Traffic heading north on Mason Street to Putnam Ave will be detoured for a week during a Town DPW engineering project to improve drainage.
The stretch from Lexington Ave to Putnam Ave headed north will be out of commission. Traffic will be detoured all the way over to Milbank for a full week, though the exact dates of the project are contingent on relocation of a gas line.
The partial intersection closure and detour won the blessing of the Selectmen on Thursday. The work represents Phase 1 of two phases of construction to improve drainage in central Greenwich.
Gabriella Circosta-Cohee, a Senior Civil Engineer with the Town said that the work will be done by contractor, Joken Development, who will will retrofit an existing manhole at the intersection. The existing drainage pipe is 36″ diameter and will be increased to 54″ who said both the closure of the intersection and the detour around a very heavily used road are necessary for the contractor’s safety they need to close the intersection.
Ms. Circosta-Cohee said she and the Town’s senior engineer, Jim Michel went door to door to alert businesses on Mason Street and Church Street of the project and detour. They said property owners and businesses in the area were alerted by letter.
Unfortunately the exact date of the one week partial intersection is yet to be announced, as it depends on Ct Natural Gas first completing a gas line relocation Ms. Circosta-Cohee said that the relocation of the gas line requires the gas company get an easement from the YMCA, though she said that agreement is in its final stages.
This project has an estimated price tag of $1.3 million. The second phase of construction, which will go out to bid in the winter, has a price tag of $3 to $4 million and will take place at the intersection of Lafayette and Putnam Ave and continue to the intersection of Putnam Ave and Maher Ave.
Phase 2 will include construction on Sherwood Place, which the First Selectman pointed out floods in heavy rain. Ms. Circosta-Cohee said Phase 2 will go out to bid next winter and hopefully get started next spring.