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Greenmanville Streetscape

Heritage Tourism

Greenmanville Streetscape
Mystic, Connecticut

The Greenmanville Streetscape project addressed a two-mile corridor along Connecticut Route 27 from Interstate 95, passing Mystic Seaport Museum, to Old Mystic Village. The streetscape improvements were Transportation Enhancement Act funded by Connecticut DOT. Historically the half-mile center of the corridor was the Greenmanville Brothers shipbuilding yard and residences along the Mystic River, now the Mystic Seaport Museum. To strengthen the heritage tourism experience, a series of pedestrian and vehicular improvements were designed to enhance arrival, way finding, traffic flow, pedestrian safety and enjoyment while preserving and reinforcing the distinctive, historic character of the street and adjacent elements. Five turn-out areas for cars arriving in Mystic were also designed beyond the core area along Rte 27, a two-lane, high-volume, state route. The project assessed the existing conditions of the corridor, addressing traffic and pedestrian movement patterns, congestion and safety. Research into historic character and review of the programmatic needs followed. Community meetings provided input and selection of alternatives that were incorporated into the final design. The project work included reconstruction and repair of historic walls and iron and wood fences, new sidewalks and ADA curb cuts, street tree plantings, cleansing wetlands at parking lots and installation of street lights, signs, street furnishings, and lay-by shelters. Distinctive area maps and signage aid in way-finding and interpretation. Completed in 1999, the $1.8 million project has been well received by the Town of Stonington. Mystic Seaport Museum, host to 500,000 visitors each year, is especially appreciative of the efficient, well-integrated, safe streetfront and entries that reveal history and ecology while fully addressing contemporary needs.


CT Route 27 Corridor Streetscape, North and South Museum Entries, North and South Parking Areas, for the Town of Stonington and Mystic Seaport Museum

Project Credits:
Heritage Landscapes, parallel to CLA Engineers, Inc., for survey and civil engineering.