BRISTOL - Work is progressing on Centre Square, with the installation of granite curbing under way and gas line improvements and streetscape work planned for the next phase of the project.
“We are coordinating with Eversource to perform the gas line work,” said city Engineer Raymond Rogozinski. “The city has finalized its contract with Eversource and they are working to upgrade the gas lines for our new road as well as on Laurel Street and West Street.”
Rogozinski noted that with the curbing work now under way, passers-by will soon be more clearly able to visualize the roadway taking shape. The 1,000-foot Centre Square access road will begin at the intersection of North Main and Laurel streets and will cut through Centre Square to Riverside Avenue.
At the beginning of this month, Rogozinski said that utilities, conduits, a sanitary sewer system and a potable water system along with most of the electrical system were being installed in the road. This work is still under way but once it is complete, streetscape improvements will begin.
“There are still several streetscape improvements which we will be doing behind the curb line, similar to what you see on North Main Street,” said Rogozinski. “We’ll be putting down brick, decorative lighting and landscaping.”
Work also continues on the site of Bristol Hospital’s 60,000-square-foot, three-story Ambulatory Care Center. The area surrounding the grounds has been fenced off and the grounds themselves are being excavated, filled and leveled as utilities are installed. Once complete, the building will house houses services for cardiology, endocrinology and diabetes, neurology, orthopedics, rheumatology and urology.
The Centre Square access road and the Bristol Hospital Building along with the planned renovations and opening of a theater and art magnet school at Memorial Boulevard School, as well as the opening of Pint and Plate, are part of the city’s plan to revitalize its downtown area.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.