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Old 05-19-2010, 12:53 PM
 
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I just saw this on cnn.com
The 11 most endangered historic places - CNN.com
Merrit Pkwy is #7 on the list.
It says CT DOT is unable to do the necessary maintenace to accomodate the increased traffic. But why would that make it endangered? It's not disappearing or anything.
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Old 05-19-2010, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Have you taken a close look at some of those old concrete bridges? They are falling apart. If the state cannot maintain the bridges, they will continue to crumble and will have to be replaced by modern structures and this will change the aesthetics of the road.
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I highly doubt the Merritt could ever be widened. I think they could make some small improvements, but that's about it. I think if the traffic increases to the level of NYC traffic. Where it's bumper to bumper 24 hours a day. They would have to consider closing it. Maybe turning it into some kind of nature trail, bike trail, etc.
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Old 05-20-2010, 05:36 AM
 
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Have you taken a close look at some of those old concrete bridges? They are falling apart. If the state cannot maintain the bridges, they will continue to crumble and will have to be replaced by modern structures and this will change the aesthetics of the road.
ITA, that's what I heard on the news. Here's a better report:


Merritt Parkway deemed endangered by National Trust - Connecticut Post
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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I really hope they can find the money to restore this beautiful parkway and preserve the original character of the bridges. It is a national treasure.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Fairfield
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I highly doubt the Merritt could ever be widened. I think they could make some small improvements, but that's about it. I think if the traffic increases to the level of NYC traffic. Where it's bumper to bumper 24 hours a day. They would have to consider closing it. Maybe turning it into some kind of nature trail, bike trail, etc.
No way could it be widened, without either ripping out the bridges or changing the roadway to go over the bridges instead of under. Either way would cost billions and billions, something I for one don't feel like paying for through increased taxes. If the fed gov't wants to pick up the tab - fine with me. I'd love to have less traffic on weekends. Personally, I do love the drive when there's little traffic (early on Sunday's seems to be the best time), but they would be better off spending less $ on improving the on/off ramps - 20 feet to get up to speed limit (if people actually drove that) from a dead stop is ridiculous. I would be happy too if they would turn 95 into a much wider road - I think the state's right of way there is much greater there. Oh, and charge the out of state vehicles a toll to come through. That will not only bring in much needed revenue, but will also force residents to stop registering their cars in other states to avoid paying the car tax (yes, separate topic, but still annoys me ).
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Oh, and charge the out of state vehicles a toll to come through. That will not only bring in much needed revenue, but will also force residents to stop registering their cars in other states to avoid paying the car tax (yes, separate topic, but still annoys me ).
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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Oh, and charge the out of state vehicles a toll to come through. That will not only bring in much needed revenue, but will also force residents to stop registering their cars in other states to avoid paying the car tax (yes, separate topic, but still annoys me ).
While I agree with you on the car tax issue (though many other states that supposedly don't have car taxes actually have them "hidden", for example NY notes a "car tax" in the registration fee, though it's only every 2 years), how would you bring about that? The only way I can think of is to simply have a single toll plaza on the border and doing that would punish in-state people who commute to NY. Maybe there's a way with EZ Pass to do it, but it sounds a bit complicated.....
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I would not worry about significant changes being made or the Parkway ever being widened. The bridges along the Merritt Parkway have been designated Historic which means ConnDOT can not remove them. The road has also been designated by the state as "Scenic" which means that all work has to follow certain design guidelines which ConnDOT is doing with every project. There are however a couple of bridges that are deteriorating and that have been patched. Rather than worry about aesthetics though, ConnDOT only worries about them when the issue is structural. Jay
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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I would not worry about significant changes being made or the Parkway ever being widened. The bridges along the Merritt Parkway have been designated Historic which means ConnDOT can not remove them. The road has also been designated by the state as "Scenic" which means that all work has to follow certain design guidelines which ConnDOT is doing with every project. There are however a couple of bridges that are deteriorating and that have been patched. Rather than worry about aesthetics though, ConnDOT only worries about them when the issue is structural. Jay
At some point, probably in our lifetimes, the bridges will have to be removed - "historic" or not. The bridges are made of reinforced concrete - they weren't chiseled from solid granite.
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