Working to protect, preserve and enhance this historic Connecticut roadway through education, advocacy and partnership
Merritt Parkway Trail

The Connecticut Department of Transportation's presentations on the conceptual design of the proposed multi-use trail have been completed in each of the eight towns through which the Merritt Parkway travels. The Conservancy remains opposed to the trail as it:

  • Destroys a natural resource -- loss of biodiversity of wildlife and ecosystems, loss of trees that clean the air and prevent soil erosion.
  • Is an inefficient use of public resources -- the trail is a seasonal recreational trail that does not alleviate auto dependency for traveling to work, running errands to retail and commercial shopping centers and offers limited access to public transportation links at a projected cost of $250 million.
  • Lacks good design -- trail includes a 14' path of which 10' is asphalt with a chain link type of fencing on both sides for the entire 37.5 miles. Planned construction of boardwalks, tunnels, bridges and retaining walls in the right of way. Read more here.

We encourage you to send an email to CTDOT opposing the proposed trail as comments are considered in the final study report. Email or via mail:

Timothy M. Wilson, P.E., Manager of Highway Design
CT Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 317546
Newington, CT 06131-7546

Neighbors: Do you live next to or near the Merritt Parkway? We invite you to stay informed about what the trail might mean to you.

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Stamford/New Canaan Project Update

This project is part of CTDOT's overall corridor improvement plan, involving resurfacing and providing safety improvements and enhancements from the Greenwich/Stamford town line to the South Avenue Bridge in New Canaan. The improvements include:

  • Replacing the existing guiderail with the steel backed timber railing
  • Widening the right shoulders to 8 feet (4 feet paved and 4 feet reinforced grass shoulder)
  • Installing a concrete curb and gutter system along the median for drainage
  • Installing a new drainage system
  • Resurfacing the roadway
  • Landscape restoration, including removal of invasives, tree removal for safety, and planting of native shrubs and trees
  • Bridge cleaning, repair and restoration

The project is similar to the recently completed project in the towns of Fairfield and Trumbull, and is anticipated to be completed in 2015. For additional information, please email or contact Timothy M. Wilson, P.E., CTDOT Manager of Highway Design Engineering and Construction at

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Photographs for the Merritt Parkway Conservancy courtesy of Eric Seplowitz, Tod Bryant, Westport, the Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER).

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