Rt. 6: What a Mess — Improvements Delayed Another Year

Rt. 6 Eastbound. Photo (c) Mike Uchalid

What was should have been a year-and-a-half-long project to widen Route 6 in Bristol and Farmington began on April 1 of 2017.

The state-run widening project for Route 6 was supposed to be finished last November and now will not be done until next November and the cost has increased from $13 million to closer to $20 million.

Officials say utility issues and fiber optic cable issues are contributing factors.

The city states “From Terryville to Farmington, Route 6 in Bristol has evolved organically over time into a major commercial corridor and arterial route in the City of Bristol. It is heavily traveled, and largely built out with disparate clusters of mostly commercial uses abutting residential neighborhoods.

As a major arterial roadway that carries both local and through traffic, it is a critical link to the downtown, while providing important access into Bristol’s neighborhoods as well as Farmington to the northeast and Plymouth to the southwest.

Many of the commercial complexes are aging and may be on the threshold of redevelopment. The question becomes how to encourage reinvestment in the corridor and at the same time encourage that redevelopment to be of a shape and form the community desires. All of this creates some challenges for today but also strong future opportunities.”

When the contractor is actively working, flaggers are alternating one-way traffic.

There are lane closures on all other road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday.

There will also be upgrades and modifications to the traffic signals also.

The nearly $12.9 million project, awarded to Empire Paving, which was hired to be complete the improvements by Nov. 30, 2018.

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