Feasibility Study: Daytime Lighting in the Hop River Trail Tunnel

This project was conducted by UConn students, under the supervision of Julia Yakovich, with the goal of examining the feasibility of adding daytime lighting to the Hop River Trail Tunnel due to safety concerns and the request of trail users.  The necessity of lighting and various methods to add lights are considered. Moreover, the recommendations take many factors into account, especially cost (fixed and recurring) and complexity to build and maintain.

Executive Summary

The large tunnel under Route 384 on the Hop River Trail in Bolton is very much in need of daytime lighting; its dark interior is considerably unsafe and ominous to trail users. By speaking to many local experts, we have concluded that lighting this tunnel is possible, and may cost around $24,000-$29,450 plus recurring electrical costs of around $200-$250 per month. The most feasible lighting option is ceiling-mounted fixtures, powered by a new connection to nearby utility resources. Diverse possibilities of grants and funding are available to support this project.

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CONTACT:

Sumeet Kadian

Student

sumeet.2.kadian@uconn.edu

 

Robert Avena

Student

robert.avena@uconn.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Yakovich

Director of Service Learning

julia.yakovich@uconn.edu