NEW BRITAIN - The city has secured $3.67 million from the state Department of Transportationâ€™s Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program to make necessary improvements to East Main and Myrtle streets. The contract has been awarded to Martin Laviero Contractor Inc. of Bristol.
â€śThis critical funding will help us continue implementing our award-winning Complete Streets and Downtown Livability Master Plan,â€ť said Mayor Erin Stewart, who announced the state funding Wednesday.
The plan is aimed at creating a safe, more pedestrian-friendly and attractive environment downtown.
This construction is part of Phase 6 of the reconstruction project of East Main Street between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Main Street.
â€śWe are thrilled to continue the project in front of New Brite Plaza and make necessary road improvements in the area,â€ť said Stewart.
The work includes milling and overlaying of Myrtle Street between Main Street and Washington Avenue. It also entails the replacement of catch basin tops and installation of new catch basins, new granite curbing, and new concrete and brick sidewalks and pedestrian ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
Further, the existing traffic signal at the Route 72 ramp will be replaced and there will be installation of new signs and pavement markings, removal of impacted existing trees and installation of new trees.
Future phases of the cityâ€™s master involve work on Columbus Boulevard and Washington Street and Chestnut Street near Harry Truman Overpass.
Work the latest phase is expected to begin Friday.