Roundabout Construction Status Updates (shown in reverse chronological order):
NEW: October 10, 2017: Roundabout is Open!
As of last Friday, October 6th, the Hebron Ave. / New London Tpke. roundabout officially opened to traffic. Subsequent finish/aesthetic work , such as center and splitter island landscaping will continue over the next couple of weeks. While this work may require intermittent detours and closures of short duration, no major prolonged impact on traffic flow is anticipated.
The Town appreciates the patience demonstrated by merchants and the traveling public during this difficult construction period. In collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, a meeting was held on October 5th to answer any lingering questions from the business community. Town Manager, Richard J. Johnson, and Town Engineer, Dan Pennington were present to answer questions of attendees and the Q and A discussion was documented here for public reference. We will continue to publish updates as they become available.
October 2, 2017: Roundabout Anticipated Open Date is Friday, Oct. 6th
The roundabout construction is nearly complete! Road paving operations within the Hebron Ave/New London Tpke roundabout project limits will commence on Thursday October 5th, weather permitting. Operations during normal daytime work hours will be confined to work zone areas that are currently closed to traffic.
Important Dates & Road Closures:
- Starting at 7:00PM on October 5th, and continuing until about 1:00AM on October 6th, the entire Hebron Ave./New London Tpke. intersection will be CLOSED to thru-traffic. Detours will be posted as applicable. Work will consist of night paving and top course asphalt placement within the project limits on ALL road approaches.
- Friday, October 6th, the roundabout is slated to be OPEN and operational. Subsequent finish work, such as center and splitter island landscaping, may require intermittent detours and closures of short duration, but will not have any major prolonged impact on traffic flow.
As always, businesses will be open and accessible during this period. The Town appreciates the patience demonstrated by merchants and the traveling public during this difficult construction period. We will continue to publish updates as they become available.
August 29, 2017 Update (See closure and detour maps below)
Beginning the week of August 28th, the following road openings and closures will be in place:
Street CLOSURES (see road closure and detour maps below)
- BOTH Hebron Ave lanes within the project limits WEST of the roundabout will be CLOSED. More specifically, the closures begin roughly around the Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins retail plaza and continue to the New London Turnpike Intersection. (Businesses will remain open during construction!)
- Southbound New London Turnpike lanes will also be CLOSED to through traffic
- Both lanes on the EAST leg of Hebron Avenue are now open
- The Northbound side of New London Turnpike is Now OPEN
The maps below depict the road closures and detour travel paths. Please note, this is the final phase of this project and the Town is projecting a completion date within the next 4-6 weeks. As always, this timeline is subject to change as weather and other factors may influence work. Following the road completion, landscaping and other additional work may require short term detours, however they will not have a sustained impact on traffic operations. As a reminder, ALL businesses will remain open throughout the construction. Please help us support our business community by using the marked detours (additional reference maps below) and continue to patron your favorite local businesses.
The following map depicts the road closures beginning the week of August 28th and continuing for the duration of the 4-6 week project.
If traveling EAST on Hebron Avenue, road closure begins near Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins plaza. Vehicles CANNOT enter the roundabout, nor travel EAST beyond this point. See detour map below.
If traveling WEST on Hebron Avenue, road closure begins at the roundabout (New London Tpke Intersection). To detour, take the FIRST roundabout exit and travel NORTH on New London Tpke. Continue to Welles Street towards Main St.
If traveling SOUTH on New London Tpke., (coming from Welles), road closure begins at the intersection of New London Tpke. and Hebron Ave (before the roundabout) and extends down to Santander Bank. See detour map below.
Detour Map: To travel from Main Street to Hebron Avenue EASTBOUND
(E.g. towards Route 2/ RTE 84/ RTE 91)
- Traveling NORTH OR SOUTH on Main Street, Turn onto Rankin Road.
- At the end of the street, turn LEFT onto New London Turnpike
- At the roundabout, take first exit to continue EAST on Hebron Avenue.
