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Food Drive, DMV Limited Reopening, Upcoming Road Work

Posted on June 23, 2020 by admin


I want to take a moment to provide you with an update about a local food drive this Friday to benefit the Plainville Food Pantry, limited DMV reopening, and upcoming road work in our community.

State Senator Henri Martin and I will be hosting a social distancing food drive to support the Plainville Food Pantry and we hope that you will join us THIS FRIDAY, June 26, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Gnazzo’s Parking Lot, located at 73 East Street in Plainville.

There is no need to leave your car and we will all be practicing social distancing to ensure everyone’s safety.

Priority items needed include:

  • Canned soups
  • Ramen noodles
  • Pasta/Rice Pouches
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Canned Chicken/Tuna
  • Dish/Laundry Detergent
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Condiments
  • Cereal/Instant Oatmeal


The governor announced limited DMV in-person reopening beginning today

Services available in-person, by appointment only, include:

Licenses and Non-Driver ID Cards (new and renewal)

Out-of-State Transfers


  • All DMV in-person services now require an appointment. To schedule an appointment, click here
  • Select services are also accessible online
  • Drop-off services are available for select services (limited hours) at the DMV’s Danbury, New Britain, Norwich and Old Saybrook locations
  • Learner’s Permit Knowledge Testing is being done by appointment only at the DMV’s Cheshire (Wednesday – Friday) and Wethersfield (Tuesday – Friday) locations. All appointments will be confirmed or canceled by email. Be sure to check your email prior to heading to the DMV
  • Extensions provided for renewals of driver’s licenses, non-driver ID cards, vehicle registrations, emissions testing and other credentials, expiring between March 10 and July 31. For details, visit

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently announced they would extend previously-enacted 90-day extensions to a total of 180 days; Extensions apply to those DMV credentials with expiration dates between July 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020.

Late fees related to eligible expired credentials will also be waived during the extension.

Deadlines have been extended for:

  • Licenses, permits and identity cards
  • Boat registrations
  • Emissions testing and retesting
  • Permanent disability placard
  • Business licenses
  • Flashing light permits
  • School bus proficiency tests

Link to DMV appointments:

More information can be found at:


Milling and Resurfacing Project, Route 72 in Plainville

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that a milling and resurfacing project will be performed on Route 72 in PlainvilleThe project consists of milling and resurfacing a 2.94-mile segment of Route 72 from Route 372 (New Britain Avenue) to Route 372 (Forrestville Avenue). 

This project is scheduled to begin milling on Sunday, June 21, 2020 to Saturday, July 11, 2020. The resurfacing segment of this project is anticipated to begin on Monday, July 13, 2020 to Friday, August 14, 2020.  

No work will be performed the day before or after the July 4th holiday.


Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 72 from Route 372 (New Britain Avenue) to Route 372 (Forrestville Avenue). The regular work schedule for this project is 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Sunday – Thursday). Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the zone.

Detour Information:

Motorists looking to access New Britain Avenue (Route 372) will be detoured to Exit 1, taking a left onto North Washington Street (Route 177), a left onto West Main Street (Route 372), heading east, back towards New Britain Avenue (Route 372).

​​Motorists looking to access Exit 3 Woodford avenue will be detoured westerly along I-84 to exit 32, taking a left onto Queen Street (Route 10), and a right onto Woodford Avenue (Route 536).

As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about the state’s response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, or any other matter pertaining to state government.

Stay safe and healthy.


State Representative William A. Petit Jr.,