State to Fund Putnam Bridge Walking Path Connectors

The state will provide $1 million to design and engineer the connectors that will link the pedestrian path on Route 3's Putnam Bridge, according to Transportation Commissioner Jim Redeker.

The connectors will physically link the bridge to both Glastonbury and Wethersfield on the north- and southbound sides, respectively.

"This is an example of us putting our money where our mouth is," Redeker said during an interview Friday. "This is something that the community has wanted for a long, long, long time and I would say if you had come to DOT five years ago, it would have been completed just as it was, in kind, without this kind of treatment."

The Department of Transportation finished renovating the bridge earlier this year. During the improvement process, a walkway was added along one side.

Glastonbury residents have been asking for more trails, walkable roads and bridges for years. Town Manager Richard Johnson said the project answered many of those requests and will only improve the way people get around the region.

“By constructing the walkway that’s a huge improvement and really a step in the right direction for improving and responding to requests for improved walkability," said Johnson.

The funds for the connectors are expected to be approved at the next State Bond Commission meeting.

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