Center St. paving underway

WALLINGFORD — Motorists can expect lane closures on a stretch of Route 150 until early October as the state Department of Transportation works to repave three-quarter miles of the road.

Lane closures can be expected on Center Street from East Center Street to South Elm Street, said Judd Everhart, a DOT spokesman. Route 150, also known as Center Street, is state-owned and the state is responsible for its upkeep. Work started Sept. 13, and is expected to last until Oct. 4.

“This is routine maintenance,” Everhart said. “Every season we hire a number of different paving contractors that do various projects around the state.”

In all, the state resurfaces about 250 miles of road a year, Everhart said. The portion of road to be resurfaced will be milled by Costello Industries at a cost of $24,640. Once milled, the road will be paved by Tilcon, costing the state $161,276. Work will be done weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Traffic control personnel will direct motorists.

Detours aren’t unusual during milling, Town Engineer John Thompson said, but “they have a plan.”

Thompson’s only concern is that the work will take business away from Vinny’s Deli. The deli is the only restaurant in the area of Center Street to be resurfaced. During a pre-construction meeting, Thompson said, he told DOT representatives that the state “really needs to avoid disrupting his business during the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. time frame.”

“They are aware of that and sensitive to it,” Thompson said.

The road work on Center Street is scheduled maintenance, he added.

Yankee Gas just completed installing new gas mains under the road, so “it’s in everyone’s interest” to resurface the road to create a uniform surface, Thompson said. (203) 317-2224 Twitter: @Andyragz

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