Transportation

New Effort Underway to Complete I-95’s Exit 53

by Diana Stricker | Jun 5, 2018 8:17 am

Branford is looking at a new study with three alternate proposals to fix the incomplete interchange of I-95 at Exit 53.  Efforts have been ongoing since at least 1992 to address safety concerns and spur development.

The South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) and engineers from BL Companies in Meriden presented information at a public session last week. About 17 people attended the meeting at the community room of Branford’s Fire Headquarters.

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Harbor Bridge Replacement Begins May 14

by Staff | May 3, 2018 8:30 am

File  PhotoThe Harbor Street Bridge over Mill Creek will be replaced starting on Monday, May 14, with completion expected by Sept. 10. As a result, it will take a little longer to get to Parker Memorial Park and Branford Point. The Harbor Street Bridge, built in 1940, spans Mill Creek where it flows into the Branford River.

During construction, the road will be closed to traffic, which will detour by way of Maple Street, Short Beach Road and Stannard Avenue. The project was first outlined two years ago, in April 2016.  At that time construction was supposed to take place between April 2017 and end in the fall. Click here to read our earlier story. .

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Public Updated on Ins & Outs of Walsh Renovation Project

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 2, 2018 8:20 am

With  PermissionParents and Board of Education members gathered in the Walsh Intermediate School cafeteria recently to learn the latest updates about the school’s $88.2 million construction/renovation, including new drop-off entrances and bus routes into the school. One issue yet to be fully resolved is getting enough space to line up the vehicles for pickup and drop off.

Parents also learned that from this June to August the school itself will be closed while site work is underway. Construction will be contained, separate from the day-to-day functioning of the school.

An additional outreach session will take place Tuesday, April 3, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Mary R. Tisko School gymnasium.

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Kennedy: “The Lock Box has Never Been Locked”

by marcia chambers | Feb 5, 2018 9:15 am | Comments (2)

Harry Droz PhotoWednesday is the “Opening Day” of the joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session and, State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. has ready a set of environmental and health bills he says are essential to preserving Connecticut in the age of Trump.

Kennedy, co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee, gave the broad outlines of his environmental and health priorities in a 50-minute radio interview on WNHH FM’s “Legal Eagle” program.

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Legislators to DOT: Revoke Shoreline Weekend RR Cuts

by marcia chambers | Jan 31, 2018 3:52 pm | Comments (5)

A group of 18 shoreline state legislators and top town officials, determined to preserve weekend and off-peak Shore line East commuter rail service, gathered as one this morning to condemn the cuts and to declare they would fight to restore them.

State Rep. Sean Scanlon (pictured above), (D-Guilford and Branford) organized the group and the press conference at the Guilford Railroad station. In the frigid cold the shoreline’s elected officials decried proposed cuts that as of July 1 would leave the shoreline without train service on weekends and off-peak hours.

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Shuttle, Sidewalks & Sewers Raised at POCD Meeting

by Diana Stricker | Jan 29, 2018 8:10 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionBranford needs to promote business and increase tourism, according to discussions about the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). However, one of the main necessities is a transit shuttle to link popular venues and neighborhoods.

Wednesday’s meeting of the POCD Steering Committee centered around economic development strategies related to business and the economy.  About 25 people attended the session, which was held at 4:30 p.m. at Canoe Brook Senior Center. The next meeting will be at the same time and location on Feb. 7 when infrastructure will be discussed.  In addition, the Steering Committee is asking residents to participate in the Online POCD Survey, which can be found on the town’s website.

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Should Branford Create a Coastal Commission?

by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2018 8:31 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker PhotoOne suggestion for updating Branford’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) includes forming a permanent town board or commission to deal with coastal issues and climate change.

The possibility was mentioned at a meeting of the POCD Steering Committee Wednesday, and it’s included in Booklet 4C, which is part of the POCD materials available on the town’s website.

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Residents: Make Indian Neck Ave Bike Friendly

by Diana Stricker | Oct 25, 2017 8:16 am

With PermissionBranford’s Transit Oriented Design (TOD) study is proposing traffic calming techniques and bicycle awareness signs on street around the Shoreline East Train Station, but residents are asking that those proposals be extended to other areas, including Indian Neck Avenue.

Jonathan Martin, project manager with BFJ Planning of Stamford, outlined plans last week for improved connectivity between the Train Station, the Town Center and the Branford River. “It’s about making connections for pedestrians and bicyclists,” he said.

About 30 people attended the public hearing last week at Fire Headquarters to discuss the draft proposals of the TOD, which is slated to be finalized in November.

 

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Public Hearing Scheduled for TOD

by Staff | Oct 16, 2017 10:30 am

Now that the town has looked at various options for redevelopment in the area around Branford Shoreline East Train Station, a public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fire Headquarters, 45 N. Main St. Residents, property owners, and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide feedback.

Called Transit Oriented Development (TOD), the project is designed to take advantage of sites – existing and proposed – close to transit services. It includes, and would build upon projects such as Atlantic Wharf, Anchor Reef, and the Stony Creek Brewery.

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