Glastonbury's Main Street paving nears completion
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Sep. 26, 2013
The paving project on Main Street in Glastonbury is near completion, according to town officials, and will be funded. Town Manager Richard Johnson said the $900,000 paving project is eligible for 80-percent reimbursement through state grants, provided the budgeting of the project is kept in a separate account.
The Town Council transferred $720,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund into an account for the project. The remaining $180,000 comes from the town's annual road paving budget.
Johnson said the town staff and construction crews moved efficiently and quickly to get the project done. “It's a challenging project, but the crew did a great job,” Johnson said. “The town staff did a great job, in terms of scheduling the milling and paving. Certainly, there was some inconvenience, but generally they moved pretty quickly through a very busy area of town."
Johnson said the paving will be done soon, and new mast arms and signal lights will be the finishing touches on the project.
Council members also praised Johnson, town staff and the road crew for their excellent job on the construction project. “It certainly hasn't been fun driving through it,” said Councilwoman Lorraine Marchetti, “but the end product is fabulous.”
Council Chairman Chip Beckett also thanked the Glastonbury Police Department for managing the flow of traffic during the construction. “I was impressed, even in the middle of construction, how they kept traffic flowing at night,” Beckett said.
“I was actually quite surprised at how quickly it came together,” Councilman Larry Byar said.
“This is what I've come to expect from your crew,” Councilman Tim Coon told Johnson, “and the high standards they normally achieve and have been very successful doing continuously in the past - and I'm sure will continue in the future. It's a very well-done project, and very quickly accomplished.”