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MDC Completes Security Gate Project, Opens Additional Parking at Reservoir #6

Entrance to MDC Reservoir #6 taken from Route 44 facing the entrance. Courtesy photo

The Metropolitan District Commission worked with the Town of West Hartford to address traffic safety issues related to the driveway at Reservoir #6.

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The Metropolitan District (MDC) and its contractor recently completed a security gate improvement project at the parking lot entrance to Reservoir # 6 on Route 44/Albany Avenue in West Hartford. Lift gates, an electronic sign indicating if the lot is full, and a vehicle counter were installed to better regulate parking lot access and maintain the safety and security of those who utilize the parking area.

MDC worked in conjunction with the Town of West Hartford to address traffic safety issues, which included cars backing up out of the lot onto Route 44. In response to the concerns, a turnaround feature was added to the lot to allow for vehicles to safely return to Route 44 if the main entrance gate is closed when both lots are full.

As stated in an Oct. 20 press release, with construction complete, the parking lot located in the Bloomfield area of Reservoir #6, adjacent to the Water Treatment Facility, located approximately 1.4 miles from the Route 44 entrance is now open to the public. The lot was closed earlier this year to limit parking as part of the effort to manage operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MDC requests that the public using the reservoir please park only in designated parking lots and not along the service road.

As a reminder, per the Connecticut Department of Public Health, anyone using public watershed recreational areas in Connecticut, such as MDC’s West Hartford Reservoir and Reservoir #6 in Bloomfield, must maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more when walking, hiking, jogging or biking.

MDC thanks everyone for their cooperation, allowing us to keep the public and our employees safe and our recreation areas open throughout the pandemic.

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