Hanson gives lesson on town roads to student atelier

Jeff Hanson, highway superintendent, answers questions about Redding roads and the future of traffic in Georgeotwn if the development project takes off.

Jeff Hanson, highway superintendent, answers questions about Redding roads and the future of traffic in Georgeotwn if the development project takes off.

Jeff Hanson, highway superintendent, visited John Read Middle and Redding Elementary School interns of the Re-wireNXT Student Atelier on July 1 to talk about town roads.

Each week of Re-WireNXT’s summer Student Atelier has a focus in which the middle and elementary school interns explore concepts related to the Gilbert & Bennett Wire Mill site. Cross-pollination of ideas is encouraged between Ecology, Architecture, Environmental Remediation/Green Energies, Food/Hospitality/Farming, and Fashion/Art.

By inviting field professionals the student atelier intends to foster the same social enrichments envisioned in the proposed Gilbert & Bennett restoration project. Each Friday at the end of the week, the group welcomes the community to its studio at the Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Center to view and discuss the vertical-themed projects produced by atelier interns and student principals.

Mr. Hanson was invited by Joel Barlow High School Re-wireNXT student principals to be an honored guest during the atelier’s Transportation Week. Mr. Hanson spoke about road conditions in Redding, the costs of repairs and maintenance, and answered questions about what types of tasks he and his crew complete on a day-to-day basis.

Focusing on local transportation infrastructure, Re-wireNXT Student Atelier identifies and seeks innovative solutions to the transportation challenges Wire Mill redevelopment presents.

With more than 400 new residences approved for development at the site, an increase in traffic volume of more than 800 cars is anticipated. How will our local town and state roads, especially Route 7, manage? Student Atelier research also demonstrates that, nationally, car ownership is declining. People value walkability in the communities they choose to live in. How do Georgetown, Redding, and neighboring towns attract and retain residents as revitalizing cities, walkable with vibrant social centers, become increasingly popular places to live and work? Our strategy? Ask our community’s most fearlessly creative, thoughtfully educated constituents — Redding’s school children.

The community is invited to visit on Friday, July 11, for “Go Wild,” ecology week.

Re-WireNXT Student Atelier is funded by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Redding Education Foundation, and Fairfield County Bank, and is sponsored by Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts. For more information, contact [email protected]

 

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