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Update on West Hartford Road Construction

Several major road/sewer construction projects are underway.

The latest issue of "Council Briefs" on the Town of West Hartford's website includes the following updates on road work throughout town:

Albany Avenue: The 3-mile stretch of Albany Ave., from the Avon line to the Hartford city line, will be milled and paved beginning July 9. Milling is scheduled to be concluded by July 20, with paving beginning on July 22. According to the website, the work to the west of North Main St. will be done overnight, while the work on the eastern stretch of the roadway will be done during the day. The road will remain open throughout th project.

Farmington Avenue: Paving on Farmington Ave., from the Farmington town line to Old Mill Lane, began on July 5.

MDC work on Mountain Road: According to the Town of West Hartford, the installation of a new water main is now complete on Mountain Road. Service connections to the homes are scheduled to begin the week of July 9, and milling and paving will take place in August. The southbound lane will remain open during milling but the northbound lane will be detoured. Mountain Road will be closed on August 15 for paving.

Elmfield Street: On July 9, the MDC will begin a two-week project to improve the sanitary sewer system on Elmfield Street, from the intersection of Colonial Street to Somerset Street. According to the town website, traffic will be detoured around Elmfield Street between Colonial and Somerset via Florence/Grove/Westgate Streets. Work will be done between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Claudia July 08, 2012 at 12:58 PM
When will Farmington Ave from Trout Brook to Quaker be paved? It is a mess of pot-holes and deteriorated curbs in stark contrast to the rest of the ave.
Mike Murdock July 08, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Here , here, to that. Farmington Ave. between Trout Brook and Quaker truly is a mess. It's embarrassing that the town let is go this long....
Jean Carr July 08, 2012 at 09:08 PM
It's also dirty. My husband and I spend a lot of time picking up the litter. thrown coffee cups, soda cans, dirty napkins etc. We think people just throw there leftovers out of their cars. too bad.
Jean Carr July 08, 2012 at 09:10 PM
yeah I know I spelled there wrong. It should be they throw their leftovers out of the car windows. sorry
Ronni Newton July 09, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I've addressed this question to the Director of Public Works. Check back for an answer! ~Ronni
Jean Carr July 09, 2012 at 01:08 AM
We can't even get across the street. the traffic is so fast
Ronni Newton July 10, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Here's the answer I got from the West Hartford engineering department: Farmington Ave. east of Trout Brook Dr. is scheduled for a major water main replacement project by the MDC. The wok will start at the beginning of August. Next year the Town plans to begin the reconstruction of Farmington Ave. with a design similar to the section between Whiting Lane and Prospect Ave. They said the paving will probably be done late next summer because there is a lot that has to happen first.
Andrew Richard July 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Been saying this for years - driving down Farmington Avenue has become nearly perilous. The water main and road should have been done years ago. I mentioned this to one of the town commissioners at least two summers ago. But I suppose our 2.7% increased taxes will be help with all this. And don't get me started on what the town allows to happen in WH's less "desirable" areas.
Jean Carr July 27, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I live across the street from St. Thomas Apostle Church on Farmington Ave. There are white crossing stripes, but no one stops to let us cross. why can't we have stop signs or yellow signs saying that pedestrians have the right of way. We have written to the town council with the rabbi signature , our Pastor's signature , and the president of our Condo's signature. Nothing gets done. We have a sign to put up but we're afraid to use it because we can't get permission to use it and have been told it's a state street. I think our council stinks because of this issue. I suppose when one of us gets killed crossing the street they might pay attention. I hope it's not me. jean carr
Jean Carr July 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM
WE were also told by the public works that no one has been killed since 1941. I'm not sure of that date, but I know our old crossing guard for the St. thomas Apostle School was hit a couple of times, because my husband took him to the hospital. No One would even stop then for the white stripe signs and his big STOP sign. Unfortunately no one ever reported his being hit to the town, perhaps knowing no one would care. Pure disgust on my part.

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