Bond referendum could improve roads, sidewalks and public works in Manchester

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Jul. 11, 2013
Mayor Leo Diana (right) with Deputy Mayor Jay Moran. Moran would like to see an improvement to the intersection of Keeney Street and Hartford Road. Photo by Christian Mysliwiec.
Mayor Leo Diana (right) with Deputy Mayor Jay Moran. Moran would like to see an improvement to the intersection of Keeney Street and Hartford Road. Photo by Christian Mysliwiec.

Every two years, the Board of Directors considers a bond referendum on road, sidewalk and other public works improvements. At the BOD's meeting held Tuesday, July 9, Mark Carlino, director of Public Works, presented a list of potential projects.

They are:

  • - $5 million for roads paving
  • - $1.5 million for two years of sidewalk replacement work
  • - $400,000 for traffic signal replacement and upgrades, which will cover two intersections, most likely along Middle Turnpike.
  • - Downtown parking lot improvements and pedestrian enhancements, primarily to Purnell Place, east of Main Street.
  • - $2.1 million for the replacement of the Hartford Road Bridge over Hopp Brook in the area of Bidwell Street.
  • - Renovations and upgrades to the 40-year-old Charter Oak Park, including parking improvements, drainage and field improvements.

The next two projects are the local share of STP Urban Projects Grant that Manchester has been awarded.

  • - Pedestrian and bikeway improvements along Hillstown Road and Spencer Street for $250,000.
  • - A pedestrian and traffic improvements near Exit 3 off I-384 for $285,000.

The last item was of interest to Deputy Mayor Jay Moran, who lives off of Keeney Street. “Going onto Hartford Road in the morning at the intersection with the Dunkin Donuts and the gas station and the Subway, it's a complete disaster,” he said. He asked Carlino if there is discussion about addressing the intersection.

Carlino explained that town engineers have looked at it, and because it is a state highway and near ramps controlled by the Department of Transportation, the town has brought the concern to them. “We've had some preliminary discussions with them saying that this area does need to be looked at,” Carlino said.

The board will have to finalize details, and when a final figure is determined, General Manager Scott Shanley will prepare final documentation.

“Once we have an idea from you [the board] on where you would like to go, we will prepare formal resolutions for August,” said Shanley. The resolutions would include information pertaining to debt services.


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