Repaving project to repair Route 1 in Stonington

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It may seem like deja vu but it really is happening again.  

A little more than two and a half miles of Route 1 in Stonington is being milled and paved… well actually repaved.

“I couldn’t believe they were starting over again because it’s a real tie up,” said Joell Kunath of Stonington. “You know this like the only road back and forth.”

Many drivers had noticed the newly paved road early in the summer was anything but a smooth ride.

“It was bumpy,” said Kunath. “It was bumpy and also there was seam down the center of either side.”

The Department of Transportation says that seam which still can be seen on parts of the road may not have been aesthetically pleasing but it wasn’t the reason for the repaving. It was the washboard effect which brought American Industries of Jewett City back to the shoreline to makes things right.

“It was a little bit bumpy,” said Barbara Zimmerman of Stonington. “Well maybe a little bit more than a little bit.”

The original project cost the state $870,000.

“I just can’t believe they spent all that money and not have it done right the first time,” said Kunath.

The repair work won’t cost taxpayers any more money and it won’t tie up traffic for as long as the original paving did in June.

While the original project took several weeks, the repair is expected to be complete within the week and workers waited until now so it wouldn’t disrupt anymore summer traffic.

“It has not been a problem,” said one Mystic driver sitting in traffic on Thursday.

The delays are only expected to last until Tuesday weather permitting.

“I am glad,” said the driver. “I’m glad it’s not costing us any money.”

The DOT says it is rare to have a project need fixing like this.

“Just didn’t seem right at all,” said Zimmerman.

But soon it should be.

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