The movement of freight is characterized by a very complex interaction of public and private infrastructure, vehicular movements, and a rapidly changing market for freight movement overall.  Due to the typical distances that freight is transported, CRCOG can only directly impact a small fraction of the infrastructure that is utilized move freight to, from, or through the region. Due to the location of the CRCOG region within the New England transportation networks, it is apparent that freight planning efforts must take into consideration a state and multi-state perspective.  Therefore, an essential part of the CRCOG freight planning strategy is the close interaction with neighboring planning organizations as well as the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to ensure that the aspects of freight movements within the region are being reflected in the planning efforts at the State and New England level.

 

CRCOG Freight Infrastructure

As outlined in the Unified Planning Work Program, CRCOG conducted an analysis of the existing freight transportation infrastructure, limitations of network connectivity within the Region, and overall network constraints within Connecticut and New England. This effort identified the following freight infrastructure limitations/concerns within the Region:

  • Rail:
    • Weight Restrictions: mostly 263k capacity (some upgrades to 286k planned)
    • Height Restrictions: Albany Avenue overhead bridge (Hartford), I-91 overpass (Windsor Locks), and overhead power lines (Windsor)
    • Width Restrictions:  Asylum Bridge abutment (Hartford)
  • Truck:
    • Bridge Under Clearance Restrictions: 154
    • Bridge Vertical Clearance Restrictions: 12
    • Bridge Weight Restrictions: 17

 

Statewide Freight Plan

 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is currently in the process of developing a Statewide Freight Plan. CRCOG has been very involved in this effort and has been supporting CTDOT as needed with stakeholder identification and outreach, data collection, and document review. This Plan is expected to be finalized in July 2017. More information about CTDOT’s Freight Program can be found here.

 

Identification of Regional Freight Concerns

Do you have concerns about freight movements or infrastructure in the Capitol Region? To identify areas of concern, please contact Cara Radzins at cradzins@crcog.org.

 

Freight Stakeholders

If you would like to be added to our list of freight stakeholders in the Capitol Region, please send your name, company/affiliation, and email address to Cara Radzins at cradzins@crcog.org.