CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT, 06131-7456
|FOR RELEASE: June 18, 2012
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TELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062
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Public Information Meeting Concerning Proposed Safety Improvements, Resurfacing, Enhancements and Bridge Improvements on the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) in the City of Stamford and the Town of New Canaan
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Informational Meeting concerning Project No. 135-270, the proposed Safety Improvements, Resurfacing, Enhancements and Bridge Improvements on the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) in the City of Stamford and the Town on New Canaan on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the New Canaan Town Hall Auditorium, 77 Main Street, New Canaan, Connecticut. Department personnel will be available at 6:30 p.m. to answer questions prior to a formal design presentation at 7:00 p.m.
The project is identified as State Project Number 135-270.
This project involves the resurfacing of Route 15 in both directions as well as various safety improvements from the Greenwich/Stamford town line to 220 ft. north of the South Avenue Bridge in New Canaan for a total length of 6.53 miles.
All proposed work will conform to the “Merritt Parkway Guidelines for General Maintenance and Transportation Improvements” recommendations prepared by The Merritt Parkway Working Group in June 1994. In addition, the project involves the rehabilitation of the existing landscaping by returning it to its original park-like setting in accordance with the "Merritt Parkway Landscape Master Plan" dated October 1994.
The existing guide rail will be replaced with Merritt Parkway Guide Rail (a steel backed timber railing). The existing rock ledges close to the roadway will be evaluated, and if warranted, will be cut back or shielded with either the Merritt Parkway guide rail or concrete barrier. A single unit concrete curb and gutter system will also be installed along the grass median.
Numerous bridges located within the project limits will require minor cosmetic work (various parapet work, graffiti removal, surface and crack repairs to concrete, fencing, overlay, etc). Some bridges will require major work and will be separated into individual bridge projects. Project No. 135-304, Project No. 135-316, Project No. 89-125, and Project No. 303-007 will address these specific bridges but will still be included in the 135-270 contract.
The Public Informational Meeting is being held to afford a full opportunity for public participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning this roadway safety and improvement project.