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Norwalk Moves Along With Paving Projects

NORWALK, Conn. — Getting into Overton's proved to be a challenge Thursday afternoon. Most of the parking area was blocked by workers from FGB Construction, who had dug up a 5-foot-wide stretch of pavement.

It was just the latest step in repaving Seaview Avenue, one of many projects taking place throughout Norwalk as part of $6.7 million plan that Hal Alvord, director of the Director of Public Works, labeled "very aggressive" when it was announced in April . More than half of the streets scheduled to be resurfaced are done, according to Drew Berndlmaier, senior engineer of construction.

And just as there are bumps and obstacles on the roads around town, there are bumps and obstacles in getting them fixed. "Maple Street was slated for milling Friday, but we believe that's going to be delayed by some catch basin tops that we need to fix," Berndlmaier said. "The backing on those catch basins are granite and there's a bunch of them that are broken that we need to replace."

Park Street, on the other hand, was milled on schedule Thursday. Milling is the process of scraping off the top portion of the roadway. "Whatever we remove we'll put back," Berndlmaier said. "So we take off the old cracked surface and put fresh on top. Whenever we do that, we figure the base is in sound condition, and we're renewing the surface."

Lewis Street has already been milled, but Berndlmaier said it probably wouldn't be paved until after Park is done. Also prepared for paving are Chipmunk Lane, Adams Lane, Colony Place, Cornwell Court and Elton Court. Hayes Avenue has been prepared, but Berndlmaier says paving might be delayed for drainage work.

Scheduled for paving soon are Colony Place, Elton Court, Hendricks Avenue and Yankee Doodle Court. Seaview Avenue is also high on the list. "I'm not administrating that project, but I know it's slated for paving very soon because they've already milled the surface of the road," he said.

Upland Road is done, but there will be some fixes made because of ponding.

Work on Camp Street was delayed but will be done soon, he said. "We were originally waiting for school to get out," he said, referring to nearby Tracey Elementary. "Now that school is out they're gearing up to do concrete curbs and sidewalks on Camp Street. Once the concrete sidewalks and curbs are done on Camp Street then they'll tackle Union, Eclipse and Camp all at the same time."

The city's change order was approved, he said, meaning that the following streets will be repaved:

• Glover Avenue (from Main Avenue to the railroad crossing)

• Highland Avenue (from Rowayton Woods to Witch Lane)

• Pequot Drive

• Longview Court

• Mills Street

• Emerald Street

• Gold Street

• Pearl Street

• Ruby Street

• Silver Street

• France Street

• Ward Street

• Buda Street

• Cleveland Terrace

• Grove Street

• Hamilton Avenue

• Podmore Street

• Spar Road

• Lark Lane

• Midrocks Drive

• Hillwood Place

• Wood Acre Road

• Vail Street

• Live Oak Road

Work on Strawberry Hill Road (from Fitch Street to the I-95 overpass) has been proposed for fall. There is a development going in with proposed road openings, Berndlmaier said, as well as utility work to be done.

FGB Construction is doing much of the work. Deering Construction Inc. is doing some as a carryover from a contract last year, and A&J Construction is also involved.

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