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Route 80 Will Soon Have a New Look

The Connecticut DOT will begin clearing trees along Route 80 in preparation of the planned widening.

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.

Abbie Walston May 24, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Wow they sure are GONE! Didn't realize they'd be cutting so far back. Sure looks different when driving by!
Jenn McCulloch May 24, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I'll have to get some updated pictures!
Marjorie May 25, 2012 at 02:49 AM
It is sad that it has to come to removing these trees just for widening a road that really doesn't need this kind of "renovation"
E Joy May 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM
It's a shocking contrast!

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