SOUTHINGTON — The Town Council on Monday night approved a contract to add another lane to a busy West Street intersection.
The work will add a northbound turning lane for drivers heading off West Street and onto Jude Lane.
“You get one person turning left, and it blocks traffic up,” said Public Works Director Keith Hayden. “This will allow a protected lane with a green arrow and improve the operation of that intersection quite dramatically.”
While the additional lane will cost more than $700,000 to design and build, Town Council Chairman Chris Palmieri said it will not come out of the town’s budget because Southington was able to get a state grant to cover the cost.
Hayden said his department is always on the hunt for grants and other ways to fund work without drawing on town funds.
“We’re very aggressive in applying for these funds,” he said.
Hayden expects work to begin in the spring.
The council approved a contract with Paramount Construction of Newington for the additional lane. The cost of the contract is $676,000.
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