SOUTHINGTON — Repaving of a section of Queen Street along the Plainville border is underway and overnight work is expected to continue through the end of the month.
The roadwork is taking place along a two-mile stretch of Route 10 to the north of the bridge over the Quinnipiac River — near Birch Street — and going north into Plainville south of the intersection with Route 372. Work will generally take place between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays.
The milling portion of the work, when layers of old pavement are removed, began around Aug. 1 and is scheduled to continue until Aug. 11. Resurfacing is set to begin on Aug. 19 and go until the end of the month.
“Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to remain alert, drive cautiously, and to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity,” a state Department of Transportation announcement said.
DOT spokesperson Kevin Nursick said no road closures are anticipated, though there will be lane closures at some times. Safety personnel will be on-site to direct traffic through the workzone and signs will be posted. Overnight schedule, disruption minimal
Katelyn Newhart, an employee at Saint’s Restaurant and Catering on Queen Street, said disruption from the road work has been minimal thus far. She doesn’t believe customers have been deterred by the work.
“If they close the road I could see it affecting us and if they don't close the road it might be a little slower, but not bad,” she said.
The restaurant is open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., but the flow of customers tends to be slower towards the end of the day when work crews begin to set up on the road. Newhart said using overnight shifts for the repaving helps out local businesses.
“I think that’s amazing actually, that’s really nice...I hate that they have to work in the middle of the night, but it’s nice that way,” she said.
The road’s condition wasn’t particularly bad to begin with in her opinion, however, she noted that Route 10 is a major thoroughfare and said it’s important for the state to keep on top of maintaining it.
“It might have been in need of it, but I've driven on it every day, (and) there's not many potholes … I was actually surprised when I saw that they were doing it,” she said.