Might 29—GLASTONBURY — Along with scheduling a June 22 public data listening to on plans for the subsequent part of the massive Principal Avenue sidewalk development undertaking, the City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to maneuver ahead with preliminary design work on 4 smaller sidewalk tasks.
Initiatives backed by the council for the primary time on Tuesday could be on the east facet of Principal Avenue between Overlook Highway and Buttonball Lane and alongside Home Avenue between Hebron Avenue and the brand new multiuse path alongside Salmon Brook, filling gaps in present sidewalks.
As well as, the council reaffirmed its help for sidewalk tasks on Spring Avenue and Bantle Highway, which it initially accredited final October.
City Supervisor Richard J. Johnson defined later that the vote helps preliminary design work on the tasks. When the design reaches “a sure stage,” he defined, the council can schedule public hearings on the tasks, which can happen after affected property homeowners are notified.
After the general public hearings, the council would vote on whether or not to go ahead with development of the sidewalks.
If the tasks are accredited, Johnson mentioned, the city administration’s purpose is to construct the sidewalks this development season.
The Spring Avenue undertaking has already been designed, and is estimated to value $160,000, Johnson wrote in a letter to the council. He mentioned a preliminary value estimate for the Bantle Highway undertaking can be $160,000.
NEWLY APPROVED: On the east facet of Principal Avenue between Overlook Highway and Buttonball Lane and alongside Home Avenue between Hebron Avenue and the brand new multi-use path alongside Salmon Brook, filling gaps in present sidewalks.
REAFFIRMED: On Spring Avenue and Bantle Highway
WHAT’S NEXT: Preliminary design of the sidewalks, adopted by notification of affected property homeowners, public hearings, and City Council votes
CONSTRUCTION: Presumably this yr
The sidewalk on Principal Avenue between Overlook Highway and Buttonball Lane is estimated to value $87,000, whereas the Home Avenue undertaking is estimated at $41,000.
The city presently has $195,000 obtainable for sidewalk development and has one other $300,000 put aside for that goal in its capital price range for the fiscal yr that begins July 1, for a complete of $495,000, Johnson informed the council.
If the present estimates for the 4 tasks show to be correct, their value would complete $448,000, leaving $47,000 that might be used for the subsequent part of the massive Principal Avenue sidewalk development undertaking, which has a $750,000 price range however is anticipated to value about $800,000.
The Principal Avenue development could be on the west facet of the road between the Previous Cider Mill and Principal Avenue’s intersection with Purple Hill Drive and Chestnut Hill Highway, connecting present sections of sidewalk.
The council on Tuesday scheduled a June 22 public data listening to on choices for that undertaking. It presents development difficulties due to steep slopes on the west facet of the road, which can require slicing into the slope or transferring the street to the east by as a lot as 9 ft.
One possibility that has been eradicated from consideration is constructing the Principal Avenue sidewalk on the east facet of the street. That will require pedestrians strolling by way of the world to cross the road twice to get to and from present sidewalks, which officers contemplate too harmful.
The quick part of sidewalk that’s being thought-about on the east facet of Principal Avenue between Overlook Highway and Buttonball Lane presents no such hazards as a result of there’s an present sidewalk on the west facet of the road in that space.
Johnson defined that the aim of that new sidewalk could be to offer individuals coming off the prevailing sidewalk on Overlook Highway a route as much as the massive intersection the place Buttonball Lane meets Principal Avenue and the ramps to and from the restricted entry part of Route 17. He mentioned a separate undertaking is envisioned for a pedestrian crosswalk at that intersection.
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