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Norwalk To Pave Streets in Spring

Cab drivers who don't like the potholes on Fairfield Avenue can take heart: Most of them will be paved over soon. A large portion of the street is on a list of 48 roads that the city of Norwalk has under contract for paving, with A & J Construction, Deering Construction Inc. and FGB Construction Co.

The city is spending $6.7 million this year on paving, said Hal Alvord, director of the Department of Public Works. "It's a very aggressive plan," Alvord said. Work will begin when the temperature consistently makes it to 50 degrees. He won't say which roads will be done first; the companies each have their own scheduling concerns. And there are too many variables, such as rain.

"I'm not going to tell people something that I can't stand behind 100 percent," he said. "What we do is, when we're very confident that we're going to start paving on a street, two days ahead of time, we'll distribute notices on that street to all the residents and businesses on that street, informing them that we're going to start the paving operation."

Some of the money for the projects is coming from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds that weren't used last year.

The list of streets under contract for paving this year are:

• Adams Lane, Ambler Drive, Avenue E, Beau Street, from Eleanor Lane to June Avenue; Bluff Avenue

• Camp Street; Cedar Street (a city project) from Fairfield Avenue to Summit Avenue; Chipmunk Lane; Colony Place; Cornwall Court; Cottontail Road

• Deane Court, Deane Street, Eclipse Avenue, Elton Court

• Fairfield Avenue, from Couch Street to Cedar Street; Farm Creek Road; Freedman Drive

• Hayes Avenue, Hendricks Avenue, Ingleside Avenue, June Avenue, Kellogg Street, Lewis Street, Lockwood Lane (drainage project)

• Maple Street, Melbourne Road, Merritt Street, Moody's Lane (drainage project), Moscariello Place, Mulvoy Street, Murray Street

• Park Street, Pheasant Court, Pheasant Lane, Ponus Avenue (ARRA project), from Bartlett Avenue to Fox Run Road

• Sammis Street; Seaview Avenue (ARRA project); Stevens Street; Strawberry Hill Avenue, from Fitch Street to the I-95 overpass; Suncrest Road

• Technology Plaza, Union Avenue, Upland Court, Well Avenue, Winthrop Avenue, Yankee Doodle Court, Yarmouth Road

Alvord expects A&J Construction to finish its contracts ahead of schedule. He has a list of streets that he is proposing to add to the list, to be paved after July 1, pending the approval of the Common Council. The roads are:

• Buda Street, Cleveland Terrace, Emerald Street, France Street, Gold Street, Grove Street, Hamilton Avenue, Pearl Street, Podmore Street, Ruby Street, Silver Street and Ward Street

"We're planning to do even more streets than you see on that list," he said.

Alvord said his department coordinates the work with utility companies. "There's a lot of things that go into picking out which roads are going to get paved," he said. "The gas company has really been very helpful. We've held up paving some streets, they've accelerated their capital program — in such cases as much as two or three years — so I've got to give them credit, they're working hard with us. The last thing we want to do is pave a street and then have it get dug up a month or two or three months later."

He said the city has wanted to pave Union Avenue for the last year and a half, but the water company and Yankee Gas had a lot of work to do there. Yankee Gas worked through the winter so the city could pave the road this summer, he said. "They had to pay a premium so they could work through the winter so they could do that work."

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