Cheshire town officials are planning increasing police patrols in some neighborhoods that are expected to see an influx of foot and bicycle traffic.
The increased police patrols is due to the newest section of the state’s Rails to Trails. The walking and bike path will connect through almost half of the state.
The newest section of the Rails to Trails will serve as a resource for recreation seekers, but many, who live along the trail, told Eyewitness News they have concerns about the increased activity close to their backyards.
On Thursday morning, the construction crews were providing the bulk of the activity along the path between West Main and Jarvis streets. In addition to working on the path itself, they are building a parking lot with restroom facilities.
While construction proceeds rather smoothly, homeowners said they deal with a double-edged sword.
“The path does provide a nice opportunity,” Cheshire resident Dan Ruddy said. “But in our opinion, you also lose some of the privacy.”
“I think the location at first was a pretty major concern, but over the year or two they have been working on it,” Rob Smith, of Cheshire, said. “Things have subsided because we are going to use the path almost daily, we are hoping.”
Cheshire residents told Eyewitness News on Thursday they knew this day was coming because half of the town already has the path and the other portion of the path is already complete in Southington.
People told Eyewitness News they just need to take the proper precautions.
“I’m thinking of putting a camera back there,” Ruddy said. “Something that takes still pictures and is triggered by motion.”
“I planted 15 trees that will grow nice and big and give us a little privacy back,” Smith said. “But, first thing in the morning, when you get people walking and riding back there, you will hear a little more chatter I’m sure.”
The town plans to hold a meeting for residents in April to hear more concerns and determine what if anything can be done. The completion of the path is expected in 2017.
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