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. 

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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