The Connecticut River Access project will provide public access to the riverfront and promote the recreational potential of the river while preserving the unique, natural, historic and scenic areas along the northernmost point of the Connecticut River in the state of Connecticut. The project will provide access to the Connecticut River at the Enfield Falls and Dam. It will also offer facilities for a variety of activities and will serve as an area of passive recreation for the public including those individuals with physical disabilities. The project includes parking facilities, linear trails and paths, pedestrian bridge/tower, an observation deck and a fishing pier and dock.
BL Companies is providing land surveying, wetland delineation and assessment, archaeological investigations, environmental land use evaluation, public involvement, preliminary engineering/schematic design, geotechnical engineering, final design and the preparation of bid documents and construction administration and inspection. The project also includes coordination, review and approval by Amtrak and the Connecticut Department of Transportation as a result of federal and state funding and the close proximity of Amtrak’s New Haven to Springfield railroad line.
Specific assignments related to the land surveying services included the preparation of a right-of-way and topographic survey to support the design of the new public access way to the Connecticut River. GPS was utilized to set horizontal and vertical control throughout the project area. Extensive research and field work was performed to establish existing highway lines, an unmonumented right-of-way line of a state highway, the centerline of an Amtrak railroad line, and the limits of the high-water line along the Connecticut River. Work was performed to resolve conflicting boundaries and streetlines of several mapped subdivisions that were adjacent to the project.