With the planned will come a different landscape. The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) has given the contractor, Guerrera Construction, the go-ahead to begin work on the project starting May 21.
The first step of the project is making room for the construction, which means the trees along Route 80 between Central Plaza and the will have to be cleared. Many of the trees slated to be cleared of pictured in the photo gallery.
“There will be a significant visual impact immediately,” said Town Manager Richard Branigan.
Town Engineer Kurt Weiss said the town was told that Guerrera was planning on performing the cutting work starting this week, but noted that the weather is probably impacting their schedule.
Weiss said that after the trees are cleared, the next step is multiple stages of construction, including grading on the north side of Route 80 near Central Plaza and relocating the water mains and gas lines.
The town is currently in talks with the DOT about replacing some of the trees that will be lost due to the construction.