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DOT to replace ‘functionally obsolete’ salt shed in Stratford

February 7, 2019

STRATFORD - The Department of Transportation’s salt shed is “ functionally obsolete” and the state wants to replace it.

The department’s Office of Engineering is developing plans for improving the Department’s existing winter storm operations site on Ryders Lane adjacent to Route 15 in Stratford.

The project involves constructing a new salt storage building similar in appearance to the recently completed Fairfield and New Canaan sheds off the Merritt Parkway.

Site work will include a paved loading/operations area, a personnel shelter, magnesium chloride tank, landscaping, site illumination, and associated improvements. The department’s schedule to complete the final plans is September 2019. The project will be 100 percent state funded.

“This project is necessary because the current salt storage shed is functionally obsolete and does not comply environmentally with the department’s standing agreement with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,” DOT said in a release. “Additionally, the site is critical in winter storm operations in Stratford and this area of the state. The maintenance operations and traffic at the site will remained unchanged.”

If there is adequate interest, an informational meeting will be conducted. At this time, it is not anticipated that a formal public hearing will be necessary.

Anyone interested in receiving information on this project may do so by contacting Mr. Matthew Easdon, Project Engineer, at (860) 594-3393 or by e-mail at matthew.easdon@ct.gov. Please make reference to the Stratford salt shed construction project, Project No. 138-247.

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