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State approves New Canaan-Stamford Merritt repaving project

A look at the Merritt Parkway from the Talmadge Hill railroad bridge near the Darien line. (Joshua Fisher photo)

The State Bond Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 11, approved a construction project that includes repaving the Merritt Parkway in Stamford and New Canaan. The project is expected to begin in June.

The road work will include resurfacing of 6.4 miles of road, in addition to updated safety improvements and repair of 13 bridges that span the parkway, according to State Sen. Carlo Leone, who announced it on his website. “The project will create or retain approximately 201 construction related jobs,” Leone, a Democrat who represents Stamford and Darien, said.

“The Merritt Parkway is one of two main highways in southwest Connecticut, an essential part of our infrastructure and a major artery of our local economy,” Leone said. “We cannot afford to have the Merritt fall into disrepair. This resurfacing effort will support 201 construction jobs, and upon its completion, will help to reduce traffic and serve as a corridor to fuel future economic growth in our region.”

The project is part of the larger Merritt Parkway Improvement Plan, which is intended to address and upgrade safety issues along the entire 37.5 mile length of the Parkway. To date 19 miles of the project have been completed.

 

This latest portion of the effort will be advertised to contractors in February. The $9.6 million in state bonds will be issued to finance the work, in addition to federal money. Construction is expected to begin in June of 2013.

 

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