The Connecticut Port Authority Opens New Round of Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP) Grants:

On April 24, 2019, the Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for project funding under the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP), a competitive grant program managed by the CPA. Under SHIPP, Connecticut municipalities and other entities, with property in or adjacent to waters of the state, may apply for matching funds to conduct a project that improves infrastructure or management of their local waterway.

All applications are due to the Connecticut Port Authority by 4:00 p.m. on June 12th. For the application and more information, please visit www.ctportauthority.com.

Three Bicycle and Pedestrian “Tactical Engagement” Demonstrations Planned:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments has planned the following events, related to the region’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

Norwich Tactical Engagement (Bicycle Facilities) – April 28-29th:

Central Avenue, Norwich.

Protected facilities, separated from motor vehicles with more than just stripes painted on asphalt, are the new normal for high-quality bikeways. Come see a demonstration of a two-way separated, bicycle facility on Central Avenue in Norwich, April 28 and 29! We want your feedback to help inform the future of bicycle transportation in Southeastern Connecticut, so be sure to check in with one of our volunteers or staff while you’re visiting.

Griswold Tactical Engagement (Placemaking) – May 4th:

Fanning Court, Jewett City.

Alleys can be dark and scary, but they can also be inviting, fun, lively spaces, when designed properly. May 4th is the day of Griswold’s annual Night Light Parade, and we’ll be preparing through the day, dressing up Fanning Court (the alley between Uncle Kranky’s Cafe and Mandarin Garden) for the occasion with lighting, paint, and more! With a small monetary investment and a healthy injection of volunteer time, smarts, and muscle, almost any underutilized outdoor space can be transformed into an attractive, colorful, and welcoming place. Please come by that afternoon or evening to see what we’ve done!

Groton Tactical Engagement (Way Finding) – May 11-24th:

Multi-use path between Gold Star Bridge and the Naval Submarine Base, Groton.

Signs for biking and walking can do a lot more than point you in the right direction; a signage system can also provide distance to destination, time to destination, and even “brand” a bikeway or bike/walk network. We are piloting such a system on a route in Groton connecting the US Naval Submarine Base New London and the Gold Star Bridge, between May 11 and 24, and we hope you’ll come to check it out! We want to know what you think of the route, the information on the signs, and the aesthetics of the signs too, so please check in with a volunteer or staffer if you see one set up beside the route. Your feedback will help inform decisions to be made in Groton and across Southeastern Connecticut!

Metropolitan Transportation Plan:

SCCOG adopted its 2019-2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) on March 20th.

The MTP is a policy document with a 25-year horizon, which sets priorities for Federal transportation funding in southeastern Connecticut. The MTP studies existing conditions and transportation needs, and makes recommendations for transportation improvements through the year 2045. The MTP is updated every four years.

Metropolitan Transportation Plan (2019-2045)

Transportation Project Solicitation – Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP):

SCCOG is accepting applications for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), through April 19th. TAP funds are used for bicycle, pedestrian, and transit enhancements.

SCCOG is apportioned $1.18M in funding of FFY2021 – FFY2025. Successful applications will meet eligibility criteria, cost a minimum of $500,000, and have a local cash match of at least 20%.

SCCOG will hold an informational meeting for municipal staff on March 8th, 2pm, at SCCOG offices. R.S.V.P to Kate Rattan – Krattan@seccog.org.

Solicitation Memo – SCCOG

Solicitation Letter – CT DOT

2016 TAP Federal Guidance

CT Surface Transportation Block Grant Program form

2021 TAP Cost-estimate Template

CT DOT 2017 Cost Estimating Guidelines

TAP Presentation (3/11/19)

Public Comment Period and Public Hearing – Draft Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP):

A public comment period for the Draft Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) will begin February 8, 2019 and end March 12th. SCCOG will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 27th at 5pm, located at SCCOG Offices: 5 Connecticut Avenue, Norwich, CT. Please submit written comments by mail to SCCOG offices (address above) or by email to office@seccog.org. 

The MTP is a policy document with a 25-year horizon, which sets priorities for Federal transportation funding in southeastern Connecticut. The MTP studies existing conditions and transportation needs, and makes recommendations for transportation improvements through the year 2045. The MTP is updated every four years.

Draft MTP as of February 8, 2019

Air Quality Conformity Resolution

Regional Transportation Conformity Report

Conformity Determination Report

Five Southeastern Connecticut Municipalities Earn Community Connectivity Program Grants:

Colchester, Montville, New London, Norwich, and Sprague were awarded grants under the CT DOT Community Connectivity Program. Community Connectivity grants are used for capital projects that improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.

  • Colchester: Town Green Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project, $397,030.00.
  • Montville: Route 32/163 Intersection Improvement, $378,000.00.
  • New London: Connectivity Improvements at Governor Winthrop Boulevard, Water Street, and Ferry Street (signals, sidewalks, crosswalks), $399,901.00.
  • Norwich: Franklin Square Safety Improvements (roundabout), $400,000.00.
  • Sprague: Shetucket River Nature Style Walkway, $400,000.00.

Press Release

Community Connectivity Program page

Public Workshop – SUBASE New London Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Implementation Project:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments is conducting a study to identify and plan for future demands across the region for housing and transportation related to expanded activities at Electric Boat and SUBASE New London. Please join us to learn about the study and share your ideas.

Meeting information:
January 29, 2019 – snow date: Jan. 30
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Groton Public Library
52 Newtown Road, Groton

Meeting Flyer

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