Work to close road


PROSPECT — A stretch of Salem Road in Prospect, which turns into May Street in Naugatuck, will be closed for work beginning next week.

The road will be closed from Spring Road in Prospect to Maple Hill Road in Naugatuck starting on Monday so the Connecticut Water Company can install a new 8-inch water main along that street, Prospect Mayor Robert Chatfield said.

Chatfield said the company will have to dig a hole in the street approximately 15 feet wide by 15 feet deep in order to put the water main under the twin 42-inch pipes already in place. This work will make the road completely impassable, he said.

The work is expected to continue through Thursday, Chatfield said.

Chatfield said the Naugatuck Fire Department will be the first responders to the Southbridge Drive section of Prospect since the street will be difficult for the Prospect firefighters to reach in a direct and timely way when the work starts.

Once the work begins there will be signs and police officers from the Prospect Police Department to direct traffic, Chatfield said.

In addition to the road work on Salem Road, milling will also begin on Monday along Straitsville Road, Salem Road, Scott Road, Columbia Avenue and Matthew Street in Prospect.

Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming of Southbury, who won the bid to do the work late last month, will mill the roads down an inch and a half, Chatfield said.

The work, which begins at 7 a.m. on Monday is expected to be finished by Friday, Chatfield said. The repaving of the roads is expected to begin shortly after the milling is complete.

During the milling process the roads being worked on will become one-lane roads, Chatfield said.

The asphalt the company mills off the roads will be delivered to Hotchkiss Field, where it will be melted down and turned into the parking lot for the new baseball diamond, Chatfield said.