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Day Hill Road to Get Extensive Face Lift

More than $1.5 million in improvements have been approved for Day Hill Road, including a "pedestrian network."

The Windsor town council recently gave a unanimous thumbs up to two projects approved by the town planning and zoning commission for construction — two projects that will change the face of Windsor's corporate district.

According to town documents, the two projects approved amount to more than $1.5 million in infrastructure and aesthetic improvments to Day Hill Road.

More than $600,000 — funded through bonds subject to a future vote of the council — were dedicated to the construction of a "pedestrian network" along the busy road.

Included in this network are:

  • A 10-foot wide sidewalk on the north side of Day Hill Road from Helmsfor Way east to Marshall Phelps Road;
  • a five-foot wide sidewalk from Day HIll Road to ING Way on the west side of Marshall Phelps Road;
  • a 10-foot wide path between Marshall Phelps Road and Northfield Drive on the north side of Day Hill Road;
  • a sidewalk from NOrthfield Drive to the end of Old Day Hill; and
  • "small segments" for bus shelter pads and sidewalk connections.

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The project is identified as a "multi-year" project, and has been touted as an effort to make foot traffic safer for pedestrians and more accomodating to employees of the corporate area's businesses — some of the highest tax payers in town.

Council members also approved an extensive pavement rehabilitation project on Day Hill, carrying a $1.1 million price tag — $420,000 of which the town will be responsible for after receiving a federal refund.

According to town documents, the project includes rehabilitation of the east-bound lanes of the road from the driveway of ABB's former campus to just west of Prospect Hill Road.

Construction, town documents say, will not begin until after this summer.

A public hearing has been set for Feb. 4.

Michele Vannelli January 31, 2013 at 12:40 AM
OK, as resident taxpayers we know we're being squeezed by Fed, State & Local governments. We also know, on the local level, despite letters, petitions and speeches we are totally ignored. So, get out and vote and drag one of your non-voting but complaining neighbors to the polls with you. Impress upon them that historically voter turnout is low so the only way for things to change is to elect people who are interested in what we're interested in. Not what they FEEL WE SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN! No more horse trading. We need government officials with common sense and fiscal responsibility who can speak their minds without intimidation and not be forced to play political games per usual. Attend TC & TP&ZC mtgs. Yup, they don't listen but if enough folks keep showing up, they might get the hint their "seat" isn't secure and that's a start!
Windsor School Graduate January 31, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Michele and Bill: I remember when the town meetings were in the high school auditorium. When they no longer wanted to hear from you, they turned off the mics. Plus, most of this town are Democratic voters. My neighbors don't want to get involved with the meetings because no matter what you vote for, they win? This town has been like this for a very long time. Common sense flew out the door many years ago. This is their plan and nothing will stop them. AND, if you notice, it's always the same people on here???? Where are the rest!!!
Glen Fisher January 31, 2013 at 01:17 AM
@Bill...don't give up hope on the Dollar Tree town meeting, it is still going through the court process. The problem is they have the town's insurance law firm, the local land use lawyers that represented them during the town meetings, and Dollar Tree's corporate lawyers.
Catherine & Dennis January 31, 2013 at 01:24 AM
But they are spending hand over fist to make the area attractive huh? Even existing businesses need to look better for this new development Great Ponzie-the State gave them some more of our money to spruce up.
Bill Generous January 31, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Windsor School Graduate, nothing may stop those in charge from doing what they want. They have the voting block numbers to always be the ruling party unless just one of them has a bad day. They also work hard to implement their vision. But since turnout is historically low, maybe there is a small chance that not everything goes their way on every issue. Maybe things would change a little if they lost a few minor battles. Maybe not. But there needs to be a lot of the rest to find out. I don't think those in charge lack common sense. I just think they have been in charge so long and know there is no competition to do anything other than what they want.

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