Norwich - For the third time in seven years, residents will be asked Nov. 5 whether they support a $5 million bond to repave and repair roads, bridges and upgrade drainage, this time to cover work on nearly 28 miles of roads throughout the city and possibly the drainage system in the flood-prone Norwichtown area.
The question "Shall the $5,000,000 appropriation and bond issuance authorization for the City of Norwich 2013 Infrastructure Improvement Program, consisting of road, bridge, pier and wharf improvements, as adopted by the City Council, be approved?" will be at the top of the municipal election ballot Nov. 5.
If approved, the bond work would start in 2014 to repave 3.4 miles of roads in Stanley Israelite Norwich Business Park, a portion of Main Street and upper Canterbury Turnpike, said Barry Ellison, city public works director. In future years of the five-year project, the Cherry Hill area, side streets off Asylum Street, the Greeneville area, Thamesville and the Woodland Drive areas would be repaved.
Other streets would receive crack sealing and other preventive maintenance.
Ellison said there is no specific work planned at the city waterfront, but the language in the bond question for pier and wharf improvements was included in case some unknown problems arise or the city has the chance to obtain grant funding that would require a local match.
The past two bonds approved by voters, $5 million in 2006 and $5 million again in 2009, have repaved 44 miles of roads and covered preventive maintenance on another 19.25 miles of roads.
Ellison said he hopes to use part of the new bond, if approved, to rehabilitate the Pleasant Street bridge over the Yantic River and repair drainage systems throughout the city, including drains in the flood-prone West Town Street area from Norwichtown to Yantic, Sholes Avenue and low-lying parking lots and buildings.