Meriden goes out to bid for Pratt Street gateway project

Meriden goes out to bid for Pratt Street gateway project


MERIDEN — The city is accepting bids for a project that aims to transform Pratt Street into a boulevard and establish it as the new entrance to downtown from Interstate 691.

“The project includes, but is not limited to, converting Pratt Street in Meriden, Connecticut from a 4-lane undivided roadway to a 2-lane divided roadway from Broad Street to East Main Street,” the bid invitation states. “The project includes the installation of raised landscaped and flush paver medians, the realignment of the Camp Street at Pratt Street, and Center Street at Pratt Street intersections, spot sidewalks repairs, and milling, paving, utility adjustments, pavement markings and sign installations.”

City officials have said the project is key to making the downtown more pedestrian friendly. Bike lanes are planned to promote alternate forms of transportation. At the intersection of Pratt and Camp streets, a park is planned along the wooded area abutting Interstate 691.

The city opened up the bidding process last week and will accept bids until 2 p.m. on July 12. The city received a $3.2 million grant from the state for the project.

City officials say the opening of the new train station and transit area this summer will likely bring congestion to State Street and want to make Broad Street the designated downtown exit off Interstate 691 to steer traffic to Pratt Street.

Signage on I-691 directs motorists to take Exit 7 to get to the city’s downtown.

“That’s not the first impression you want to get of Meriden,” Associate City Engineer Brian Ennis previously told the Record-Journal.

The city is also seeking funds to make changes that would create two-way traffic on West Main Street/East Main Street, Cook Avenue, Hanover Street and Perkins Square. The project has $2.5 million approved for signal improvements. 203-317-2231 Twitter: @LeighTaussRJ

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