Portion of Strickland Road faces closure

New construction work is headed to Strickland Road in Cos Cob even as the project there remains ongoing.

At its June 27 meeting, the Board of Selectmen gave a unanimous approval to a temporary closure and detour for a portion of Strickland Road for sewer rehabilitation work. The project is intended to give new life to the existing pipeline under the road without having to actually install new pipes. Instead, a cured-in-place liner is inserted into the existing sanitary sewer pipe. This process allows for the pipeline to be essentially restored, allowing for what the town called “many years of service life” without having to disrupt the neighborhood through further construction and road excavation.

“It’s trench-less technology so you can basically get a new pipeline when you’re done without having to dig up the road,” Richard Feminella, the town’s waste water manager, said at the meeting.

The closure will be in effect starting Monday, July 15 and will be over once the project is finished, a process that is expected to take days. An excavation would have ended up causing a far greater and more time-consuming disruption Mr. Feminella said.

The closure will impact the area of Strickland from where it intersects with Loughlin Avenue to where it intersects with River Road. It’s estimated that it will take between five and six work days to complete the project and Mr. Feminella said they would be “extremely long days” with a start at 7 a.m. and 15 to 18 hours of work needed because of the complicated nature of the project since a bypass is needed. He said five to six hours alone will be needed to secure the area to allow work to proceed.

“We’re going to do this as expeditiously as possible and get out of there,” Mr. Feminella said.

He said the closure is necessary in order for the work to be done safely. Strickland Road is a narrow road with a curve on it so, because of the number of vehicles needed to be deployed, it was best for there to be a closure. Police officers will be assigned to this section to allow residents in and out of their homes. Mr. Feminella added that there isn’t expected to be a lot of noise from the project, save for the vehicles coming and going, but his department is consulting with the town’s Health Department to obtain a noise ordinance waiver.

An existing construction project is underway on Strickland Road requiring police presence there to direct traffic due to the winding nature of the road. There is only one lane of travel open now and its alternating directions of traffic flow, causing delays. This project is part of an overall effort in town on sewer line maintenance. The two projects are not expected to impact each other.

“It just so happens that this one piece happens to fall in the same geographic area,” Mr. Feminella said.

Advance warning signs were set to begin going up on July 1 and Mr. Feminella said additional public notices will follow with mailings going to impacted residents.

Officially the vote granting the closure was two in favor with no opposition. Selectman Drew Marzullo was not present for the vote, but had earlier indicated his support.


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