Road Improvement Design for Sylvan Lake Road and Falls Avenue
Weston & Sampson is responsible for the design of road improvements to about one-half mile of Sylvan Lake Road and Falls Avenue. There will be improvements to the horizontal and vertical alignments to provide a uniform road width, center the road in the right of way and improve sight distance. The intersection of Sylvan Lake and Falls will also be re-aligned to improve the intersection sight distance and provide better traffic movements.
As a part of this project the Sylvan Lake Road and Falls Avenue bridges over Turkey Brook will be replaced. The existing crossings are pipe culverts and there is extensive flooding in the area. The hydraulic openings will be improved and the new bridge will be Geosynthietic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System, which is an innovative system that is gaining popularity for its lower cost and faster construction time using readily available materials and equipment. This system also eliminates the joint between the road and the bridge removing the bump commonly felt.
Pedestrians and bicycles will also be accommodated with this design. A sidewalk will be construction for the entire length of the project on the west side of the road, servicing the park at the south end. The road will have five foot wide shoulders on both sides for bicyclists. In addition, new illumination, signing and drainage will be included in the project as well as the relocation of the sewer main running underneath the bridge.
This project is being funded under the Connecticut Department of Transportation LOTCIP program and has an estimated construction cost of $5.0 million of road and infrastructure improvements. Weston & Sampson assisted the Town in preparing the LOTCIP application.