Which improvements to the Route 1 corridor would you value most-new bicycle lanes, more shops and hotels, or traffic-calming enhancements?
Your answers to these and other questions about the corridor's future are what planners crafting a Route 1 Corridor Plan want to know.
The questions are posted in an online survey directed to shoreline town residents, visitors, and business owners. The survey design asks participants to rank a range of possible corridor improvements from highest to lowest priority.
Should development of improved bicycle lanes take priority over traffic-calming measures? Should the corridor's economic development be concentrated at the town centers or be spread along the length of the corridor?
These are among the questions in the online survey. Everyone's views, whether from a visitor or resident or business owner in Clinton, Westbrook, and Old Saybrook, are welcome and valued. Visit www.rivercog.org/route1.html to access the survey.
Those completing the online survey before the end of 2013 also earn a chance to enter a drawing to receive a $100 Visa gift card. The survey, however, will be posted an available online until the end of January 2014.
This public input collection phase is part of the first phase of an 18-month study of the Route 1 Corridor coordinated by the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (River COG) and the Route 1 Corridor Working Group with representatives from the study towns of Old Saybrook, Westbrook, and Clinton.
Eighteen months from now, River COG and the working group will be reviewing the final product, an engineering-level plan that will guide future public and private investments in
Route 1 corridor improvements. These could include changes to roadbeds, lanes, traffic circulation patterns, drainage, intersection configuration, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian pathways.
"The purpose of the Route 1 Corridor Plan is to develop a conceptual plan to address current and long-range intermodal travel and community quality of life issues along this route in coastal Connecticut?[T]he plan will serve as a concept for future design and construction of improvements or projects within the corridor," explained Jean Davies of the River COG in prepared remarks.
The state allocated $300,000 in grant funding to the River COG to have engineering firm Fitzgerald & Halliday complete the Route 1 Corridor Pan. The three study towns each provided $10,000 as a match to this state grant.
The plan the firm develops will be guided by an assessment of existing conditions in the corridor and by input from the working group and the public from this survey and from comments in public meetings.
The Route 1 Corridor study project has four phases: assessment of existing conditions; visioning, goals, and objectives; plan recommendations; and finally, implementation. The collection of information about existing conditions and public input, the first two phases of the project, are both ongoing at the current time.