GUILFORD — The Board of Selectmen has unanimously approved a nearly $2.6 million bid for the reconstruction of Nut Plains Road.
The contract was awarded to DeRita and Sons Construction Company, based out of Middletown, Town Engineer Janice Plaziak said Monday.
“We put it out to bid mid-September,” Plaziak said, but Guilford’s original budget for the project came up about $1 million short after contingencies and incidentals were included in the bids.
The town ultimately had to ask for additional money from the state’s Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program, which is fully funding the project.
The project aims to improve safety in the Goose Lane and Nut Plains Road area, turning the intersection into a T-section versus the current angled connection Goose Lane has to Nut Plains Road.
“It’s still going to be a steep decline from Nut Plains to Goose Lane,” Plaziak said. “We’ve flattened it as much as we can. We’re doing the best we can to balance that out to make it as safe as possible. You’ll come down Nut Plains straight and come to a stop sign.”
Additional improvements will be made on Nut Plains Road, extending north from the Goose Lane intersection to North Madison Road.
“We’ll be rebuilding the road,” Plaziak said. “It will include an extensive amount of drainage being added. There really isn’t any drainage on the road. There’s a few cross culverts and ditches. The road is very flat. We’ll be adding about 40 catch basins to the road, thousands of feet of pipe and also rebuilding the pavement structure. It is a big project.”
The project is expected to start either in late winter or early spring, she said, depending on the weather.