Advertisements

The Road to Somewhere: I’m Diggin The Dirt

Construction of new roads on former mall site

The Road to Somewhere is a series of articles that chronicle the redevelopment of the former mall site with the simple start of a road. 

Many people tell me it’s very suspicious the road construction on the former mall site is so close to this Year’s Citywide election.

Is it politically driven? I tell them: Of course, but I really don’t care if it is or not. I just want downtown revitalized whatever it takes.

Problem-driven political projects hold considerable promise to help development.

Many residents just care something is finally happening.

Speaking of finally. The road is progressing at lightning speed.

Construction of the road has already been extended to the Laurel Street entrance.

It’s amazing to see all the bulldozers, dump trucks, and all the big equipment most kids loved and had miniature toys of — including myself.

In addition to the road, and new entrance to the parking lot in front of the Police Department has been created and is almost complete.

On another note, when people see me they basically ask me “Why are you doing this road series?”

My reply:

Have you checked it out?

Do you go downtown?

Of course the answer is no.

Most of Bristol’s residents shop, eat, and treat on Rt. 6. Many live in sections of town that do not require them to go downtown.

While the road is beginning, we need people to begin. To begin pride in town. To begin faith in town. To begin living in Bristol with All Heart.

The new road will be about 1,000 feet long and contain many streetscape components including trees, brick pavers, a center median made of “stamped asphalt,” decorative lights, landscaping, granite curbing, and a bus stop location.

The road will match the current look of North Main and Main Streets. The City will also update the traffic signal at North Main Street and Laurel streets.

This Year Bristol Hospital purchasing a large portion of the former mall site.

The hospital plans to construct a 60,000 square foot two-story building that will house an Ambulatory Care Center.

The building is expected to employ dozens of medical professionals while servicing thousands of patients downtown.

I’ll end this edition of The Road to Somewhere with Kool & The Gang’s iconic Celebration!

Stay tuned for the next edition of The Road to Somewhere.

Advertisements

The Roundup is a popular magazine covering Connecticut news, Statewide news, National news, local events, commentary, and beyond!

 

The Roundup currently has over 5,700 subscriptions and a local social media following of over 95,000 readers across multiple social media sites, apps, pages, and groups.

 

The Roundup is also a proud member of WordPress. This affiliation offers readers more news from FOX 61 and CBS Connecticut on The Roundup.

Latest Stories From Roundup Partner : FOX 61

Hot Tuesday with rising humidity; Tracking storms for Wednesday

Hot Tuesday with rising humidity; Tracking storms for Wednesday

If you love summer, this forecast will be your cup of tea with rising heat and humidity sticking around into next week. Today will be another very warm/hot day with partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 80s-near 90 degrees. While the humidity will rise a little bit, it still won’t be too steamy out there. Wednesday is a different story, however. The humidity will surge as moisture from once tropical storm Barry moves in. That moisture will also […]

Fairfield County business owners pitch in to help in the search for Jennifer Dulos

Fairfield County business owners pitch in to help in the search for Jennifer Dulos

NEW CANAAN — When Sky Mercede, a New Canaan resident and Norwalk business owner, learned about Jennifer Dulos, the New Canaan missing mother of five, he said he had to do something. “I didn’t even know her but I’m trying to help,” Mercede said. Mercede taped a “missing person” flier in the window of his business, Forever Sweet Bakery, in Norwalk. Then he started to distribute fliers to some of his neighbors and friends. “It affected me, it affected my […]

Art meets the chainsaw in Southington

Art meets the chainsaw in Southington

SOUTHINGTON – The sawdust has yet to settle, and it won’t anytime soon in Jared Welcome’s world. Welcome is one of the few chainsaw carvers in the state and travels Connecticut putting his indelible touch on downed trees. “I do this because I have a passion for it,” said Welcome, who works as a teacher in an area correctional institution. Working at a house where Eversource was forced to cut down a tree that threatened power lines, Welcome was about […]

PD: 4 arrested in connection to fight at Ocean Beach Park in New London

PD: 4 arrested in connection to fight at Ocean Beach Park in New London

Story written by: Julia Matter  NEW LONDON —  Police said four people were arrested after a fight broke out at Ocean Beach Park Sunday evening. New London Police Department said they responded to Ocean Beach Park around 6:54 p.m., following a report of a physical disturbance. Police said when they arrived, officers came into contact with multiple individuals involved in the incident. Pepper spray was used by officers to gain control of the situation, according to New London Police. Police […]

Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.