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.