On January 5, 2017, the team managing the Route 44 Safety Improvement Project convened a Public Open House and a status update. The event was held at the Artists Collective located on Albany Avenue.
The Route 44 Safety Improvement Project addresses safety issues along Albany Avenue from Homestead/Westbourne to Bedford Street in the Upper Albany Neighborhood and also a western portion of the Clay Arsenal Neighborhood.
Increasing the safety of this corridor will be accomplished through the installation of new traffic calming measures. These include intersection and traffic signal improvements, crosswalks with bulb-outs to reduce crossing distances, sharrows, landscaping, brick sidewalks, and decorative lighting, just naming a few of the proposed transformations. These improvements will create a comfortable neighborhood destination that is safer and more enjoyable for residents, businesses, and visitors.
The projected schedule for completion of the construction includes the following dates:
-November 9, 2016 – Project out to bid
-January 11, 2017 – Bid opening
-Award of contract – Within 60 days of bid opening
-Notice to proceed – Within 45 days of award
-Spring 2017 – Initial construction starts
-Summer 2017 – Major construction starts
-Fall 2018 – Construction complete
Bidding and construction of the project will be overseen by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The City of Hartford will assist as needed and when improvements impact city streets.
It should also be noted that the date for completion of the project might vary to some extent based upon factors including contractor questions during bidding, weather, or other incidentals that may occur.
Attendees asked many questions about the project, including how residents of the area will be affected by all the changes. There were 54 visitors during the daytime Public Open House session and over 100 for the evening’s status update on the Route 44 Operational, Safety and Streetscape Improvements Project.