Andover to celebrate safe transit initiative

Oct. 11—ANDOVER — Improved pedestrian routes through Andover will be celebrated with a ceremony on October 15.

A ribbon-cutting for the Andover Center Safe Transit Initiative will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the rail trail entrance on Center Street.

Working with the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Community Connectivity Grant Program and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Town of Andover worked to improve biking and hiking paths in the East Coast Greenway and along and over busy Route 6.

Pedestrian accessibility to the public library, the congregational church and the town museum was increased, as was accessible parking at the library for people with disabilities.

Additionally, a new trailhead, bike racks, benches and signage were established at Center Street, retaining walls were installed on Long Hill Road, and crosswalks and sidewalks were upgraded along Route 6.

"This project supports the goals of Andover's Plan of Conservation and Development, which includes a Complete Streets Master Plan," said Andover Town Administrator Eric Anderson in a release. "The goal of this project was to provide safe and aesthetic walking and biking connections across Route 6."

The public is welcome to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.