NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – If you drive along I-95 through New Haven, you’re familiar with the crowd of food trucks parked along Long Wharf Drive. It’s a popular waterfront spot that is getting even more inviting. The number of food trucks parked there are nearly doubling going from 14 to 30 and there will be a greater international variety. That is just the start of the Long Wharf Waterfront renovations.
“We’re going up to thirty trucks and maybe even more trucks by the end of the day. So with extra trucks we’ll see a lot of variety. There have been a lot of people across Connecticut that have been waiting to get the chance to come to the Long Wharf, the Food Truck Paradise,” says Matt Nemerson, Head of Economic Development for the Elm City.
There’s a big resurgence along the Long Wharf waterfront district. It includes several improvements. A brand new ten foot wide sidewalk that stretches 1,000 feet, crosswalks with flashing lights to get people safely the street, a new on-street two way protected cycle track that will eventually stretch back into downtown New Haven, nine new trees and the food trucks will run on electricity.
Giovanni Zin is a New Haven City Engineer. He tells News 8, “We’re putting in plug-ins so the food trucks won’t have to run their generators and that will really take racket down and a lot of the fumes and make for a much more pleasant experience.”
And if you’re worried about the trash, the city is adding what they call big belly garbage cans. Even those trash cans are going green. They’re solar powered and compact the garbage automatically so they can hold more. All the improvements total about $400,000 thanks to a state grant.
“Now we are looking at a streetscape that is inviting for families, cyclists, pedestrians, and anyone who wants to use the waterfront” says Zin.