Detour Map: To Travel WEST on Hebron Ave towards Main Street:
- Travel WEST on Hebron Avenue
- Enter roundabout and take first RIGHT onto New London Turnpike.
- Turn LEFT onto Welles Street.
- Follow Welles down to the intersection of Welles and Main Street
- Turn LEFT on Main back towards Hebron Avenue
August 25, 2017 Update
Roundabout Construction-Related Lane Closures will be modified during the week of August 28. Both lanes on the east leg of Hebron Avenue will be reopened to traffic along with the northbound New London Turnpike lanes. New lane closures will include both Hebron Avenue lanes within the project limits west of the Hebron Avenue/New London Turnpike intersection. In addition, the southbound New London Turnpike lanes will also be closed to through traffic while northbound New London Turnpike lanes will function normally. All businesses within the closure area will remain open and accessible.
Completion of this construction phase will constitute substantial operational completion of the project as a whole. Subsequent finish work such as landscaping may require short term detours but will not have a sustained impact on traffic operations. A detour route map associated with the above-described lane closures can be viewed below:
July 28, 2017 Update
Roundabout construction-related lane closures have been expanded from those noted in the June 19th update below to include the northbound lane of New London Turnpike between Rankin Road and Hebron Avenue. All businesses located with this section of roadway remain open and accessible as is the case throughout the entire construction zone. The northbound lane of New London Turnpike will be closed to through traffic but open to local traffic, while the southbound lane between the same two intersections will function normally.
The additional lane closure will allow for much of the center island work to proceed and will provide a second work area for crews, thus facilitating a more expeditious overall completion of the project.
June 19, 2017 Update - DETOUR MAP REVISED JULY 28, 2017
Upcoming closure of Hebron Ave between New London Tpke. and Concord St.
Roadway reconstruction for the north leg of New London Turnpike is almost complete. Work during the week of June 19th will include the installation of remaining concrete sidewalk, brick paver cross walk, and paving this portion of New London Turnpike. Final restoration of this work area, including seeding and plantings, will be done during the allowable planting season in August or September.
During the week of June 26th construction will shift to the east leg of the intersection which will require the CLOSURE of Hebron Avenue between New London Turnpike and Concord Street for approximately 4 weeks. A signed detour will be in place for Hebron Avenue traffic utilizing Sycamore Street and New London Turnpike. Click here to view of map of the signed detour route.
Please note that all businesses within, and adjacent to, the project limits will remain OPEN during construction and vehicular access to those businesses will be maintained at all times. As always, the Town appreciates the patience of the motoring public.
May 8, 2017
Anticipated completion of overhead and underground utility relocation will allow advancement to the next construction stage. This next phase will consist of simultaneous removal of the existing traffic signal equipment and establishment of the counterclockwise traffic circulation characteristic of a modern roundabout. The traffic flow pattern will be temporarily guided using a combination of lighted traffic drums, large cones, and flexible delineators secured to the pavement. Temporary pedestrian crossing points will be created on all four intersection approaches, at locations coincident with the final locations.
This transition will take place largely during the overnight hours and will continue into the following morning until the desired circulation pattern is safely established. The intersection will remain open to traffic during this event and will operate in a temporary 4-way stop mode while work progresses through the night. Police Officers will be present to direct traffic as necessary during this period. The exact date for this operation will be weather dependent, however, a target date of May 10 has been identified at this juncture.
Once the roundabout circulation pattern is in place, work will begin on each individual intersection approach. Work to construct raised splitter islands, storm drainage, granite curb installation etc. will only take place on one approach at a time. The north leg of New London Turnpike will be the first section addressed. With the exception of business drive access, traffic within the project limits of this section will be prohibited while work moves forward. A 3-4 week closure period is expected effective Monday, May 15th. Detour signage will be in place to guide motorists around the affected area. Click here to view a map of the detour which will be in place.
Please note that all businesses within, and adjacent to, the project limits will remain OPEN during construction and vehicular access to those businesses will be maintained at all times.
As always, the Town appreciates the patience of the motoring public.
