrians. One recommendation is the construction of a pedestrian bridge connecting the east side of Bethel’s train station and the west side of the tracks. An over-the-tracks pedestrian bridge, which has been an idea for at least a decade, was one of the topics discussed during and after a recent transit-oriented community walk through downtown Bethel. In addition to highlighting the town’s successful transit-oriented development, the audit walk through Bethel was designed to open people’s eyes to potential areas of improvement — such as the need for the pedestrian bridge over the train tracks. There was also a recommendation to convert some industrial land into multi-family housing.

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