The City of Norwalk has begun its annual street paving program in various parts of the City. This week, work started in the area of Nolan Street. This year, Norwalk expects to pave nearly 12 centerlane miles. The City is investing $6.8 million into paving, concrete curbs, and sidewalks this season.
“Paving and investing in infrastructure has long been a priority of my administration. The condition of our roads is one of the most important quality of life issues for our residents. No one wants streets that are full of potholes or crumbling due to neglect,” said Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling. “We work carefully to inventory, assess, and create a paving schedule to help ensure all of our roads are taken care of in a timely fashion. This strategic process also helps us plan curbing and sidewalk installations and repairs to make Norwalk more navigable for motorists, bikers, and pedestrians.”
The paving process is two-fold. First, the top layers of asphalt are removed, in a process called milling, which creates a grooved surface. During milling, residents are advised to drive slowly, as there may be drops of two inches in front of driveways. After milling, paving takes place almost immediately after. Cars cannot be on the street during this time, and parked vehicles that interfere with construction will be towed at the owner’s expense. Letters to residents and property owners in the first paving areas were sent last week, with notices continuing throughout the summer.
“We want to make sure the public is aware of when work will be starting and where the crews will be so they can plan ahead. We do not want anyone to feel surprised that road work is happening in their neighborhood,” said Anthony Carr, Chief of Operations and Public Works with the City of Norwalk.
Paving contractor Deering Construction, Inc. will be performing work between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. Inclement weather can cause delays. Residents are asked to notify the Norwalk Customer Service Center with any issues. They can be reached at (203) 854-3200 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents may also use a computer or the smartphone app Click and Request to submit information to Customer Service.
For more information on the City’s paving program, including a five-year forecast, visit norwalkct.org/paving.