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Paramount Begins Construction on Streetscape

Silas Deane Highway project should be completed by September.

Construction began Monday on phase one of the  and will continue until it is completed this fall.

The project will improve the area on the eastern side of the Silas Deane Highway and the Route 160 intersection by and 

In January, the Town Council awarded the contract for the project to Paramount. The company presented a bid of $669,999, which was the lowest of the nine bidders.

The town currently has Small Town Economic Assistance Program grants totaling about $787,000 to pay for the project. Since the bid is below $787,000, there would be no expense to the taxpayers, according to town officials.

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Contractors will close Church Street up to the Center Street intersection and create a pedestrian walking area as well as additional parking spaces for the Rocky Hill Congregational Church. With one of the legs of the six-street intersection being closed, it should improve traffic conditions and make travel safer for motorists and pedestrians, town officials have previously stated.

Church Street will be blocked during the workday while construction is going on. However, the street will be open at night and on weekends to allow people access the Rocky Hill Congregational Church, according to Economic Development Coordinator Ray Carpentino.

Construction on phase one of the streetscape could be completed by September, Carpentino said.

Carpentino has submitted a grant application to the Capitol Region Council of Governments for the western side of the Silas Deane Highway and Route 160 intersection near . The Capitol Region Council of Governments has not replied back to the town at this time.

The town will continue to apply small town economic assistance grants, which were used to fund the phase one and facade programs. The facade program has stopped until at least phase one of the streetscape is completed, Carpentino added.

“We want to continue the process," he said.

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