The purpose of the Eastern Gateways Study was to develop an implementation and strategy plan to address current and long-range intermodal travel and community quality of life issues along the sections of Route 195 and Route 44 corridors that lead to and from the UCONN Storrs campus. The study presented an opportunity to build on the existing assets along the corridor while enhancing opportunities for economic vitality.
The study process concluded in April of 2019 and included a variety of opportunities for public and stakeholder involvement. The input from the community informed and guided the project, which resulted in the following efforts:
The development of a vision for the corridors
An evaluation of the current transportation and land use conditions and investigation of opportunities to make improvements
An investigation of opportunities for continued economic growth using Smart Growth planning principles
The development of recommendations and an implementation plan for transportation and land use aimed to achieve the vision for the corridors
The study emphasized enhancing safety, capacity, accessibility, and multimodal options while encouraging smart growth planning, livable communities, economic sustainability, and complete streets.