The new Westbrook Town Garage on Route 145 was unveiled today in a brief ceremony with remarks by First Selectman Noel Bishop and Director of Public Works, John Riggio. This event was followed by a public tour and open house.
The new garage maintenance bay where Riggio stood is equipped with 27,000 pound lift to facilitate truck maintenance work. In the next truck bay is spray equipment to power wash the undersides of town trucks to keep them free of salt, sand, and dirt.
As part of a land swap agreement with the State of Connecticut Dept. of Transportation, the town acquired the former state road maintenance site on Route 145 just north of I-95 Exit 64 to use for a new Town Public Works Garage. On the site, in addition to the new high-bay garage is an older garage with several storage bays and a large salt and shed with the Town will continue to use.
The DOT in return acquired the former town garage site on Norris Avenue to use for the new Shore Line East train station and parking lot that opened last month.
To build the new garage on the Route 145 site, town allocated $285,000 and the State DOT, $1.5 million, to complete the design and construction of the new Town Public Works Garage.