Road repaving project to begin in Stamford
STAMFORD — More than two miles of Route 1 will be repaved next month by the state Department of Transportation.
The milling and repaving will start near the Darien border, and stretch past Washington Boulevard to Clinton Avenue, city Transportation Bureau Chief Jim Travers said. Work is planned for the overnight hours starting Sept. 5 and will last about a month, Travers said.
“Because Route 1 is so heavily utilized, (the state) took into consideration all of the volume of the road,” he said.
State projects earlier this year during daytime hours on Long Ridge Road, and other city roadways, prompted complaints from motorists whose daily commutes were lengthened.
Both sides of the Route 1 will be repaved — more than four miles of asphalt — Travers said, and the state will also repave some of Washington Boulevard, down to Station Place.
“This is a significant investment in Stamford,” Travers said.
The plan also calls for the state to skip swaths outside of active development sites downtown, he said. Private developers will be responsible for paving those stretches to meet state standards.
The state previously paved the entire roadway, including near active work sites, that then needed to be patched to repair the damage from the construction. The practice has long been a gripe of Zoning Board members and city officials.
But, with this project, Travers said the state will skip active sites, and the city will no longer accept spotty fixes.
“We’re no longer accepting patches,” he said. “It has to be curb-to-curb restoration.”
Soon after the pavement is complete and temporary lines are drawn for drivers, Travers said the Traffic Bureau will look to slow traffic and create more attractive streetscapes.
“I’d like to introduce more on-street parking and more dedicated pavement markings,” he said. ”There is an opportunity to start changing the landscape.”
The state will also use high-visibility paint for final road linings, he said.
Travers said he also plans to propose additional pedestrian crossings.
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