The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) completed a transportation study on Route 195 in Tolland. Initially the study was intended to identify the transportation needs and define near and long-term improvements along a 2.5 mile stretch of Route 195, but early in the study it became apparent that the community had a strong interest in focusing improvements on the Tolland Green area. Alternatives reviewed throughout this study focused on traffic calming and safety in this historic town center. The final plans create a more pedestrian friendly environment through the use of several traffic calming techniques, additional Green area, enhanced crosswalks, and overall increased safety.
CRCOG managed the overall study with technical assistance provided by a consultant. A local Advisory Committee was appointed by the Tolland Town Council in an effort to guide the study and provide local input into the process. The Advisory Committee met at key milestones throughout the study. Public informational meetings and workshops were held to present findings and solicit comments from the community.
The study recommendations were accepted by the Advisory Committee and approved by the Town Council on March 9, 2010. The final plan consists of corridor recommendations that reflect comments from the Town and public. The recommendations have solid engineering principles behind them however detailed design and construction drawings must still be advanced separate from this corridor study process.