2018 Paving Program
Roads completed this year include Norman Rd., Gregory Rd., Mahan Dr., portions of Canterbury Turnpike and Rogers Rd. Roads still to be completed this year include Sturtevant St., Everett Ave., Woodrow Ave., Scholes Ave., Alice St., River Ave., Center St., and a portion of Yantic Lane.
Rehabilitation of the Pleasant Street Bridge
The rehabilitation of the Pleasant Street Bridge in Norwichtown has been completed this construction season. The project included replacing the bridge deck and the guide railing, and resurfacing the road. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is funding 80% of the project cost.
Replacement of the Sherman Street Bridges
The preliminary engineering is now complete for the Sherman Street Bridge replacement project. Many people are unaware that there are actually two bridges at this Yantic River crossing - one conveys the main river channel (aka, the Canada Bridge) and the other, approximately 100 feet to the east of the Canada Bridge, conveys overflow water when the Yantic River rises.
The design of the bridges, and permitting is just getting underway. There will be a public informational meeting on the project in 2019, as design progresses.
Rehabilitation of the Sunnyside Street Bridge
The design for the rehabilitation of the historic Sunnyside Street Bridge in the Yantic Village is complete. Construction is scheduled to start in the spring of 2019. The project includes repair of the parapet walls that flank both sides of the bridge, repair of stone turrets on the south side of the bridge, relocating overhead utilities, and resurfacing the road. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is funding 80% of the project cost through the Federal Local Bridge Program, which is administered by the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT).
Vehicle Wash Building
The construction of the vehicle wash building at 50 Clinton Ave. is nearing completion and should be operational in November. This wash building will be capable of washing nearly any City Vehicle. This project was a joint effort with Norwich Public Utilities.
Norwich Avenue Sidewalks
This sidewalk project is being funded through a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $183,000. The proposed sidewalks will run from McKay St. northerly approximately 1,300 feet. Eventually these sidewalks will run to Hunters Road pending future funding. The project will include sidewalks and granite curbing. The design will begin this fall, and the work will be completed in the spring of 2019.
ADA Entrance for Youth Services
This ADA project is being funded through a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $60,000. The project involves improving the entrance to the recently relocated Youth Services Office in the Recreation building. The project will include a raised platform entrance and ramp from a new handicap parking space. The design will begin this fall, and the work will be completed in the spring of 2019.
Dunham Street Reconstruction
The Public Works Dept. obtained a Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP), grant for the reconstruction of Dunham Street. The CT Department of Transportation (CDOT) is currently reviewing the application to verify the scope of work. While the City is responsible for the design, the grant will cover 100% of the construction costs. The estimated value of this grant is $2.1M. The survey work has been completed and the design phase has started. A public informational meeting will be scheduled for this winter. A spring 2019 construction start is anticipated.
Downtown Traffic Improvements
The City is conducting a number of studies in the downtown area to determine traffic volumes, road safety data, future economic development planning and a comprehensive review of the downtown traffic patterns. The Public Works Department has applied for two grants to help expedite this process. Future improvements are anticipated to include returning current one-way streets to two way traffic, reducing pedestrian hazard areas, and improving traffic access through downtown by redesigning Franklin Square to accommodate two way traffic along Franklin Street all the way to Main Street.
(Updated October 2018)