HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Transportation will be repairing retaining walls along Route 42.
State Rep. Len Greene (R-105) announced this week the DOT finished an inspection of the walls along the northbound side of Route 42 between Route 8 and the downtown area and determined they must be permanently repaired or replaced entirely.
According to a release issued by Greene’s office, Greene was concerned with the appearance and condition of the walls and contacted state officials to inspect the walls and the fill material behind them.
The result of those inspections indicated more structural deterioration than expected, the release stated.
“I applaud the DOT for working quickly to determine the extent of repairs needed to address this safety issue,” Greene said, in the release. “Making sure the roadways across Connecticut are safe is no small undertaking and I appreciate the DOT’s consideration with the maintenance of these retaining walls. Route 42 is the main road through Beacon Falls and keeping it open and safe is vital for both residents and businesses.”
According to the release, DOT officials determined it would not be cost-effective to do any intermediate repairs on the walls. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2012. DOT officials are expected continue monitoring the condition of the walls and make any repairs that are necessary to insure the walls remain stable the repairs are done, the release stated.