Bristol Announces Roadway Pulverizing

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The City of Bristol’s Department of Public Works is scheduled to reconstruct New Hampshire Drive, Lexington Street, East Road (from Wolcott to Greystone), Rockwell Avenue and Graham Street starting on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

The work will consist of reclaiming (pulverizing) the existing roadway pavement and installing a new bituminous roadway surface and curbing. The work is being performed due to the deteriorated condition of the roadway surface. The existing horizontal and vertical alignment of the road will not be substantially altered. The sequence and scope of work will consist of the following: 

Paint marks will appear on the roadway indicating location of existing public utilities within the project area. Residents with sprinkler heads located between the curb and front of concrete walk are advised to remove them from the area or contact the City Engineering Division to ensure that they will not be disturbed.

  1. City contractor will remove curbs if needed.

  2. The contractor hired by the City will reclaim (pulverize) the existing roadway surface. The process crushed the existing pavement. The roadway surface will be passable and access to properties will be provided. Dust from the roadway surface may occur, however water will be applied to the surface to reduce its impact. Please note that the pulverizing equipment does cause vibration and residents are advised to relocate items within their house that may fall due to vibrations. The City reclaims roads on a yearly basis and damage associated with vibrations are extremely rare, however residents are advised to safeguard valuable items.

4. The contractor will regrade and reshape the roadway surface. The roadway will be excavated (lowered) by approximately 8 inches during construction in order to install a roadway base of reclaimed pavement or new process stone. During this period access to driveways may be temporarily reduced during daytime hours.

  1. Mailboxes may be temporarily disturbed; however they will be reset to maintain delivery of mail. If mail is not delivered please contact the City immediately to resolve the issue. 6. Once the roadway base (crushed stone) is established (graded/shaped and compacted) the 

first layer of asphalt will be installed on the roadway surface. 7. New curbing will be installed on the initial pavement layer if needed. 8. New driveway aprons (pavement between edge of road and front of walk) may be 

installed. A driveway apron will be constructed with a lip of 1.5 inches from the final course of pavement; therefore the driveway will have a 3 inch lip until the final course of pavement is installed. To reduce the 3 inch lip temporary pavement ramp and/or boards will be installed. 9. The lawn areas disturbed during construction will be loamed and seeded. Property 

owners are encouraged to water the areas to promote growth of grass. 10. Property owners with lawn sprinklers located within the City’s roadway right of

way (along the road) shall notify the City prior to the start of work and shall remove sprinklers from the project work area (1.5 feet behind curbing/edge of road). Please note that the City is not responsible for the damage of sprinklers in the referenced area. 11. The final course of asphalt will be applied approximately within 4 weeks after the initial course of pavement. 

Once work commences it will take approximately 4 weeks to complete the majority of the work through the first layer of pavement (i.e. not including final course of pavement) 

The road will remain open during construction, however residents are encouraged to take alternate routes to avoid delays. Access to residential properties will be maintained throughout construction. 

Additional notification will be forthcoming if there are revisions to the proposed project scope or schedule. On behalf of the City, I apologize for any inconvenience this project may cause and would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

Have questions? Contact Nancy Levesque, P.E. in the City Engineering Department at 860-584- 6125 with any questions or concerns.


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