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Road Construction and COVID updates

Posted on
June 2, 2021
Town Hall
Update on Route 219/318 construction east of Saville Dam
CONNDOT began milling the road surface on the upper portion of Route 219 yesterday. Unfortunately, they found that the pavement was only a few inches thick in places, so they have to rebuild about 300 feet of the road to full depth. They will be installing 12’ of granular subbase with 7” of pavement on top to meet the proposed grade. This will take approximately 2 days. They are hoping to finish milling on Friday and then plan to pave next week.
Milling and Resurfacing Project, RT 20 Winchester/ Barkhamsted/Hartland from RT 8 to 0.20 North of Hogback Rd.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a milling and resurfacing project will be performed on RT 20 in the Town(s) of Winchester, Barkhamsted & Hartland.  The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 3.22-mile segment of RT  8. Milling is scheduled to occur on Thursday June 10, 2021 and be completed on Monday June 14, 2021. Resurfacing is scheduled to occur on Thursday June 17, 2021 and be completed on Monday June 28, 2021. 
DOT will paint stripes on the crosswalks in Riverton, and in parallel with that, the Town is working with paving contractors to restore the red brick look to those crosswalks.  However, due to contractor backlogs, that probably won’t take place until the fall.
Motorists can expect delays and one lane alternating traffic.  Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. (Monday through Friday). Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.  Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity. 
COVID Vaccinations
The good news is that the number of new cases in town has been decreasing quite steadily over the last few weeks.  Also, as of last week, 52.2% of our total population had been fully vaccinated and 59.9% had had at least their first injection.  However, when you look at those who are eligible (ages 15-64, not counting the 12-15 year-olds), 60.6% have had their first shot and 68.5% are fully vaccinated.  The best news is that the most susceptible part of the population, those folks over 65, are 100% vaccinated.  I sincerely hope that the trends continue upward and that the town’s residents protect themselves and those around them, especially those who are not eligible to receive the vaccine either due to age or underlying conditions.