Roundabout Construction Status Updates (shown in reverse chronological order):
NEW! 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.