By Kassondra Granata
The construction for CTFastrak, the busway estimated to bring around 16,000 passengers per day between New Britain and Hartford, is still underway.
Back in November, Governor Dannel Malloy, Senator Joseph Lieberman, and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff held a press conference at CCSU. At the conference, Malloy signed a deal funding $275 million towards the busway’s production.
At the conference, Rogoff said that he was pleased that the project was now a reality, for it had been heavily debated in the past.
“This certainly is a great day for Connecticut, it’s a great day for jobs in Connecticut, it’s a great day for congestion relief on interstate 84,” said Rogoff last fall. “After years and years of study and debate, after years of engineering and design, we are finally here to commit the federal government to $275 million to the Hartford-New Britain bus line.”
According to the CT Fastrak Stage website, construction activities will continue this week at the Downtown New Britain Station at the intersection of Main Street and Columbus Boulevard. Work will also be taking place on the Truman Overpass, leading to traffic shifts and sidewalk closures. There will be roadside construction where CTFastrak crosses East Main Street and Smalley Street. That work will also require temporary lane closures. The contractor and utility companies will proceed working around East Street, Allen Street, and St. Claire Avenue.
In Newington roadside construction will commence on Fenn Road, which is north of the Cedar Street intersection. In Hartford and West Hartford, the contractor and utility companies will work along Flatbush Avenue and New Park Avenue. This work will also cause lane closures and other setbacks. In Hartford, parking lot construction will continue near Broad Street, Capitol Avenue and Flower Street.
The busway is projected to take only 20 minutes to transport commuters to their designated locations. The busway is also expected to increase travel speeds by 10 percent in jammed areas such as I-84. Malloy said that the project will create approximately 4,000 construction jobs, and an additional 100 jobs.
The CTFastrak website provides weekly updates on the status of the busway construction. Those interested can visit www.ctfastrak.com for notifications.