Town: Main Street Work Should Be Done by Memorial Day Parade

Also, the town approved about $470,000 to repave and repair Heather Drive and Cross Ridge Road.


Town officials on Tuesday approved some $470,0000 to repave two New Canaan roads said to be in dire need of repair.

The milling and paving of Heather Drive and Cross Ridge Road—to be completed by Deering Construction, following a unanimous vote by the Board of Selectmen—will become the third and fourth major road works projects underway in New Canaan.

What follows are updates on all the road works, including a state project along South Avenue and widely discussed Main Street sidewalk installation.

Main Street repaving, sidewalks

Motorists traveling along Main Street have been detoured up to South Avenue this week, as workers repave and widen parts of the heavily used road and install new sidewalks on its west side, under a project by the Town Council.

Tiger Mann, assistant director and senior engineer of the town , said during an interview that officials hope the work will be completed before the Memorial Day parade, which runs from the center of town, down Main Street and into the Lakeview Cemetery near the Millport Avenue intersection. The annual parade is held on Memorial Day itself—May 28 this year. Even if the entire project isn’t completed by then, Mann said, officials should have the paving of Main Street finished at least as far as Harrison Avenue, covering the parade route.

Remaining parts of the project, Mann said, include sidewalk work in front of , now underway, work between Harrison and Woodland Avenues, street widening from Elm Place to Woodland Avenue and from the wastewater plant to Harrison Avenue.

South Avenue drainage and curbing work

Route 124 is a state road and under a project expected to wrap up some time this summer, state officials are milling, paving and installing drains along the length of South Avenue. That work will cover essentially the entire length of the thoroughfare, from the Darien line to Cherry Street, officials say.

Heather Drive and Cross Ridge Road

In what Mann described as a “perfect time to come in and repair” the roads, town officials approved $471,920.65 plus $71,000 in contingency funds for the milling and paving of Heather Drive and Cross Ridge Roads—streets located in the town’s southeast and northeast corners, respectively. The work also will include drainage, curbing and striping.

Mann noted during the Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting, held in the Board Room, that the estimate from the winning bidder came in some $110,000 less than what town officials originally had targeted, due in part to competition among contractors for scarce projects.

said New Canaan residents rank road maintenance among town government’s most important work.

“Our constituents rightly think it’s right at the top of things the town does, like schools and [emergency response],” Mallozzi said.

Responding to a question from Selectman Nick Williams about how the DPW prioritizes road work, Mann said it makes fiscal sense to try and bunch a project together so that it comes to about $1 million. That allows the town to cast its net effectively wide, Mann said, as both smaller and larger contractors will bid on jobs in that range.

Selectman Beth Jones asked whether, if the town can complete Main Street and the two road paving projects this summer, if more road work could be put out to bid in the fall. Mann said yes, as long as the town could group together enough roads to create a road project whose economies of scale work for a contractor.

Mann specifically mentioned a group of roads located off of South Avenue near the New Canaan Y: Putnam Road, Whiffle Tree Lane, Butler Lane and Conrad Road.

