December 1, 2021

Chester Selectmen Seek Engineering Firm for First Phase of Main Street Project

CHESTER— The board of selectmen is seeking proposals from engineering firms for design of the initial phase of the Main Street Project, a reconstruction of Main Street from the entrance to Laurel Hill Cemetery east to the intersection with Route 154. The deadline for submitting proposals is Aug. 15

First Selectman Edmund Meehan said the volunteer Main Street Committee, which is coordinating the long-planned project, recommended proceeding with the initial, eastern, phase immediately after voters approved a long-range plan for the project at a July 23 town meeting. The full project calls for a complete reconstruction of Main Street in the downtown village, including improvements to two parking lots. But subsequent phases of the project would not begin until after the state Department of Transportation completes a replacement of the Main Street bridge in 2016.

Meehan said the engineering firm would be asked to complete bid-ready plans for reconstruction of the eastern segment of Main Street, including a detailed cost estimate. He said a firm could be hired by October, with the design plan to be completed by the end of the year.

Meehan said the project could be put out to bid by March, with construction to be underway during the spring and summer of 2014. The town currently has about $800,000 in hand for the project through a combination of town funds and state grant funds. Meehan said an expenditure of funds for the “Main Street East” project would require approval from voters at a town meeting.