BETHEL -- One side calls it semantics. The other side calls it misinformation.
The complications and delays on the reconstruction of Walnut Hill Bridge and how it's been presented have become a lightning rod in the first selectman's race.Democratic two-term incumbent First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker called the project a state project, which needed state approval for steps along the way to qualify for state and federal funds.But Republicans are pounding Knickerbocker, saying he is the one in charge and has botched the project. They say he misrepresented the bridge reconstruction as a state project.The bridge, which crosses the Lime Kiln Brook on Walnut Hill Road and is an important artery that Bethel residents use to reach Interstate 84 and Route 6, is supposed to be done by Dec. 1. Despite unforseen engineering delays, the contractors said the goal will be to make the bridge passable -- if not finished -- before winter. Republican first selectman candidateWill Duff has signs around town saying "Fix the bridge, elect Will Duff."
Demolition begin for new Boys & Girls Club
BRISTOL — A century-old Gaylord Street house came tumbling down Wednesday to make way for the Bristol Boys & Girls Club’s new $11 million facility.Workers from Tabacco & Sons, a city-based contractor, razed the house to finish clearing the property so construction of the building can get under way. The company donated its services.Michael Suchopar, the club’s director, said he was happy to see the work progressing. He said the large section of the fenced-off property that faces West Street will be the front of the new facility, slated to open by Labor Day. The area behind it, along Gaylord Street, will be used for parking and a bus dropoff.The three-story house, built in 1900, crumbled like matchsticks as a large payloader ripped it to pieces starting just before noon.
Wallingford schools face roof work delays
WALLINGFORD — The roofing project at Parker Farms School is being delayed because of problems with the materials, according to Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Marc Deptula.
Contractors were working through the summer to complete the second phase of the school system’s roofing project, which includes installing new roofs at six schools: Moses Y. Beach, Rock Hill, Pond Hill, Cook Hill, Parker Farms and Highland. It also included completed sections of Sheehan and Lyman Hall high schools. Deptula told the school board Monday night that after discovering a problem with the glue holding pieces of the roof together at Parker Farms, contractors had to tear apart portions of the roof and reapply the glue, which led to a delay. At that time, Deptula believed the project would be finished by October. However, in addition to the problems they had to address, the contractors have been limited to working on weekends on areas of the roof over classrooms, Deptula said.