Category Archives: Busway

UPDATED: I-84 On-Ramp To Close Temporarily

by Categorized: Busway, Construction, Traffic Date:

A heads-up to late-night drivers who use the I-84 westbound on-ramp on Capitol Avenue: The state Department of Transportation plans to close it temporarily during the overnight hours of Monday and Tuesday next week.

UPDATE: DOT says the closure is now scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 28.

According to the department, “the closure is required for the safe removal of an existing railroad bridge over the on-ramp, in connection with the construction of CTfastrak,” or the Hartford-to-New Britain busway. 

The closure will occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. both nights. Drivers will be detoured to the I-84 entrance off Asylum S.

Triangle Project Public Meeting

by Categorized: Busway, Construction, Development, Events, Neighborhoods, Parks Date:

A public meeting will be held July 24 to provide information on the Bushnell Park North Section of the Intermodal Triangle Project, part of the iQuilt partnership.

Design for this section of the project, located along the park’s northern boundary between Pulaski Circle and Asylum Street, has been completed, city officials said.

The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St. (in the Center for Contemporary Culture). Residents, business owners, commuters and anyone else interested “are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to discuss this project,” officials said in a prepared statement. For additional information, contact Jeffrey Cormier at 860-757-9043 or cormj001@hartford.gov.

To read more on the triangle project, click here, here, here and here.

Here’s an image of the section (provided by the city):

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Mayor Visits Businesses Along Capitol Avenue Friday

by Categorized: Business, Busway, Neighborhoods, Pedro Segarra Date:

Mayor Pedro Segarra stopped in to several businesses along Capitol Avenue Friday morning to talk  about the city’s decision not to oppose the closure of Flower Street to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, officials in his office said.

Residents of the Asylum Hill and Frog Hollow neighborhoods say the CTfastrak busway is splitting the city and hurting businesses by shutting off Flower Street, a north-south connector between the insurance office buildings on Farmington Avenue and the merchants of Capitol Avenue. They had been counting on Segarra to fight the state’s plans to cut off pedestrian and bike traffic and expressed frustration when he abandoned the battle earlier this week. Motor vehicle traffic has been blocked off on Flower Street since December.

Mayor Pedro Segarra meets with local business owner Virginia Iacobucci Friday. Photo courtesy of the mayor's office.

Mayor Pedro Segarra meets with local business owner Virginia Iacobucci Friday. Photo courtesy of the mayor’s office.

Several residents and business owners said Thursday that city leadership owed them an explanation for why it pulled out of the fight. They apparently got some answers on Friday.

“He acknowledged that it wasn’t handled very well,” said Virginia Iacobucci, who owns the La Paloma Sabanera coffeehouse on Capitol Avenue. “He said he’s very mindful of how it’s going to affect us, the businesses, here on Capitol. He said previous [Hartford] mayors have been criticized for not working more closely with the state, and he had to make a comprise somewhere. He did promise me that the businesses here can meet with [city Development Director] Thom Deller to see how we can at least minimize the damage done by closing Flower Street.  We’re supposed to meet sometime in coming week or two.”

“I felt better that he came by,” she added.

The state department of transportation has insisted that it had studied every possible way of getting pedestrians through the busway crossing at Flower Street, but couldn’t come up with a safe and affordable answer.

Wedged between the Aetna property and the Hartford Courant’s building, the right of way for Amtrak and the busway is too narrow for a traditional crossing like one that will exist less than 2 miles away, where the busway crosses Hamilton Street.

Mayor Pedro Segarra meets with business owners along Capitol Avenue Friday. Photo courtesy of the mayor's office.

Mayor Pedro Segarra meets with business owners along Capitol Avenue Friday. Photo courtesy of the mayor’s office.

A stream of buses and trains will pass through the Flower Street crossing every day, and there’s no practical way to install crossing gates as well as a safety island for pedestrians, the DOT said.

A decision on the closure of Flower Street will likely be issued by May 20, officials said. The DOT has said it wants to close Flower Street access for a month this spring during construction, and then shut it down altogether in the fall.

 

Flower Street Closed To Traffic For Busway

by Categorized: Busway, Neighborhoods Date:

Time to get used to detours. After a delay Monday, the state Department of Transportation permanently shut down Flower Street Tuesday to vehicular traffic as part of construction for the $567 million CTfastrak busway.

Pedestrians and bicyclists can still access the road, but as Don Stacom wrote last week, they might occasionally encounter brief closures as construction crews build a busway crossing along the Amtrak rail line, between the Asylum Hill and Frog Hollow neighborhoods.

It appears that rush-hour traffic for the nearby I-84 on-ramp, off Broad Street, will truly be backed up for the foreseeable future. Courant reporters can attest to that — our building is right in the thick of all this heavy machinery.

Flower Street closed to through traffic Tuesday as construction continues for the New Britain-to-Hartford busway. Photo by Vanessa de la Torre.