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Residents Call for Safer Roads

A number of Windsor residents attended Tuesday's town council meeting to support an effort to makeover Prospect Hill Road.

A few million dollars isn't a concerning price tag when it comes to securing safety, residents told town council members Tuesday when they showed considerable support for the renovation of Prospect Hill Road.

Several residents addressed members of the Windsor town council during a public hearing Tuesday, saying the road just isn't safe enough for pedestrians and drivers.

"I can't count the number of times I've had to swerve to avoid people walking in roadways," said resident Bill Corcoran. "I've also had the experience of cars coming perilously close to me while I was walking the road."

Corcoran was one of a handful of residents who described the travel of Prospect Hill Road as a dangerous affair.

In addition to advocating the imrovement of safety on the road, resident Drew Seifried said he also supported the project due to the shape of the roadway.

"The road is in terrible shape," he said. "I can't tell you ho many people, especially kids, walking it."

According to town documents, the project includes repaving and and widening the Prospect Hill Road from its intersection with Poquonock Avenue to its intersection with West Street.

The road will be widened to include two 11-foot travel lanes, 3-foot wide shoulders, new curbs, drainage improvements and sidewalks on the northside of the road.

Construction costs for the project could set the town back more than $4 million, town documents, but a 90-percent reimbursment provided by federal and state funds decreases that price tag dramatically.

Town documents say the project will cost the town $450,000.

Jennifer Coe February 20, 2013 at 01:42 PM
I couldn't agree more.
Al Simon February 20, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Julian- The actually cost for this project to the Town of Windsor is only $450,000, only about 10% of the total cost. This is due to state and federal money for this project. Please correct.
Elliot Sirota February 20, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I can't wait until it will be remodeled.
Albert Williams February 20, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Nice way to camouflage it, but it’s still 100% funded by everyone that PAYS taxes.
John Kelling February 20, 2013 at 11:34 PM
The improvement is definitely needed. It would be nice to fit in a bike lane also.
Bill Generous February 21, 2013 at 05:33 AM
Is Prospect Hill Rd., from West St. on going in the opposite direction of these improvements considered safe? Are there plans to improve more of Prospect Hill Rd.?
Al Simon February 21, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Bill- the project was originally to go to Harvest Lane, but was cut back due to cost. As a state run project (we are not managing it, just contributing our 10% portion), the estimates were much higher that we would have had--lots more "contingency" in them. A $4-5 million road project is a very big hit for a town our size without substantial state or federal money to help.
Bill Generous February 21, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Al, Thank you for the explanation. Hope that those that drive on the updated safer section, don't let their guard down on the other sections.
Tim Curtis February 21, 2013 at 07:50 PM
I walk Prospect a couple of times a week, from Poquonock to Lochview, before heading into the side streets. The stretch from Harvest to Lang Road is very welcoming. Not much road to share elsewhere. I support town efforts to encourage/promote a healthier lifestyle for residents--walking, jogging, biking. Particularly on a road that heads toward Northwest Park.

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