Several of West Hartford’s roads are undergoing complete reconstruction in 2021, while others will be milled and repaved.
By Ronni Newton
Road construction season has started, and a number of West Hartford streets are scheduled for complete reconstruction that includes installation of granite curbing and concrete driveway aprons, catch basin replacement, selective concrete sidewalk replacement, and repaving, while others will be milled and repaved.
Town Manager Matt Hart announced last week that the town will initiate the second round of repaving during the week of June 29. Milling will take two weeks followed three to four weeks of paving on the following streets:
- Pheasant Chase
- Fawn Brook
- Quail Hollow
- Overhill Road
- Farmstead Lane
- Mohegan Drive (Lyman Road to Albany Avenue)
- Whitman Avenue
- Wood Pond Road (Farmington town line to Ridgewood Road)
- Lowell Road
- Fairview Street
- Warrenton Avenue
- Oakwood Avenue (Park Road to Kane Street)
- Stevens Street
According to the town’s Engineering Division, the first round of repaving included the following roadways:
- Fern Street (Fernbrook to North Main Street and Mountain Road to Willowbrook Road
- Fernridge Road
- Mountain Road (Glenwood Road to West Maxwell Drive)
- North Main Street (Fern Street to Linbrook Road)
Town Engineer Duane Martin, who is also serving in the role of acting director of Community Development, said at a recent meeting of the Town Council’s Community Planning and Economic Development Committee that the work on the North Main Street bridge will not be completed by the end of June as hoped due to complications with placing blocks under the bridge. He said he is hopeful the delay will not be more than a month, and is hopeful the road diet trial will be able to commence on schedule even if work is being done under the bridge as long as the travel lanes are open.
Road diet trial materials are being procured and the Engineering Division is working with Public Works on making signs, camera installations, and coordination with the pavement marking contractor, Martin said.
In addition to the roads that are being paved by the town, the Metropolitan District Commission is responsible for repaving streets where they have been working on sewer or water main projects.
In addition, several roadways are scheduled for complete reconstruction, and will take place in the order shown below. Work has started on Ridgewood Road, and work on some of the roadways will not begin until later this summer.
- Fenbrook Road
- Owings Road
- Cornell Road
- Ridgewood Road (Tunxis Road to Sedgwick Road)
- Princeton Street
- Arapahoe Road
- Walbridge Road (Farmington Avenue to Fern Street)
Each roadway reconstruction project takes roughly one to two months to complete.
Roadway reconstructions are more complicated than re-paving and therefore take longer to complete, about one to two months.
Updates can be found on the Engineering Division road projects page on the Town of West Hartford website.
The town will complete its third and final round of paving in September, and the roadways to be included will be identified later this summer.
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