Branchville TOD to receive vote from Housatonic Valley planners Thursday

A planned Branchville improvement effort could be receiving some additional help.

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) is set to meet with the Housatonic Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (HVMPO) at the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association Thursday, March 15, 11:30 a.m. to  discuss, and possibly vote on, the town's Branchville Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) project. 

"The project would construct pedestrian bridges and 1,300 linear feet of sidewalks near the Branchville Metro-North station in Ridgefield," WestCOG wrote in a press release Monday, March 12. "In addition, this project would install new curbing, crosswalks, and pedestrian lighting. This project would be funded through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), as a result of a 2016 regional solicitation."

"Projects funded through TAP seek to enhance pedestrian and bicycle facilities and improve non-driver access to public transportation, among other activities. The project conforms with the 2017 Branchville Transit Oriented Development Plan, commissioned by WestCOG, on behalf of Ridgefield.

Projects on the HVMPO's Transportation Improvement Program are scheduled to receive federal funds.