Pepper Street Improvements & Multi-use trail
Significant Pepper St Roadwork to Start Monday (10-4-21)
As most are aware, we are in the process of an over $7 million reconstruction project for Pepper Street, 90% of which is paid for by federal and state grant funds. The project has been challenged due to the extensive number of overhead and underground utilities that require relocation. While utility companies are included in the project planning and scheduling, they are not bound by the project schedule. Furthermore, some delays are also due to unforeseen underground conditions, pandemic-related supply chain issues and staffing challenges. We have had considerable, ongoing communications with the utility companies, project contractors, as well as CT-DOT, in order to move the project forward. We received a commitment to focus, and “catch up” on, utility work over this past summer. At this time, over 90% of the utility relocations are now complete.
Earlier this week, First Selectman Kellogg and other Town officials met again with the project team to focus on making as much progress as possible prior to the winter season. Significant roadwork and drainage improvements will resume the week of October 4, 2021. This will involve excavating and road widening to the new design and installation of new gravel, a base course of pavement, and new curbing. This will also necessitate some lane shifting during construction. Expect travel delays through this area, as there will be sections of roadway that, once milled, will be temporarily gravel for up to a few weeks while work progresses. These sections of the road currently under construction will have a base course of pavement completed prior to the winter season. The balance of the road reconstruction, completion of the section of the multi-use trail, as well as the final top course of pavement, is currently projected for the spring of 2022.
While the temporary impact to travel is frustrating, we thank you for your patience as work progresses. This will ultimately result in significant long-term improvements, better accommodate traffic to our industrial park, while also improving this section of the Housatonic Valley Rail Trail.
Questions and/or comments may be directed to Town Engineer Scott Schatzlein at 203-452-8631.
For more information click below.
Listing files in 'Pepper Street and Multi-Use Trail'
Director of Public Works
Phone: (203) 452-2814
Scott H. Schatzlein, P.E.
Phone: (203) 452-8631
Mon - Thurs: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 1:30pm