April 20, 2017
Contractor operations to date have focused on road widening at all four corners of the intersection in order to accommodate the physical footprint of the roundabout. Efforts thus far have been primarily confined to areas behind the existing curb lines in addition to extensive utility relocation both overhead and underground. Although most operations are taking place off road, the need to provide working space for trucks and heavy equipment will result in traffic delays.
Once corner widening is complete, a date will be selected for simultaneous removal of the existing traffic signal equipment and establishment of the counter clockwise traffic circulation characteristic of a modern roundabout. The traffic flow pattern will be temporarily guided using a combination of lighted traffic drums, large cones, and flexible delineators secured to the pavement. Temporary pedestrian crossing points will be created at locations coincident with the final locations. This transition will take place largely during the overnight hours on the selected date and will continue into the following morning until the desired circulation pattern is safely established. Police Officers will be present to direct traffic as necessary during this period. The exact date for this operation will be weather dependent, however, a target date of April 27 has been identified at this juncture.
Subsequent work requiring road closures and associated detour patterns will be detailed in future updates. It is important to note that all businesses within and adjacent to the project limits will remain OPEN during construction and that vehicular access to those businesses will be maintained at all times.
As always, the Town appreciates the patience of the motoring public as we work to improve our community.
Posted March 31, 2017:
The Glastonbury Physical Services would like to advise motorists that roundabout construction at the intersection of Hebron Ave. and New London Tpke will begin the week of April 3, 2017. All motorists in this area should expect delays.
The initial phase of this project includes removal of vegetation, utility relocation, temporary relocation of the traffic signal equipment, and widening of all four corners of the intersection as necessary to support the circulatory roadway of the roundabout. The initial phase will be conducted with shoulder and lane closures as necessary to complete this work, although no detours are expected during this phase. Phase 1 will conclude with removal of the existing traffic signal and the circular roundabout type of vehicular progression will be established.
Phase 2, expected to start in the latter part of April, will include temporary closure of a 200 foot section of New London Turnpike on the north side of Hebron Avenue for reconstruction of this approach. Traffic will follow a signed detour around this area using Welles Street, Main Street, and Hebron Avenue. Access to businesses and driveways in the project area will be maintained at all times.
If you have questions regarding this work, please contact the Glastonbury Department of Physical Services at (860) 652-7736. Thank you for your patience as we work to make our roadways and community more efficient for our residents, visitors, and businesses.
Overview of Hebron Avenue/New London Turnpike Roundabout
The Town intends to pursue construction of the Hebron Avenue/New London Turnpike roundabout in early spring of this year. While every effort will be made to minimize motorist delay and inconvenience during the construction process, impacts to traffic congestion levels are inevitable. A general description of the construction phasing is outlined below. This information may be helpful in guiding motorist expectations during the approximately four-month contract length.
Stage 1: Construction will primarily consist of temporary road widening on all intersection approaches, (East & West bound on Hebron Avenue & North and South bound on New London Turnpike), to allow for subsequent phase traffic flow. The existing traffic signal will continue to operate during this phase.
Stage 2: The existing traffic signal equipment will be removed and standard roundabout flow will be established using reflective traffic drums with barricade warning lights and delineators to guide motorists through the intersection.
Stages 3 – 6: Each intersectional approach will be closed consecutively to allow construction within that confined area. Only one approach will be closed at a time and appropriate detours will be signed accordingly. Please note that all business driveway access will be maintained at all times and that businesses will remain open.
Stage 7: Construction of the roundabout center island will occur during this phase.
The Town will provide regular updates from the point of initial construction and throughout each phase to keep the community informed and to minimize impact. Citizens can visit this page, accessible via www.glastonbury-ct.gov/roundabout, to view the most up-to-date information regarding project progress. Your patience and understanding during this difficult period is requested. Once completed, the Town is confident that the roundabout will provide great improvements to traffic flow in the Town Center, as well as operational and aesthetic benefits in the area.
For tips on safe roundabout usage and the "rules of the road", please click here.
Residents with additional questions are urged to contact Daniel Pennington, at (860) 652-7736.