West Hartford’s Engineering Division has advised the roadways that are scheduled for reconstruction and resurfacing, with some routes requiring occasional traffic detours. [Updated]
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 Engineer Greg Sommer advised that work is already underway on the reconstruction of Nesbitt Avenue, which is the first road scheduled for complete reconstruction. Each reconstruction project takes roughly one to two months to complete. The other roadways scheduled for reconstruction in 2022 include:
- Price Boulevard (Park Road to Seymour Avenue)
- Avalon Road
- Vincent Street
- Loomis Drive
- Cadwell Street
The first round of roadway resurfacing is scheduled to begin May 11, and in addition to Farmington Avenue from Mountain Road to Wardwell Road, where the repaving will also include re-striping to create bike lanes, work on Mayflower Street is scheduled to begin on May 11.
Mayflower Street will be intermittently closed to all but local traffic and school buses between the I-84 overpass and New Britain Avenue. In accordance with the town’s Complete Streets plan, Mayflower will be marked with buffered bicycle lanes, an enhancement from what is identified as part of the town’s bicycle plan, Sommer said. The plan calls for the roadway – which currently has parking permitted on just one side – to be a shared route.
Other roadways tentatively scheduled for resurfacing in May, according to Sommer, include Griswold Drive, Penn Drive, and Drury Lane.
According to the Engineering Division, the milling of the existing roadway is expected to take one week, 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.
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 9.8 miles of roadway in 2021.
Further updates about road repaving and reconstruction can be found on the Engineering Division webpage of the town’s website.
Berkshire Road closings
In addition, Assistant Town Engineer Jim Brennan has advised that the current phase of the state’s I-84 project will require intermittent closing of Berkshire Road, between New Britain Avenue and Mildred Road, from Friday, May 13 through Friday, May 20, as the setting of steel for the two new overpasses is completed. Brennan said this is the last time that Berkshire Road will need to be closed to accommodate the I-84 project.
The schedule of times Berkshire Road will be closed can be found on the PDF below. Berkshire Road is adjacent to Conard High School, and while school buses and student pedestrians will be accommodated, some delays are possible, Brennan advised. A West Hartford Police officer will be stationed at each end of the closure managing the alternating traffic.
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