Phase Two of Main Street work to begin
WINSTED — Phase Two of the public Main Street Enhancement Project, designed to revitalize sidewalks and medians in the downtown area, is expected to break ground this spring, according to Town Manager Dale Martin and members of the town’s Economic Development Commission.Landscaped center medians, lined with cherry trees, are the focal point of the Main Street Enhancement Project, which is designed to beautify the town and slow down traffic on Route 44. Martin said Tuesday that repaving and repointing of sidewalks, along with the extension of the downtown median, will go out to bid soon and that construction will begin this spring. The project will extend the medians and new sidewalks on both sides of the street, starting from where Phase One ended in 2003 and continuing the project west to High Street and east to Chestnut Street.Phase One of the project was designed by Meriden-based BL Companies, and construction work was completed by Bridgeport-based Waters Construction. Federal funds have been secured for 80 percent of the entire Main Street Enhancement Project, with the total cost of the three phases coming in at approximately $6 million. Twenty-percent matching funds for each scheduled phase of the project have been carried forward in the town’s annual budget each year since the project began more than a decade ago.