Paul Potenza May 09, 2012 at 12:36 PM
That's just what I was thinking: at least the majority of taxpayers will use the new Main St. sidewalk once a year. Taxpayer dollars spent foolishly once again
Four Jacks May 09, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Why is a stone wall that blocks the view of oncoming traffic on Valley Road allowed to be built on the corner of Mariomi and Valley Road? P&Z says it's legal, but check it out - it's unsafe. Like many things that are legal, they are not always in the best interest of the community.
Ade May 09, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I drove by that wall the other day and thought it seemed awfully close to the road. Too bad for the folks footing the bill because one good snow storm and a plow will probably take it out.
Four Jacks May 09, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Anyone who is concerned about the safety hazard being caused by this stone wall on the corner of Mariomi and Valley Road should call P&Z NOW. Call Steve Kleppin. P&Z's phone number is 203-594-3042. This is a busy intersection and now it is an accident waiting to happen.
Four Jacks May 09, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Ade - Wow, you are so correct. Drove past that wall again this afternoon, the part on Valley road is 1 foot from the pavement. I'm most concerned about how to make a left when turning from Mariomi onto Valley....
Ade May 09, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Well, Four Jacks, you won't have to worry about that left turn until some time next year. Isn't Mariomi shut down? By then some plow driver, truck driver or drunk driver will have knocked it back a foot or two.
Ade May 12, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Leave it to the state to start digging up South Ave while Main is diverting all traffic to it. Took me 10+ minutes to get from the library to Farm Rd this afternoon.
mary parker May 13, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Ade: So agree. 2 main road ways being worked on at the same time. You might have to take Park to 106 and then up Farm Road to get by. Or 123 to Old Kings Highway to get around the mess. What a problem for us. Took me 15 minutes to pull onto South Ave from Church Street Friday at 3:15pm. Unbelievable!!!!!!
ctbill May 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Ade... I don't usually post on here but just read your response regarding the stone wall on the corner of Valley and Mariomi. I hope your reference to "some plow driver" was not aimed at the D.P.W. plow drivers of which I have been one for over 2 decades. On occasion we catch a little bit of curb or turf,and sometimes the weight of the snow will make a mailbox a casualty. I can honestly say that in my over twenty years with the D.P.W. I can ever recall one of "the guys" taking out a wall. Now as for private contractors...that's a whole different story. Have seen the damage some of them leave behind first hand. Just wanted "the other side" to be heard as well.Here's hoping it was written in a general sense.
Glen K Dunbar May 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Mary: Why are they making new roads anyhow?? Just repair the pot holes. The way they do things in this town is crazy. that is New Canaan for you. Also, these people would never stop to let you go Mary. That is how they are in this town. Glen
Four Jacks May 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Let's hope so. How inconsiderate of people to build a wall that blocks the view of traffic coming up the road. An accident waiting to happen.
Four Jacks May 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM
ctbill - The NC snow plow drivers do a great job, and thank you for that! However, you are more than welcome to take out that wall if it happens to be in your way! Just curious, since the wall is 1 foot from the road pavement, where will you actually plow the snow if there's no room for it on the side of the road????
ctbill May 13, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Four Jacks... Thank you,we try hard to keep things moving and safe. As for your question re: Where will the snow be plowed in proximity to the wall?. I am sure you can already envision the problem there. The plowed snow will mount up on the wall for a short period,but will most certainly fall back into the road to be cleared again (and again) I'm sure you get the picture. I do agree that the site lines are dismal at best and certainly feel bad for drivers with a smaller vehicle.
Ade May 13, 2012 at 08:30 PM
ctbill - Adore the DPW plow drivers and would not see it as your fault if a wall sitting on top of the road was taken out... even unintentionally with a ton of snow and ice being pushed up against it.
Four Jacks May 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I'm very disappointed that the town would allow a dangerous situation like this.
mary parker May 15, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Glen: Don't missunderstand what I am saying. Fixing pot holes on some roads is fine, but there are alot of New Canaan roads that need repaving especially Main Street and other roads that have been pot hole fixed to the point where it last a week or so and the hole is back again. What I was saying is doing 2 main roadways at the same time that you are detoured from one to the other is stupid. South Ave should wait since it is interfearing with traffic detoured from Main Street to South Ave. But the South Ave. project is State run not town run. Also how about getting home owners to trim back their bushes and trees that block our vision?
Four Jacks May 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Mary - totally agree, it's so hard to see around the trees and bushes on South Ave. and Main Street, what a danger to pedestrians. Some homeowners in this town have no consideration for the common good. Wait until someone gets hurt. Same goes for that stone wall on the corner of Mariomi and Valley, it will take a collision there to get the town to see that this is a hazard.
Glen K Dunbar May 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Mary. Agreed. Many roads just need to be repaved. You know though the town will sing the blues about money. Cheap skates. Glen
mary parker May 30, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Four Jacks: Thanks for agreeing, but even if and when someone gets hurt, nothing will be done about it. I thought that home owners were responsible for trimming bushes and trees blocking the view of cars and sidewalks. Nothing is being done to enforce the trimming of these obstructions yet if you pull out into the road to see beyond the bushes ect. and cause an accident, you are at fault, not the home owner who doesn't cut back their tree/bushes. Who owns the stone wall on that corner? The town or the home owner?
mary parker May 30, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Glen: Hopefully with Rob on the job things will get done right in this town instead of the past selectman waisting money on foolishness. So far he is doing right for our town.
Four Jacks May 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM
OMG Mary, that stupid stone wall is being taken down and rebuilt for the third time now, it's proably still higher than the 3 foot limit. I checked with town hall and it is the homeowner's wall, and it's right up to their property line, no set-backs required when you want to build a stone wall right up against the side of the road. This is the kind of peopel that live in NC now. They are only for themselves and not for the common good. Goes to show that money can't buy class.
Loraine Szatai June 11, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I reside on Heather Drive, and I'm wondering why we aren't kept informed of the progress of the paving project, and how it impacts our ability to leave and return to our home. Why not put in speed bumps, as there are children, some with special needs, as it's a "back road speedway for drivers"?
Glen K Dunbar June 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I should also correct myself and apologize. It is not just New Canaan that sings the blues about money it is the State and all Govt entities. Why do they do that?? Just ask the Feds for a bail out. Simple !!!
Dodie givens June 11, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I complained to Steve Kleppin and he said the town was "working with homeowner to put the wall into compliance". Since then the wall was completed and now part was reconstructed and made lower near the corner. It is still too close the road and appears to be in violation of setback requirements. Could it be that the homeowner ascribes to the philosophy of " it is better to ask for forgiveness than permission"? Clearly, construction should have been suspended while the town was " working with the homeowner " . The town has left itself vulnerable to a lawsuit when the inevitable accident occurs.
Four Jacks June 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I called P&Z again this week and they are now awaiting a survey from the homeowner. Why does it take a survey to recognize what is truly now a dangerous intersection? How could the town allow this? How can the homeowner be so inconsiderate of the public's safety?


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