Trail Relocation behind Town Offices
The developer for the Avon Village Center Project has agreed to relocate the segment of the Rails-to-Trails that is located directly behind the Town Offices. The Town has long been interested in the relocation of this portion of the trail, as there are safety concerns regarding the existing configuration which requires pedestrians and cyclists to travel through the parking lot located behind Buildings 5, 6 and 7. This parking lot experiences significant daily vehicle traffic from Town Hall employees and visitors. Additionally, the Police Department often responds to emergency calls directly from this lot.
A graphic depicting the approximate locations of the existing and new trail routes is attached. The trail will be relocated slightly to the northeast of the existing route. In addition to the trail relocation, this project will include several new parking spaces in the Town Hall parking lot located behind Buildings 5, 6, and 7, providing some much needed additional parking for employees and visitors. Additional landscaping and trail lighting will be installed to create a safer, more aesthetically pleasing environment for users.
The work is expected to begin the week of May 14th and is expected to be completed within eight to ten weeks. The Town is working closely with the developer to limit inconvenience and disruption to the public and to complete the project as quickly as possible. Please be aware that this construction activity may involve the use of heavy equipment at times. The work will also involve some significant tree removal and excavation work. These activities have been approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The developer has been asked to work with its contractor to ensure that the trail is open to users as much as possible during the construction period. However, in the interest of safety, there will be some closures. Signage will be placed along the trail to alert users of these closures. In addition, visitors and employees will be directed to other Town Hall parking lots during this period.
While there will be a temporary inconvenience associated with this project, we anticipate that this trail relocation project will ultimately provide a safer and more user friendly trail which will be an integral component of the new Avon Village Center development project. Please call the Department of Planning and Community Development at (860) 409-4328 should you have further questions regarding the trail relocation project. Please click HERE for an update on the Avon Village Center Development Project.