BRISTOL - The state Department of Transportationâ€™s long-running construction project on Route 6 is in its final stages, according to City Engineer Ray Rogozinski, with road paving complete and final details wrapping up in the next few weeks.
â€śTheyâ€™re just doing the punch-list items,â€ť said Rogozinski. â€śItâ€™s 97% done.â€ť
The work that still remains includes paving driveways and parking lots that were disturbed by the project and repairing their curbing where needed, re-curbing local roads, applying loan and seed to areas that were affected so that grass will grow again on the side of the road, planting trees and shrubs and getting the traffic signals synchronized. Construction crews will also be putting down permanent pavement markings.
â€śThe permanent markings will be applied by epoxy and that work will be done Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night,â€ť said Rogozinski.
Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, said the project is finishing just in time for the holiday season.
â€śEverybody had been trying to avoid that stretch of road for a long time, but we donâ€™t want them to because our commerce is there,â€ť she said. â€śIt is now going to be so much easier going up toward Deeâ€™s Cleaners and Laundromat. Iâ€™m sure Stephen AutoMall Centre will be thrilled now that there will no longer be construction in that intersection.â€ť
The $12.87 million state project, which runs from the intersection of Carol Drive and Route 6 in Bristol to the intersections of Peggy Lane and Route 6 in Farmington and is contracted to Empire Construction, originally began in April 2017.
The purpose of the project was to add an eastbound lane between the two intersections to reduce congestion, gridlock and safety concerns. The pavement cross slope was adjusted and draining modifications and upgrades were made. Traffic signals are being changed to fit with the alterations and sidewalks are being planned along the corridor in addition to bicycle lanes.
The project faced delays due to utility relocation. Juan Ruiz, project engineer with the Department of Transportation, said utility lines were buried too shallow and not properly protected so they had to be moved deeper.
The water main around Camp Street had to be relocated as well as a portion of the gas main around ShopRite.
Planning for the Route 6 project was based on input from an online community study conducted in 2016.
Only 1% of those who filled out the survey said they felt the corridor was fine as is. Seventy percent said there should be additional turning lanes and half said travel lanes should be added. Thirtyfive percent said improvements to sidewalks and crosswalks were needed in some areas.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.