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Saugatuck Island Bridge construction in full swing, pricing still a point of contention 05/26/2017

WESTPORT — The project to replace the 88-year-old Saugatuck Island Bridge is going well and set to be completed by Aug. 15.Rob Corroon, a member of the Saugatuck Island special taxing district board, said the project is running smoothly.“Everything’s going very well,” Corroon said. “It’s a pleasure to work with the town of Westport. The folks in public works are the best of the best. The bridge is moving along and they don’t seem to be having any major issues.”Residents were inconvenienced the week of May 12 when there was a temporary power outage for two hours to accommodate the switch from permanent electricity to mobile generators. The mobile generator — a needed feature while construction if ongoing — caused some disruption because of how loud it was when operating, but was tolerable, according to Corroon.The cost of the $2.6 million steel replacement bridge is half funded by a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, secured due to damage Hurricane Sandy caus

Natural gas likely in New Canaan by 2018\ 05/25/2017

NEW CANAAN — After 10 years of talk, the first natural gas lines may be in New Canaan by summer 2018.As conversations between Eversource and town officials continue, it was announced the expected route for a pipeline into town — along Hillcrest Road and Springwater and Adams lanes — has changed.According to First Selectman Robert Mallozzi III, Eversource is now eyeing Route 106 as the preferred route into town.“We’re still talking with them. Their first foray into town is just going to be getting into the schools. It’s not until they get here that they’ll do their outreach and figure out how many customers they have,” Mallozzi said.In time, Mallozzi said Eversource has indicated they hope to spread into New Canaan, beyond the 4.7 miles of pipe that is planned to be laid beginning at the border line with Stamford on Route 106 and across Farm Road, where it will connect with New Canaan High School, Saxe Middle School, South School, Waveny Care Center and the New Canaan YM

Work progressing on Queen Street plaza in Southington 05/24/2017

SOUTHINGTON — Workers have started on the foundation for an Aldi supermarket on Queen Street as part of a larger development that may mean the demolition of several nearby buildings.The grocery store will sit farthest back from the road while a Chipotle Mexican Grill and Chick-fil-A will be built closer to Queen Street.The property is owned by local developer John Senese. He bought several parcels, including a shuttered Chinese restaurant and a former 7-Eleven, for the plaza. The developer also cleaned up pollution caused by a metal plating company on the site. Senese couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday. Senese rezoned nearby homes on Upson Drive for a driveway to his plaza. In the past two weeks, trees and brush have been cleared near homes, according to Pete Benzi, who has rented a house on Upson Drive from Senese since November. Whether or not his home will be demolished is “up in the air,” Benzi said. He was told that the house next door at 4 Upson Drive will be razed.