West Hartford Road Reconstruction and Resurfacing Projects to Get Underway

The Town of West Hartford is completely reconstructing some roads and repaving others. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

West Hartford’s Engineering Division has advised the roadways that are scheduled for reconstruction in 2023 and the first round of resurfacing, with some routes requiring occasional traffic detours. 

By Ronni Newton

Road construction season begins the week of May 15, 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, re-establishment of the roadway base material, and paving, while others will be milled and repaved.

Town Manager Rick Ledwith advised the Town Council in his report May 9 that the following roads – in this order – are tentatively scheduled to be reconstructed this season:

  • Meriline Avenue
  • Lynn Court
  • Ardmore Road
  • Avalon Road
  • Vincent Street
  • Brattle Street

Each reconstruction project takes roughly one to two months to complete.

In addition, the first round of road resurfacing will begin the week of May 15, and tentatively includes the following:

  • Boulevard (Mountain Road to Riggs Avenue)
  • Garfield Road
  • Clifton Avenue
  • Trout Brook Drive (Asylum Avenue to Albany Avenue)

According to the Engineering Division, the milling of the existing roadway is expected to take four to five days, and will be followed by approximately two weeks of paving. Work generally occurs between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Detours and/or temporary road closures will be required on Boulevard and Trout Brook Drive while work is actively taking place, and police officers as well as flaggers will be on site to assist with traffic control.

“Motorists are reminded to use caution while traveling on the milled surface and be alert for raised manhole structures,” Ledwith said in his report. He also noted that in accordance with the town’s Complete Streets Policy, bike lanes will be marked on Boulevard once the resurfacing work is completed.

Additional roads will be repaved in two additional rounds, in July and September.

There are roughly 217 miles of town-maintained roadways in West Hartford, and on average 8.5 mile per year are either resurfaced or reconstructed, with a focus on roadways that are classified as “extremely poor” on the pavement conditions map. The town paved 7.9 miles of roadway in 2022. The map indicates that in 2022, 20 miles of roadways were rated in “Extremely Poor” condition, while 32 miles of roadways were rated in “Poor” condition.

Screenshot of pavement conditions map from Town of West Hartford website

Reconstruction projects span May to October of each year.

Further updates about road repaving and reconstruction can be found on the Engineering Division webpage of the town’s website.

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