Route 31 Reconstruction for the Connecticut Department of Transportation
BSC Group prepared and submitted a semi-final roadway design addressing safety issues, providing a continuous sidewalk for the entire length of the project, solving longstanding drainage issues, and proposing areas for special gateway treatments to further enhance the aesthetics of the village in Coventry, CT. The reconstruction of Route 31 is ConnDOT’s Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) project under the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) CSS program. FHWA initiated the program to help State DOTs design new roads or reconstruct existing roads that are more sensitive to the environment or “context” they are in. This specific project involved significant streetscape improvements, intended to respect and enhance the unique historic district, such as new ornamental lighting; concrete sidewalks with a brick accent strips and textured crosswalks; ground covers; and street furniture.