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State highway project to begin in North Canaan in July

NORTH CANAAN — After 20 years of planning and waiting, the state highway project to reconfigure the intersection of Routes 44 and 7 in North Canaan and extend sidewalks will get underway in early July, according to First Selectman Charles Perotti, who met with state Department of Transportation officials on Wednesday, June 24.

“It’s finally going to happen,” Perotti said on Thursday, June 25.

The tentative date for the start of work is Monday, July 6, subject to change. NJR Construction of Torrington was awarded the state contract for the roadwork. The early stages of construction will not disrupt traffic, Perotti said. The project will start with drainage work.

When the Housatonic Railroad Company begins work on the track crossing, traffic will suffer some disruption, but that is further on in the project, Perotti said.

The selectmen will hear an update on the project at their next meeting on Monday, July 6, to be convened remotely via Zoom.

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