As the state department of transportation (DOT) starts work on the CTfastrak (formerly known as the New Britain to Hartford Busway Project) resident concerns grow. There are a number of ways you can gain information or contact officials to find out exactly what is going on.
The DOT has invited the public to sign up for weekly updates via email at www.ctfastrak.com. You can also email related questions to DOT.BuswayConstruction@ct.gov or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can call the project construction office in West Hartford with concerns at 860-231-0461 or call the City of New Britain at 860-612-1617.
If you get a weekly update information it will tell you what roads will be impacted in what City. For instance, this week in New Britain construction activities continued at the proposed Downtown New Britain Station as well as along the overpass. The contractors and utility companies also worked along the vicinity of East St., Allen St. and St. Claire Ave. driving piles as well as roadside construction activities. This work required some lane closings.
Other activity occurred in West Hartford and Hartford as well as on Route 9 and 72.
This update is available every Friday for the next week.
“We have a link on our website even though it is a DOT project,” said Patricia Kirkwood, acting city engineer. “The first step is to contact DOT.”
If there are concerns the DOT is not addressing call the City.
Kirkwood said right now there is a lot of clearing and grubbing going on in the project.
She said there has not been a lot of negative feedback over the construction. Most concerns have been about Fairview Cemetery.
“I think the contractor has been very meticulous about his clearing operation because the DOT property is right next to a number of graves,” said Kirkwood. “They have done a very good job of maintaining a neat working atmosphere there.”
The CTfastrak has 19 Hartford Express bus routes, 37 Hartford local routes, 12 New Britain/Bristol local routes, 28 Waterbury local routes, Amtrak rail service and a Waterbury branch line.
There are 11 landscaped transit stations and a five mile multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists.
The project is still on track to be completed in 2014.