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Road Paving Bond Of $1.6 Million To Fund 14 Projects

City Council approves allocation from 2011 bonding for improvements to New London streets

Fourteen streets in central and northern New London will be upgraded as part of the road paving projects approved for funding by the City Council on Monday.

Councilors voted 6-1 to approve $1.6 million for the projects. The funds will be taken from a $15 million bond issue approved in 2011, of which a $5,855,000 balance remains.

The streets to be paved and the projects' individual estimated costs are:

  • Oneco Street, $290,000
  • Nameaug Ave., $160,000
  • Bank Street from Shaw Street to the town line, $150,000
  • Deshon Street, $150,000
  • Coit Street, $120,000
  • Williams Street from Broad Street to Blackhall Street, $120,000
  • Farnsworth Street, $110,000
  • Lee Ave., $110,000
  • Walden Ave., $110,000
  • Crest Street, $100,000
  • Walker Street, $70,000
  • Buell Place, $50,000
  • Nathan Hale Street, $30,000
  • Saltonstall Street, $30,000

Councilor Adam Sprecace, who opposed the measure, said he would not be able to support it without knowing if the city would be facing renewed financial difficulties in the 2014 fiscal year. Finance Director Jeff Smith said there would be no principal or interest payments on the projects until the 2015 fiscal year.

“This is not going to affect next year’s budget because I’m not going to issue these bonds until probably next year,” he said.

Council President Michael Passero said there had been a focus on improving New London’s infrastructure when he first joined the Council in 2009, but that this effort has slowed in recent years. He said he did not want another construction season to pass without action on the paving appropriation.

“I would like to see us get back on track,” said Passero. “I think the Public Works director has identified some areas of the city that have been waiting patiently to have their infrastructure improved.”

Public Works Director Tim Hanser said the projects intend to address concentrated areas of the city. When Councilor Donald Macrino asked Hanser if it would be possible to slow down the pace of the projects to save on annual costs, Hanser said the city is already operating at a reduced rate. He said the city would ideally be spending about $4 million a year on road improvements.

“We still have to ramp it up a little bit,” he said.

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Kathleen Mitchell February 07, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Zak, Remember this and never forget it - "Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task." How about Feb 28?
Zak Leavy February 07, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Sounds great! Send me an e-mail so I don't forget since I'm not around my calendar at the moment.
Sue P. February 07, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Maybe Zak you could ask the Mayor to take a walk down some of these streets and let him talk some sense into the public works directer. If this city drops one dime into repaving and new side walks for Coit St. then that's just stupid. Maybe you guys got it all mixed up and the streets named are really the only good streets in New London. Something is soooooo wrong here. Kathleen after the storm get your camera ready I'll drive you around again and you can take pictures this time.
Sue P. February 08, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Zak could you talk to Tim Hansor for me. I think you probably could get better answers as to why he wants to repave and redo perfectly good streets when there are so many more in much more desperate need. I think you and the Mayor should really look at the streets on the list. There is nothing wrong with almost all of them. It's just another waste of tax payers money.
Suzanne Cattanach April 16, 2013 at 09:32 PM
There are very few streets in New London that are NOT in dire need of repairs. Our neighborhood has been in need of, paving and drainage and sidewalk repairs for over 20 years, but it wasn't UNTIL 13 years ago in May of 2000 that we finally started to get together as a loosely organized neighborhood association and ASK the city to please address our streets and sidewalks. Ed Steward was in charge of public works back then. It took this long. So if you want to single out the existence of 'gasp' a college professor living in a neighborhood near the college as some reason for it happening, go right ahead. We know better, we know that we have been making our case year after year for 13 years, and we know the conditions of our roads when it rains, and know how many of us have to park with wheels on the sidewalk because we can't get across the moats at the edge of the road, and that our yards are eroding and that the problems here have been documented for a long time. Nameaug Ave. is literally caving in at the edges, with chasms almost a foot deep that get some asphalt dumped into them when they repeatedly open up, it's been a huge accident waiting to happen that only luck so far has prevented Deshon doesn't have many houses that face it (hence only "two properties") but it is a highly traveled road and is the only public road in and out of the neighborhood of about 91 residences (single family homes and apartments); two school/day care centers and one shipyard. If begging for 13 years to I don't know how many public works directors and city councils is considered a political conspiracy, then we will have to plead guilty on that one and enjoy the heck out of our dry shoes.

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