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September 8, 2022

Road safety improvements slated for Old Wethersfield

Contributed The areas highlighted in yellow show planned road safety improvements in Old Wethersfield.

The town of Wethersfield has hired Clover Construction Company of Bristol to complete road safety improvements for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists in Old Wethersfield. 

The project, funded through a Community Connectivity Grant Program grant from the state Department of Transportation, focuses on the area of Hartford Avenue and Main, State, Garden and Nott streets.

Planned work includes installing new brick paver and concrete sidewalks, concrete ramps, curb bump outs, parking spaces, crosswalks, pavement markings and signage, and limited permanent pavement repair and drainage improvements. 

The winning bid came in at just over $708,000, which will be funded through $393,300 from the state DOT Connectivity Grant, and a second Urban Act grant, according to town inspector Dan Rebelo.

The town also retained Hartford-based BETA Group Inc. to provide full-time construction inspection, engineering oversight and materials testing services for this project, town officials said.

Site preparation work is expected to start as soon as this week at the north end of Garden Street, with work moving toward the intersection of Main and State, then to areas near Main Street and Hartford Avenue.

Town officials estimate the work will be done in about three months, with minor improvements and lawn restoration work finished in the spring.

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