Route 57 work in Weston could be done by December

Traffic woes in Weston may clear up sooner than projected according to Route 57 project engineer James Zaharevich.

Zaharevich met with First Selectman Nina Daniel on Monday, June 5 and said the project could possibly be done by Dec. 1, ahead of the originally projected Summer 2018 timeline.

“We’re optimistic it will be done well before Summer 2018,” said Zaharevich. “Dec. 1 is the best case scenario.”

If the project is completed by Dec. 1, the road will be paved and back to four lanes by the start of winter. Zaharevich said the only other work to be done would be landscaping the area in the spring.

According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), the work being done is a $3.3-million state-funded project to place two new culverts under the road to allow water from Kettle Creek to flow in a more efficient manner.

Work at the current site will likely wrap in “six to seven weeks,” but the process must be repeated entirely at another site north of the current construction location. The second site is located closer to Timber Mill Lane.

According to Zaharevich, much of the delay in the first phase of the project was due to Eversource ducts under the street, near River Road, that needed to be supported. He said they have already checked to see if the same ducts near Timber Mill Lane needed support.

But, he said, precautions have already been done near Timber Mill Lane so there won’t be a similar delay.

Zaharevich said they were surprised by the condition of the ducts when the project got underway.

“They were installed at least 30 years ago,” he said, adding that wires under the road in the ducts were formerly wrapped in an asbestos casing that hasn’t been used in “a long time.”

Ultimately, Zaharevich said he doesn’t expect any delays with the Timber Mill Road site and he anticipates a fast pace when that phase begins.

Reservoir Run

Weston’s half-marathon, the Reservoir Run, leads runners directly up Route 57. Last year, due to construction, the run had to be redirected. This year, according to Zaharevich, the DOT will create a lane for runners so the race can go back to its original course.

The race, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29 and will begin at 8:30 a.m.

“We can definitely make accommodations for runners,” Zaharevich said. “We won’t be 100% done with the project by that time but we can create a lane.”

He said the DOT will leave a six-foot space on the side of the road and will move the concrete barriers to better accommodate runners.

“We need a minimum of 12 feet for each lane for cars,” he said. “We can move the concrete barriers to the side and give runners at least six feet.”

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