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East Haven Water Main Installation Road Work Begins Oct. 10

The extensive construction needed to install the new water pipeline — which is expected to last one year — will limit traffic flow throughout the Mill Street and North High Street area.

Mill Street residents in Foxon will soon have a new Regional Water Authority water mainline serving the area after the installation of the pipe kicks off later this week.

The construction necessary to install the new line is scheduled to begin this Wednesday, Oct. 10, according to a large traffic sign recently placed at the intersection of Foxon Road and North High Street.

Road Work Begins

The road work will effect traffic flow along the entire length of Mill Street, as well as North High Street from the state rifle range down to the roadway's end at Route 80.

Traffic is expected to be reduced to one lane in the construction area from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily.

Construction will start on Mill Street and progress south to the Army National Guard Training Center. During the work, both Mill Street and North High Street will frequently experience alternating one-way traffic.

The project is expected to take about one year to complete.

Construction to Continue Daily

In addition, road crews will be using the farmer’s field on North High Street as a staging area.

Crews have already begun to place mounds of fill at the site, which will be stored there during the project.

According to the Mayor's Office, once the work begins it will continue daily until the winter weather prevents paving, and the work will then resume once again as weather permits in the spring.

More Flexible Water Supply

The RWA has noted the purpose of the new water mainline is "to provide a more flexible supply of water" to improve supply to residences, businesses and fire-fighting needs in the event of a water main failure or other catastrophic event in the area.

As part of the East Haven project, some 3,000 linear feet of water main will be installed along Mill Street, followed by 8,500 linear feet of pipe to be installed along North High Street (Route 100).

The project's estimated cost has been budgeted at $6.9 million.

JJ4 October 08, 2012 at 12:39 PM
A real year or their year? Which usually means when ever we feel like it could be 2 or 3 or 4
Rosie October 08, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Great time to start a project like this. Right before the winter and when school traffic is at it's worst. Did anybody ever think summer would have been a better time?
susan October 08, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Bunch of idiots who dont think things through...all the school busses....hello people! During the winter months...come on. Complain all we want.....they will do whatever they want. You're looking at least five years!!!
Richard Poulton October 08, 2012 at 02:00 PM
There is a saying in history "Remember the Alamo". In East Haven it's "Remember the Bridge".
Julie Weisberg (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Rosie: As mentioned in the post above, the road work reportedly will pause during the winter months, and then resume again when the weather starts to warm up in the spring. So, hopefully that will ease things up during the winter. But I agree, as someone who lives on Mill Street, this is going to be a traffic headache for months to come for Foxon residents and motorists in general. Hopefully the work will be done sooner rather than later.
John Mayhew October 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
This is the RWA working on RWA lines, so hopefully they will feel a certain sense of urgency to get the job done. I really don't think it matter what time of year they do this type of work, it would be an extreme inconvenience to Foxon residents regardless... it is the unfortunate geography of our town... only 1 main route to get from Foxon to downtown. And thinking back to the bad memories of the Maple Street bridge (I live just on the other side of it); has anyone else noticed that half of the construction equipment is still there? Once all the leaves drop, I will have the pleasure of looking at a huge crane out my front window. Why is all that equipment still there?
Danielle Marie Musco October 08, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I guess I'll be using laurel street to cut across town....
Ginger DeMatteo October 08, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I have wondered the same thing. My parents live right there and can also see construction equipment from their yard. This was just one screw up after another...still thanking April for that...
Ginger DeMatteo October 08, 2012 at 06:13 PM
As someone that lives right off of North High Street and works right off of North High Street, this is going to be a nightmare. Between school traffic, buses, oh boy...guess I will be going Grannis to Laurel and around, instead of a direct 5 minute drive...
Patrick Madley October 08, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Just to clarify, April has nothing to do with equipment being left on the construction site...it wasn't even a town project...
Michael A. Mongillo October 08, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Well, I guess we'll all have to go the longer way around during work times.... Just as long as we take it easy out there
Michelle Petroccio October 09, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Just an F.Y.I. TO ALL, the work has begun a day early to add to the problematic traffic that already occurs for North High and Mill Street residents. I am aware that it is less costly to do the construction during the daylight hours, but this is really ridiculous. Not only are these roads (especially North High St.) main links to the schools during peak hours, but there are signs posted to use alternate routes! There is no alternate route for residents of North High. Our school buses are being backed up and inconvenienced, and one of the main thoroughfares to and from East Haven High School, Joseph Melillo Middle School and East Haven Academy will now suffer along with the younger students who attend Deer Run and Ferarra Schools. What about the safety of the children boarding and unloading the school buses? They cannot walk up or down North High, the kids who live there are hindered in many ways where safety is involved. This was not a situation well thought out at all.

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