Stonington plans for big season of road paving

Stonington - There's going to be a lot of paving going on in town this year.

On Tuesday, Public Works Director Joe Bragaw announced what roads will be paved as part of the $3.5 million in bonding that taxpayers approved in October for road repairs.

He also said the state Department of Transportation is planning to pave Route 27 from Route 1 to Interstate 95 sometime this fall. He said the town will coordinate its work with the state to minimize the disturbance to motorists.

Bragaw said that a major reason residents have been seeing Yankee Gas and Aquarion Water Co. crews doing work in Pawcatuck and Mystic is that the town has been communicating with the companies over the past few years to make sure their work is done before the roads are repaved.

"The last thing that we want is for a utility company to have to dig into a new road if it can be avoided at all cost," wrote Bragaw in the department's announcement.

In addition, he said that any residents needing to dig up the road or tie into a utility in the street should call the Public Works Department before the paving is done. He said doing such work after the paving is completed will be much more costly for the utilities and property owners.

Phase I of the town work , which will take place in May and June, will involve the following roads: Harry Austin Drive, Masons Island Road from just south of Old North Road to the gate; Elm Street from Alpha Avenue to the borough line; Chase Street from West Broad Street to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center driveway; Lester Avenue from West Broad Street to Palmer Street; Washington Street from West Broad Street to Maple Street; Stillman Avenue from Liberty Street to Arch Street; Lantern Hill Road from just south of North Stonington Road to Wolf Neck Road; and Taugwonk Road from the I-95 off-ramp to where the road narrows at number 135.

Phase II will take place in the late fall and will include Cottrell Street from Route 1 to Washington Street; Jackson Avenue from Washington Street to Route 1; Holmes Street from Route 27 to Route 1; Willow Street from Route 27 to Route 1; and Broadway Avenue from Willow Street to East Main Street. Bragaw said the department is also looking at doing other roads this year.

Meanwhile, between May and October, the Public Works Department plans to apply a thin asphalt overlay on roads that are slated to receive a chip seal treatment next year to prolong their life.

These roads include Wamphassuc, Palmer Neck, Flanders (north of Deans Mill Road to Pequot Trail), Old Stonington, Wilcox, Elm Ridge, South Anguilla, Farmholme, Wolf Neck, Latimer Point (from Route 1 to the Railroad tracks), Anguilla Brook and Barnes along with Old Pequot Trail.

Bragaw said that in order to keep residents informed of the schedule, his department will send out periodic updates and post them in the announcements section of the town website, at www.townofstonington.com.

He cautioned residents that the schedule may change due to weather, contractor availability and whether a road is prepared to be paved. Anyone with questions can call the Public Works Department at (860) 535-5055.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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