BRISTOL - The city announced that it will officially break ground on the access road in Centre Square.
City and community officials will be putting the first shovels in the ground Tuesday morning during a groundbreaking ceremony for what will be known as “Centre Square Access Road.”
“It is truly exciting to see the development of the Centre Square parcel come to life. This first step is needed so the city can fulfill its commitment to Bristol Hospital and we can begin to develop the rest of the land,” said Mayor Ken Cockayne in a press release. “The city is committed to reinvigorating the downtown area, and this is tangible evidence that we are progressing to move this initiative forward.”
The City Council awarded the contract for the access road to Schultz Corporation of Terryville, at its Sept. 12, meeting. The road will begin at the intersection of North Main and Laurel Streets, and cut across Centre Square to Riverside Avenue. The project is expected to be completed by May 2018, according to the press release.
The road will be roughly 1,000 feet long and match the current look of North Main and Main Streets, and includes streetscape components including trees, brick pavers, a center median made of “stamped asphalt,” decorative lights, landscaping, granite curbing, and a bus stop location.
It will cost $2.7 million and provide access to the new Bristol Hospital Ambulatory Care Center that is soon to be constructed, future development on the corner of North Main Street and Riverside Avenue and future commercial properties north of the new road.
New, full underground utilities are part of the project, including sanitary sewer lines, potable water pipelines, electric and telecommunication infrastructure, and the city is updating the traffic signal at North Main Street and Laurel Street, stated the press release
The groundbreaking is slated for Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. The city’s Department of Public Works and Engineering Division is supervising the project, but it is part of the Centre Square master plan that was designed Milone & MacBroom Inc. The master plan is a guide to developing a dynamic, pedestrian-oriented downtown that supports new retail, housing, office, and recreational opportunities.
More information on the master plan, it can be accessed at bristolcentresquare.com.
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