Sep. 13—If it feels like déjà vu all over again, you're right: work has resumed on Branford's Route 146 seawall replacement project on Limewood Avenue, with one-way, alternating traffic, temporary traffic lights and all the rest back in place to aid safe travels, and slow down area residents trying to navigate their neighborhoods, as the project's heavy lifting gets underway. The project is scheduled to be completed on May 31, 2022, according to the Connecticut Dept. of Transportation (DOT).
As previously reported, due to unanticipated issues causing a number of failed attempts set up coffer dams along the residential, waterfront stretch of state road, also known as Route 146, the CT DOT temporarily pulled the plug on the project, which it had started in September 2020, as of May 2021. The DOT announced it would to return to start the work again in September 2021, after the end of the summer season, as requested by the Town.
In a press release issued Sept. 3, 2021; the DOT alerted the project work would resume by Sept. 9. On Monday, Sept. 13, crews were out to install temporary traffic lights back where they had been last year and traffic was down to one, alternating lane.
The Route 146 seawall replacement project work site encompasses Route 146/Limewood Avenue between Sybil Avenue and Crouch Road. In addition to replacing the existing wall, roadway reconstruction, drainage improvement and pedestrian safety improvements, including a five-foot wide sidewalk are part of the plan.
The state awarded the project to C.J. Fucci, Inc. at a cost of $5,824,577.40.
The following Lane closure information applies to the construction site and was provided by the CT DOT:
Route 146- Limewood Avenue: Motorists can expect alternating one way of traffic using temporary traffic signals for the duration of the project from approximately September 10, 2021, to May 1, 2022.
Wilford Road at Route 146: The southern Leg of Wilford Road at Route 146 will be closed and traffic will be detoured during construction.