What’s ahead for Hwy 83 reconstruction in Hartford

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For the week of May 2, the contractor will continue to work on water main and storm sewer in and around the intersection of Grand Ave. and E. Lincoln Ave.  The contractor will also be working on water main at the intersection of W. Washington Ave.  The water main work may require the water to be shut off in order to complete.  The contractor will notify affected properties 24 hours in advance of any water shut offs. 

The contractor will only have one crew working on the project next week.  Traffic control signage continues to be monitored and adjusted as needed.  Some businesses have contacted the DOT and started having signs installed directing customers to their locations.

The Highway 83 reconstruction project started Monday, April 4.  The project includes the complete reconstruction of Hwy. 83 (Branch St. and portions of S. Main St. & Grand Ave.) from Hwy. 60 (Sumner St.) to just south of E. Monroe Ave.  The project is being completed in phases. 

Currently the road is closed to through traffic from the intersection of S. Main Street and Branch Street to about 300’ north of Jefferson Ave.  Through traffic will be detoured for the duration of the project.  The detour route (from the south) takes traffic east on E. Monroe Ave. to Hwy. K, then north on Hwy. K to Hwy. 60 (E. Sumner St.), then west on Hwy. 60 back to Hwy. 83.  Local traffic may still use the roadway to access residences and businesses in the construction area.

Also, the contractor working for WE Energies did complete the pavement and sidewalk repairs at the intersection of Hwy. 60 and Hwy. 83 this week.  They completed this work on Tuesday and were hoping to open the new concrete pavement to traffic on Thursday.  However, due to the colder weather, the contractor asked to keep traffic off the new concrete pavement for an extra day to allow the concrete more time to cure.  The contractor will be here this morning to open the roadway and remove all of the barricades, barrels, and signage.  The intersection should be back to normal by noon today.

Jason W. Schall, P.E.

City Engineer

City of Hartford

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