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East Hartford Hosts Public Hearing On Road Improvements

A public hearing on 2018 road reconstruction projects is scheduled for Wednesday night in town hall.

Voters last year approved a $10 million bond issue for planning, design and rehabilitation of town roads in 2017-18.

The town’s engineering division invites residents and other interested citizens to learn more about the proposed work and share concerns. Those attending will hear a presentation by VHB, the Wethersfield-based design engineer on the projects.

The work is part of a townwide road improvement plan that started in 2004 and is bonded every two years.

Town officials anticipate another referendum in November 2018 to fund work to be done in 2019-20. The plan is to continue until every road in town has been improved, and then the cycle will start again, officials said. In most cases, the work includes complete curb-to-curb reconstruction, including grating, milling and reinstalling catch basins.

Since 2004, 66 of the town’s 151 miles of road — about 44 percent — have been reconstructed. Anticipated work in 2018 will add about two miles.

The following roads will be reconstructed beginning in the spring: between Scotland Road and Great Hill Road — Birdie Lane, Bunker Lane, Chipper Drive, Driver Road and Fairway Court; and Primrose Drive and Shady Lane off Silver Lane.

Also, between Roberts Street and Scotland Road — Forbes Street, Olde Roberts Street, Hudson Street, Morris Court and Oliva Court; and Martin Circle off Warren Drive.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in town council chambers.

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