CT Construction Digest Monday June 3, 2019

STAMFORD – A portion of Interstate-95 reopened nearly a day sooner than expected after that which was supposed to be a weekend-long closure to repair a bridge. The highway near Exit 9 opened in both directions around 6:15 a.m. Sunday, but Route 1 is closed still, Stamford Police Capt. The stretch out of highway was likely to reopen as past due as 5 a originally.m. Monday, but work to remove a dilapidated Route 1 bridge that spans I-95 is moving along faster than anticipated. “They may be running many hours before schedule,” Lombardo said.

Route 1 continues to be closed within the bridge and is not likely to open until Sunday evening or previous midnight, he said. Detours are set up. Officials got expecting a traffic headache through Stamford over the weekend as drivers took local highways to bypass the highway, but officials said congestion had not been bad, although some businesses said these were negatively affected.

Local and condition police remain monitoring traffic, Lombardo said. “The neighborhood streets still have a few issues, nothing beats (Saturday), and (Saturday) was controllable,” he said. The area of Exit 9 is likely to close again next weekend. The session will include information and updates on the progress of the renovation and proposed new construction of the Memorial Boulevard Intra-District Arts Magnet School. Board reps will be on hand to go over proposed program pathways, pupil enrollment, and tentative timelines. NEW BRITAIN – Several design top features of the city’s much-anticipated Beehive Bridge are now visible as construction on the project approaches its last months.

“The interesting stuff is starting now,” said Director of Public Works Mark Moriarty. Until lately, much of the work has been foundational and structural, said Moriarty. Thursday On the first installment of the pedestrian enclosure made to appear to be honeycomb started. In the next weeks, multicolored translucent panels that will reflect a range of colors will begin to manifest. “It will leave a really cool visual aspect on the sidewalks,” Moriarty added. LED lighting is also being installed on both the highway and pedestrian aspect of the bridge. LED lights noticeable from the highway will have color-changing features and will illuminate the bridge at night. The lights will be changed relative to different holidays and events, Moriarty said.

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Also in the works is the conclusion of two pocket parks that are being constructed on each part of the East Main Street end of the bridge. So far, one part is complete and the other is along the way of conclusion. Moriarty said the finishing touches would be the installment of four bee sculptures which will be positioned on each part of the bridge and a beehive sculpture that are almost complete. Sign Proof Southington has been active in building the sculptures.

Contractor Martin Laviero has until October to finish the task; however, these are ahead of plan, Moriarty said. August He anticipates the conclusion to be closer to. Plans for the bridge have been years in the making and funding has result from state grants like the Federal Transit Authority Bus Livability Grant. “The rehabilitation of the Main Street overpass is moving along and on plan efficiently. Using the first side panels that were installed on Thursday, residents will begin to see bigger changes over another couple of weeks and see the once derelict bridge transform into the welcoming Beehive Bridge.

WATERBURY – There’s no informing how many bare industrial structures are rotting away on polluted properties in Connecticut. The brownfield inventory maintained by the Connecticut Department of Environmental and Energy Security lists 516 sites. But state officials admit that isn’t comprehensive. Sites only land on the list after state involvement in cleanup efforts. Given the state’s long industrial history, DEEP quotes there are “probably tens of thousands” of polluted sites.

Connecticut’s inventory lists properties enrolled in circumstances brownfield program. “We realize there are hundreds across the condition,” said Maria Chrysochoou, director of the Connecticut Brownfields Initiative at the University of Connecticut. “Hartford, New, and Bridgeport Haven all have hundreds. Advised with a team of industry and municipal experts, the university program provides students training in grant writing, site investigation, legal issues, and cleanups. It’s an attempt to make a crop of experts able to tackle the problem.

UConn students will work with Torrington to inventory that city’s polluted sites, like the Smurfit-Stone Container manufacturer site. Historically, municipalities have been squeamish about taking on abandoned sites that might mean millions of dollars in cleanup costs, Chrysochoou said. Some online marketers also don’t wish to know what’s in the bottom.

It’s easier to simply keep paying fees and let them sit down idle, she said. “It’s really up to towns to have conversations with owners like that and find ways to move them forward,” Chrysochoou said. Connecticut officials can’t say how many jobs are manufactured or local tax revenue generated by the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on brownfields.