MERIDEN — Work is underway on a $2.7 million project to transform Pratt Street into a boulevard-style “gateway” to downtown Meriden.
The project will reduce the road to one lane in each direction with a landscaped median.
LaRosa Construction Co. was awarded the contract after a bidding process last summer. The local firm was previously hired for the $14 million transformation of the former Meriden Hub site into the Meriden Green.
The Pratt Street work is funded by a state grant. It is designed to improve pedestrian and driver safety, while also beautifying the strip as the new entrance to the city from Interstate 691.
LaRosa crews, which began work late last year, have completed a retaining wall near Camp Street. On Monday, workers were digging on the side of Pratt Street in preparation to realign the intersection with Camp Street so the two streets meet at a right angle, Associate City Engineer Howard Weissberg said.
After the intersection is realigned, work on the median can begin, Weissberg said. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“It’s going to instill a positive effect on citizens coming into town because the first thing they are going to see is a nice entryway to get into the downtown area,” Acting City Manager Ken Morgan said.