DOT presents its Route 69, 72 intersection improvement plan

The Connecticut Department of Transportation presented its State Routes 69 and 72 intersection improvement plan before the Bristol Board of Public Works Thursday, a project slated to cost around $7,700,000. Project Designer Jared Hendrickson introduced concerns with the current intersection’s layout by saying the intersection of Landry, Park and Divinity streets were in close proximity to the intersection of Divinity, West and School streets, thus causing traffic congestion and delays. As a result of roadway realignment, four buildings will be demolished northwest of the intersection to allow the roadway curvature to be softened and alignment shifted. Another will be demolished as an extension is created to Pratt Street from Route 72 West with a left turn lane added. A four-way stop will be implemented where the extension, Divinity and Pratt streets meet. Final plan designs are slated for completion April 6. The design will be completed May 18 and the project awarded to a construction firm in September. Around 80% of the project’s funding comes from federal dollars while 20% comes from the state.

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