Weather permitting, town officials anticipate a sidewalk reconstruction project on Main Street in Collinsville should be finished in approximately a week.
On Aug. 21, work on the began on a $37,000 project that includes the walks in front of the Valley House, much of the south side of Main Street between Front Street and The Green and the west side of River Street between Main and North streets, town officials said. The flagstone walks in front of Carol & Co. will remain, officials said.
Also completed was some of the sidewalk on the west side of River Street.
The funds have been in the town’s capital projects funding for a couple of years now and come from the state’s Office of Policy and Management’s Local Capital Improvement Program (LoCIP), Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner said.
The town is also part of a Capital Region Council of Government program in which the organization helps the town come up with cost estimates and then puts them out to competitive bid, allowing the town to move forward if it chooses.
The general contractor for this project is Millennium Builders, Inc. of Rocky Hill.
So far, the town is pleased with the work, said Jeff Shea, the town’s project administrator.
“The contractor’s been very responsive,” he said, adding that the CRCOG program helps ease the town’s administrative burden.
The project was initially slated to happen last fall but a different contractor pulled out of the job, First Selectman Richard Barlow said.
“Clearly we recognized that Collinsville is great but could use a facelift,” Barlow said.
As it turns out, the sidewalk project is being done when the Farmington Valley Stage Company prepares for its debut later this month and business owners are preparing to open new restaurants on Main and River streets.
The town is also refurbishing the first-floor restrooms at town hall. That project, anticipated at $47,125, also comes out of the LoCIP funding. In addition, the first-floor carpet in town hall will be redone soon.
The town is also preparing to pursue a potential grant with Connecticut Main Street Center's Main Street Investment Fund Program.
“We’ve reached the point where it’s logical to do that,” Barlow said.