Several of West Hartford’s roads will undergo complete reconstruction in 2019, while others will be milled and repaved.
By Ronni Newton
Road construction season will soon begin, and in addition to the ongoing Park Road/I-84 exit 43/Trout Brook Drive project, 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.
Reconstruction work is set to begin in mid-April, and according to Town Engineer Duane Martin, during the 2019 construction season, the town plans to reconstruct the following roadways, in the order listed below. Work on some of the roadways will not begin until the summer.
- Garden Lane
- High Street
- Lancaster Road
- Stanley Street
- Ridgewood Road (Farmington Avenue to Sedgwick Road)
- Ringgold Street
In addition, other roadways are scheduled for repaving – which includes milling but not complete reconstruction. There will be three rounds of repaving (May, July, and September), and the first round of milling and paving should begin May 13 on the following roadways:
- Boulevard (Quaker Lane South to Whiting Lane)
- Fern Street (Just west of North Main Street to Trout Brook Drive)
- Brookline Drive
- Arlington Road
Martin said that detours (see PDFs below) will be in place for the Boulevard and Fern Street work. The detours for Fern Street, in particular, are somewhat extensive.
According to Martin, the milling will take approximately one week, while paving work will take about a week and a half.
Information about the two later rounds will be provided closer to the commencement date. All lists are tentative and subject to change.
The Town of West Hartford maintains a total of 217 miles of roadway, and following visual inspection by the Engineering Division at the end of 2018 prepared a pavement condition map (see PDF at end of article).
Pavement is categorized by color, and those roadways rated “extremely poor” are the first to be considered for repaving. Meetings are held in advance with utility companies before the list is finalized, to avoid duplication of effort whenever possible.
According to the town website, “in 2018, 20 miles of roadways were rated in extremely poor condition, while 45 miles of roadways were rated in poor condition.” About 7.5 miles of roadway are budgeted for repaving in 2019.
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