Thomas Road resurfacing project in Groton to include bike lanes
Groton — For the first time since the late 1980s, Thomas Road is being resurfaced – and the project will involve the addition of a bike lane on each side.
After two weeks of prep work, contractors began road reclamation on Monday morning, said Gary Schneider, public works director for the Town of Groton. If everything goes according to plan, road resurfacing should commence Friday and be finished next week.
Schneider said the road will be open to one-way traffic during regular work hours and open to two-way traffic from about 4 p.m. on.
"It should've been done a long time ago," Schneider said of road resurfacing. But he said the town held off because of bike path discussions.
The project involves widening the road, and once the resurfacing is done, another contractor will come in to add two 3-foot-wide bike lanes, he said.
Thomas Road – for many a key bypass between the City of Groton and Town of Groton – is a picturesque passageway, with its views of Birch Plain Creek. But the road configuration has not been friendly to cyclists or pedestrians.
Schneider said the $400,000 project is part of the $11.2 million road paving bond referendum voters approved in November 2012.
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