Q1. What is a Corridor Management Plan?
A Corridor Management Plan (CMP) is a plan that the communities along a scenic highway and the road’s owner write together. The plan outlines how to protect and improve the unique qualities and character of that corridor. A CMP is designed so the community can update it when there are changes to a corridor. Scenic America notes that CMPs are “community-based and flexible ‘living documents’ that outline the goals, strategies, and responsibilities for preserving and promoting the byway [or highway]. CMPs typically address issues such as tourism development, historic and natural preservation, roadway safety, and economic development.”
Q2. How is this Corridor Management Plan different from the South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) Route 146 Corridor Study?
A corridor study looks at a road and the land it travels through and analyzes how safe the road is, how easy it is to access, and how well travelers use it. If there are problems, potential fixes are proposed which may turn into transportation projects to make travel safer and easier for everyone who uses the road. A CMP is less technical. It takes a bigger picture look at the land and community the road travels through and gives the local residents more chances to weigh in. A CMP also focuses more on protecting the unique qualities and things—historic and environmental—that make the corridor special. The CMP for Route 146 will help guide possible future changes to the corridor to make it safer for everyone who travels it, to maintain its infrastructure (road, lights, etc.), and to better protect it from sea level rise flooding.
Q3. How can I get involved in this project or hear about project updates?
Visit the Get Involved page to see upcoming project meetings, submit a comment or question, sign up for project updates, and get other project information.
Q4. What is the schedule for completing the Corridor Management Plan?
he Route 146 CMP project is expected to be complete by mid-2024. For a more detailed schedule, please visit the CMP Process page.
Q5. Do other routes in Connecticut have Corridor Management Plans?
Yes. CT Route 169, located in Woodstock, Pomfrey, Brooklyn, Canterbury, and Lisbon, is a state Scenic Road and a National Scenic Byway. The Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (NECCOG) recently updated the Route 169 Corridor Management Plan for 2016-2026. Review the Route 169 CMP here