Let the Paving Begin

The Hamden Legislative Council recently approved several million dollars to go toward paving town roads and reconstructing sidewalks during the current fiscal year


It almost didn't happen, but at the last moment the Legislative Council approved allocating $3.5 million in capital funds for road repaving, reconstruction and sidewalk improvement for this fiscal year.

The money was part of the larger capital budget but was pulled out as a separate item on the council's monthly agenda. But the item was tabled and the meeting was about the be ajourned without it being brought up again.

But literally within seconds of the meeting ajourning, Councilman Austin Cesare made a motion to bring the item off the table and the council unanimously voted to approve the spending without any discussion.

Chief Administrative Officer Curt Balzano Leng said there isn't yet a list of roads that would be paved. That list is now being compiled, he said.

To get any paving done this year, the money needed to be approved as soon as possible because the asphalt plants close for the winter around Thanksgiving unless the weather remains unseasonably warm.

With the funds, the town will repave more roads this fiscal year than it has in at least the last 10 years, Leng said.

The town also has undertaken an ambitious sidewalk replacement program that will be expanded using some of the approved funds. 

Linda C September 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Let's hope it isn't the same company who did similar sidewalk work last summer, who according to the Mayor's office (was using up a Federal Grant). They came into the neighborhoods, no warning to home owners. They went down the street with a can of spray paint X ing out the sidewalk squares that a HAMDEN TOWN EMPLOYEE determined were warn down or uneven. People returned home from work to find sections of their sidewalks and driveways missing, leaving 4 inch dips. Completion after 2 weeks, leaving a street of patchwork sidewalks. Some homeowners couldn't deal with the shabby look and ended up paying to have their entire walk redone. Five inch gaps of grass missing, on which a handful of seed was thrown, on to on their way out of the area. A year later, the squares around the replaced ones have cracks and chips, wearing out causing a bigger hazard than originally existed. As a Homeowner I was always informed that the sidewalk upkeep was the HOMEOWNERS responsibility. When has that changed? They Company Hired was an ASPHALT COMPANY, who had NO EXPERIENCE WITH CEMENT!!!!! - The company's owners SON told me they SUBCONTRACTED the cement work out to a few gentlemen from Bridgeport. The subcontractors were told to use ONLY certain amount cement, (inches per square) - No re-barb, just tossed onto the loose dirt and chunks broken up by the Asphalt company and previously rained on. Tax payers when they come to your area, please keep in mind - YOU GET WHAT YOUR PAY FOR!!
LINDA September 11, 2012 at 01:08 PM
A very popular walk, and run area daliy is the sidewalks on Lane Street and Circular Ave. They need to be fixed before anybody falls and sues the town. Also cut back of brush that blocks the sidewalks on Circular by the bridge.
Bamma C. September 11, 2012 at 02:18 PM
It's election year!!!!!
Ann Criscuolo Pari September 11, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Harrison Drive has not been repaved in decades. The town finally filled in the gaping hole on the hill but left cracks, crumbled tar and sand showing through some of the sections. There is grass growing through the cracks in the road!
RPSmith September 11, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Its fall and its time to Pave for Votes in Hamden! Will roads be paved based on need or in the neighborhoods with the squeakiest wheels where votes need to be secured?
Mike September 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Is there a way to request a street to be paved?
Dave September 11, 2012 at 06:34 PM
@Bamma C, What does a federal election have to do with sidewalks?
Thomas Alegi September 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Some time ago, a comprehensive list and long-term strategy was developed, by Mayor Jackson and the council, regarding which roads and sidewalks would be repair in Hamden? Does anyone recall this list; it was developed a few months before the last town election, by the mayor’s office. Now in 2012, the mayor and the council do not know what roads or sidewalks will be repaired, interesting to say the less.
John Roach September 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Is Knoll Drive still at the top of the list from last year, if there is such a list? Caved in storm drains filled with dirt are useless and cause damaging flooding in the area.I have photographed the existing conditions and sent them to Mayor Jackson. I also spoke to him regarding this problem and was told that the road hasn't been paved for over fifty years. Calling the Mayor's office is useless because he is always out. The Highway Department Director does not make the decision as to which roads will be serviced, so figure it out. This road is beyond repaving and needs to be reconstructed. I understand an influential member of the Legislative Council lives in this area so that might be of help. The very least might be to plant a good grade of grass in the cracks to kind of hold the pieces of asphalt together. The 9th district needs representation than what we get now...like Westwoods for instance.
Debbie September 11, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Lets see action and soon... the roads are a disaster in Hamden.
Thomas Alegi September 12, 2012 at 01:11 AM
John Roach, you implied your street was paved 50 years ago, that would make the year 1962; they did good paving work 50 years ago, for your street surface to last this long. The town is lucky if the re-surfacing (paving) work done today lasts 3 years.
Peggy September 12, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Wintergreen Ave. - starting at Brook St. - up to New Haven line is absolutely a mess! Small sinkholes and crumbled paving make for very hazardous driving and walking. The road has been patched several times, and those patches are crumbling, making the holes even larger. Hodder drive was paved, - with not as much traffic as Wintergreen. Why??? You tell me! Also the bridges need to be removed of the poison ivy and weeds that grow on top of those bridges. Can't see cars coming around corners when exiting from driveways. PLEASE take care of this ASAP!!
John Roach September 12, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Hi Thomas, This area was built up during the Fifties and I grant you that people knew then how to build roads. What really bothers me about Hamden is that nobody has seen the need to develop a long range road maintenance plan. It is ridiculous to have the highway director and mayor drive around town each September looking to see how many miles of road can be fixed for whatever amount of money might be left in the "budget". Plan the work ahead of time and come up with a figure that can be put into the budget each year. Put a stop to the political interference that occurs each year, especially during election years. Just watch what happens during the next two weeks!
Thomas Alegi September 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM
John Roach, I would agree with you that Hamden politics, dictate pave roads for votes. In the old days, those votes would be called “steamroller votes”; in today’s world, those votes are called “political corruption.” Good luck in getting your road paved of repaired
Kim Wright September 12, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Mather st, where there are side walks, they don't slope down to the road and it is very hazardous when walking with a stroller, etc. Also the area on Mather St near the lake could really use a sidewalk. There is one before and after but not near the lake. I know this will most likely never happen but it would be nice since so many people walk, run in this area. Many people like to bird watch and see the swans that return each spring but with the traffic and the speed of the traffic it is very dangerous. Would be nice though!
Debbie September 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Hamden has a public works department?
LINDA December 04, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I agree totally about Lane and Circular. I run and ride a bike in that area all the time I pass a lot of people using that area and I am surprise nobody has been hurt yet. But it is coming. That area needs to be taken care of. The sqaure route of Gilbert to Lane to Benham to Circular is a very popular walk and run route. I have almost turned my ankle on cracks several times. You need to walk in the road by the bridges on circular doo to the over growth. Sidewalks there haven't been seen in years. It will cost the town a lot more when they are sued over it.


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