Posted on August 15, 2018 by admin
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a milling and resurfacing project will be performed on Route 30 in South Windsor, beginning Monday, August 20, 2018.
The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 3.95 mile segment of Route 30 in South Windsor. The milling portion of this project is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 20, 2018 to Friday, August 31, 2018. The resurfacing segment of this project is anticipated to begin on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 to Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
LANE CLOSURE INFO
Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 30 in South Windsor from US Route 5 to Route 194. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday). Work will begin on the first day of milling and paving at 5:00 a.m.
Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.
Posted on August 14, 2018 by admin
With the start of school just around the corner, I wanted to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.
This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.
Additionally, new and used college textbooks are exempt from the state 6.35 percent sales tax for students who present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.
Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.
Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.
Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:
Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.
Posted on July 30, 2018 by admin
The Department of Transportation handed over concrete samples from the Potter School Road Bridge to a state legislator on Thursday following criticism that it wasn’t going to test at least two area structures for the mineral causing foundations to crumble.
Rep. Thomas Delnicki, R-South Windsor, said he is taking the samples from the Willington bridge that goes over Interstate 84 to Lyle Wray, executive director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments, in order for CRCOG to test for pyrrhotite.
Wray and Delnicki requested the state test concrete from bridges that are being replaced in Willington and Coventry, but DOT officials declined to test the material, saying they are confident it does not contain pyrrhotite.
In a June 15 letter to Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker, Delnicki questioned why the state wasn’t doing more, choosing to rely on its belief that the material is safe.
Redeker responded to Delnicki in a July 5 letter, explaining that the department sought input from its various experts, who are confident concrete used on state projects is high quality.
“Please be assured the Department of Transportation takes the pyrrhotite issue very seriously and did not intend to downplay the possibility of pyrrhotite related damage to our structures,” Redeker wrote. “I also want to assure you that the department has the safety of the public as a top priority in all engineering and business decisions, and, to be clear, it is the department’s determination that there is no public safety issue with the state’s transportation infrastructure due to pyrrhotite.”
Redeker told Delnicki that the DOT performed a field inspection of the Potter School Road Bridge and was able to visually determine that the aggregate used in the concrete was “trap rock,” which is typically sourced from quarries in central Connecticut.
“Trap rock is a high quality aggregate and is used extensively in concrete construction,” Redeker said. “We have not experienced any pyrrhotite in our Connecticut quarried trap rock formations.”
He added that the Willington quarry linked to crumbling foundations does not produce trap rock.
To ease Delnicki’s concerns, the DOT provided samples from various parts of the Potter School Road Bridge to be tested.
“I’m glad the Department of Transportation responded to my request for core samples on the bridge in question,” Delnicki said. “I think it’s paramount that any time we’re doing any work like that, we actually take stock of whether we can conceivably have contaminated concrete, especially in the northeastern part of the state.”
Delnicki said he expects results from CRCOG soon, but is not sure when they will be available.