The State Department of Transportation announced that exploratory vertical borings are being conducted in West Rock Ridge State Park in conjunction with the Heroes Tunnel restoration project. The borings will be conducted along Baldwin Drive, the access road to a communication tower at the top of the ridge, and on a maintenance path at the Connecticut Department of Transportation District 3 facility on Pond Lily Avenue. The data collected will be used to develop and assess alternatives and construction methods for the rehabilitation or replacement of the Heroes Tunnel.
Baldwin Drive will remain open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic for the entire duration of the drilling, which is estimated to last 8 weeks. Safety measures (cones and signage) will be in place to ensure safety for visitors to the park and the drill operators. Enough of Baldwin Drive will remain open to allow emergency and park maintenance vehicles to pass, if necessary. Therefore, no access impacts are anticipated. There will be increased noise while the borings are being conducted.
More information about the Heroes Tunnel Project is available at www.heroestunnelproject.com.