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Phase Two : "Hanover Pond Trail" Construction


   .....Ground breaking took place on Sunday, October 21, 2012

            and had its Grand Opening on October 13, 2013....

For construction pictures, please see "photos" on this website


The Public Informational Session on Phase II Preliminary Design
   was held October 28, 2009 at the Meriden Public Library


Phase II estimates of deadlines, leading to the start of construction

(September 2012)




Time Period (days)



Final Design Completed


 December 2011



Bid Documents      




May 2012

Bids Opened




June 26 2012

Bid Award



August 2012

Start Construction


 Schultz Construction Co.-


September 2013





 Lenard Engineering, Inc.

The City of Meriden is planning construction of a 1.2 mile linear trail along Sodom Brook commencing at Oregon Road in the vicinity of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association Headquarters at Dossin Beach. This multi-use pedestrian/bicycle facility utilizes the right-of-way of the Connecticut Light & Power Company which follows the alignment of the former Waterbury, Meriden and Connecticut River Railroad. The trial corridor closely follows the channel of Sodom Brook from Hanover Pond to Platt High School on Coe Ave. 

 When completed, it will provide several scenic viewing areas of Hanover Pond and the adjacent wetlands, along with views of H. C. Wilcox Technical High School and Platt High School. This  will provide these schools with educational and informational opportunities for their students. As on the Gorge Trail, historical  and natural information is planned with several themes being considered for this phase. The trail, as planned, will be a ten-foot-wide bituminous surface with the use of motorized vehicles prohibited. The paved trail will be constructed to adhere to A.D.A. (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements for handicapped accessibility. Along with informational kiosks, wood rail fencing will be installed along sections of the trail near the steep slope to Sodom Brook for the safety of trail users.

Phase Two, when completed, will have created almost 3 miles of Meriden Linear Trails that will greatly enhance the recreational experience with greater length and variety for all trail users.



 Record-Record-Journal 12/09/2008 

Contract for design of Phase II is signed

By Andrew Perlot
Record-Journal staff
Meriden— Contracts were signed at City Hall on Monday for the design of phase two of the Linear Trail, which will bring the existing 1.3-mile stretch along the Quinnipiac River1.2 miles farther along Hanover Pond and Sodom Brook. The new trail section will begin at Dossin Beach on Oregon Road and continue on the route of the defunct Meriden, Waterbury and Connecticut River Railroad as far as Platt High School on Coe Avenue The existing stretch, called the Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail, has proven far more popular with the public than Meriden Linear Trails Advisory Committee Timothy Fogal had ever imagined, he said. It serves as a multi-use biking and walking path. Future spurs are planned to connect it with Columbus Park, Wallingford, downtown Meriden, and up toward the border with Middletown. The project will be designed by Lenard Engineering, Inc. The group has worked on many similar trails in the state, said company general manager James R . Bancroft.
The proposed route for phase two runs along Sodom Brooke for much of its course, and must cross it at two points, necessitating the construction of two bridges for the trail. The route will provide a walking or biking path for students commuting to Wilcox High School, Platt High School, and Lincoln Middle School, which is just beyond to the end of the route at Coe Avenue.
The proposed trail has already been photographed by plane and the engineering firm will work on the project through 2009, Bancroft said. “There will be a lot of interaction with the committee and the community,” Bancroft said. Engineering costs for the project are approximately $200,000. If all goes well, construction will begin in 2010.
The first phase of the trail, in particular, was long in coming, said City Manager Lawrence J. Kendzior, but he hopes the rest of the proposed spurs will be built quickly.
The city has already put in a request for federal funding for phase three of the trail, which will connect to Columbus Park, at 298 Lewis Ave. 
                                                               Preliminary Design Plans     Januaru 2010

Shown below are certain preliminary design plans currently under review by the State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation.  Once preliminary design approval is obtained from ConnDOT further enhancing of  trail detail, the process leading to a public informational session, will include input from the community at Linear Trail Advisory Committee meetings.




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