Bike path along Merritt could cost $250 million

This Google map image shows the route of the Merritt Parkway between Greenwich and Stamford.
This Google map image shows the route of the Merritt Parkway between Greenwich and Stamford.

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation says it could cost up to $250 million to put a multi-use trail along the side of the Merritt Parkway between Stratford and Greenwich.

Advocates have promoted the trail as an important piece of the East Coast Greenway, a 2,750-mile network of trails from Maine to Florida.

Michael Calabrese, the project manager for the DOT, tells The Connecticut Post that a large stretch of the path would have to be boardwalks to protect wetlands.

Opponents say the 14-foot wide path also would be bad for the environment, requiring the use of asphalt and the removal of hundreds or even thousands of trees.

One in a series of public meeting to discuss the trail will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in New Canaan.

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Information from: Connecticut Post

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