Wallingford crews prepare Hall Avenue for beautification project

Wallingford crews prepare Hall Avenue for beautification project

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WALLINGFORD — A streetscape project is slated to bring decorative street lamps, trees and brick paver infill between the street curb and sidewalk of Hall Avenue.

It’s part of the plan to beautify the walk between the Wallingford Senior Center, 238 Washington St., and Community Lake Park, Town Engineer Rob Baltramaitis said Thursday.

“The intent is to install and mimic the theme we already have going in our downtown area along Center Street and Quinnipiac Street,” he said.

“The town looks at this as an improvement of another hub into its downtown,” he added.

The improvements are being made on Hall Avenue between North Cherry Street and River Road, which leads into Community Lake Park and the start of the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail.

Work began a couple of weeks ago, and is anticipated to continue sometime this summer.

Funding for the Hall Avenue project is rolled into construction of a paved trail from the senior center to Community Lake.

The total project cost, including contingencies, is estimated at $1.7 million, 80 percent of which is slated to be reimbursed through a federal Transportation Alternatives Program grant.

The town will pay the remaining 20 percent of costs, estimated to be $300,000.

The Town Council accepted a $45,000 donation from Eversource Energy earlier this year, reducing the town’s share to $255,000.

Past plans were to connect the senior center to the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail by going either up Oak Street or behind White Way dry cleaners onto the Hall Avenue sidewalk.

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