Selectmen Approve 18 Day Detour During Paving of Elm Street Bumpout

On Thursday the Board of Selectmen approved a detour around the “bumpout” at Greenwich Ave and Elm Street from May 24 to June 11.

Jason Kaufman, an engineer from Dept of Public Works, said the contractor would be pouring the last section of sidewalk on Thursday morning. That will complete the sidewalk improvements, curbing and landscape islands. Planting beds should be complete by Monday morning.

“We’re prepared to finish the intersection with paving and decorative crosswalks, and that is what this detour is for,” Kaufman said, adding that the decorative crosswalks are not actual bricks, but imprinted with a pattern.

The contractor will pave the intersection the week of May 24. It should take 3-4 days. A different contractor will do the imprinting in the crosswalks.

They hope to use the same detour for both the paving and crosswalks. Kaufman said he hoped the crosswalks would take two days, weather permitting.

The detour will only be in effect while the contractors are working. The road will be fully open for the evening.

Ms Oberlander said she’d received comments about the height of the sidewalk, which currently is steep.

“We are raising up the asphalt a decent amount,” Kaufman said. “There will be a regular 6-inch curb when this is all finished, except for at the pedestrian ramps, there will be no ramp – just straight across.”

The tree on Greenwich Avenue that was the subject of a tree hearing after it was posted for removal, has been retained. After the tree warden ruled it would come down, it was appealed to state Superior Court and then a compromise on where to locate the ADA ramp was achieved.