Category: transportation

Sparks from the Stadium: Six Months In

By , December 9, 2014 11:30 am

Street Closure

Monday night, City Council adopted three resolutions that would change three streets in Hartford, entirely to accommodate the planned baseball stadium. Councilperson Deutsch and MacDonald were the only to vote “no” on all three of these items.

What does this mean for Downtown North?

The width of Pleasant Street will be reduced by five feet for a stretch of 850 feet.

The section of Trumbull Street between Market and Main will be moved 85 feet south.

Windsor Street, between Trumbull and Pleasant, will be closed off. That’s not just during construction — that’s permanent. Seen as one of the safer north-south routes for cyclists, this closure will create some inconvenience for bicycle commuters and other street users.

Nearby Ann Uccello Street became a cul-de-sac in 2013, as did Flower Street (Asylum Hill and Frog Hollow) last year. The latter was closed for reasons related to the CTfastrak; the former, apparently, happened with little fanfare. The closed segment of Ann Uccello Street is in the general Downtown North area. Continue reading 'Sparks from the Stadium: Six Months In'»

First Transit-Oriented Development Along Busway Completed

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By , December 6, 2014 9:00 am

Don’t get too attached. The new residents are moving in today. Continue reading 'First Transit-Oriented Development Along Busway Completed'»

Identifying Lanes

By , November 13, 2014 12:53 pm

The highly visible green lanes on Broad Street have just gotten more paint, this time to identify how they should be used.

November 2014 Events

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By , October 26, 2014 7:09 pm

November 1

  • Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society today, 9-5. If you have not checked out Pablo Delano’s Hartford Seen exhibit, there’s no time like now. Hartford Prints! will be running a family arts & crafts program from 10-1. CHS is located at One Elizabeth Street.
  • That squealing off in the distance? That’s another person finding out about the The Cats-in-Residence-Program, which opens today at Real Art Ways. Art. Cats. Cats you can adopt and take home with you. The reception is from 5-7 p.m.
  • Dia de los Muertos fiesta at The Dirt Salon: Day of the Dead costume contest, burlesque by Beat City Beauties, live music from Carlos Hernandez Chavez, and more. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. You must be 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink. Starts at 9p.m., goes into the wee hours of morn. The Dirt Salon is at 50 Bartholomew Avenue.

November 2

  • Connecticut Veterans Parade starts at 12:30, at the corner of Buckingham and Washington Streets.  This year’s grand marshals include Retired Master Sergeant Frank Alvarado of East Haven, Major Linda Cunha of Newington, Retired Staff Sergeant Chandler J. Howard of Farmington, Retired Sergeant Samuel Jacobellis of Danbury, and Retired Brigadier General (CT) Daniel J. McHale of Avon. The parade route includes Trinity Street through the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, Ford Street, Pearl Street, Main Street, Capitol Avenue, and ending on Hudson Street. Before the parade, there is a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, beginning at 11:30.
  • The Hartt Trombone Ensemble presents its first concert of the 2014-2015 Season, “Hartt Trombone Philharmonic: Symphonic Works for Trombones.” This begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford.

November 3

  • CSS/CON (Coalition to Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood) meets at CREC, 111 Charter Oak Avenue at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Upper Albany Revitalization Zone Organization meets in the Albany Branch Library at 6 p.m.
  • Do you live or work in Asylum Hill, or just care about it? Come to an Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association meeting today, 6:15 p.m. The group meets at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue.
  • Learn to Solder class is offered by MakeHartford. Participants will learn to solder electronic components to a printed circuit board while assembling and testing a small electronic project kit. The finished project is useful for the further study of electronics and is the participant’s to keep. Instruction will include workbench safety. All tools and materials will be provided. Eye protection is required; if you do not have safety glasses, they may be purchased for an additional $4.00. $35 per class. MakeHartford is located at 30 Arbor Street, #B7. Ages: Teen/Adult.
  • Sea Tea Improv’s 2-Prov Performance class students will perform two-person improv comedy based on audience suggestions. Tickets are $5 for this event which starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra plays every Monday at the Arch Street Tavern, starting at 8 p.m. No cover.
  • Spend Mondays enjoying live jazz at Black-eyed Sally’s from 8-11 p.m. $5 cover. 350 Asylum Street Continue reading 'November 2014 Events'»

Heaven Week: Commitment

By , October 24, 2014 7:38 am

 When the Friends of Heaven Skatepark recently told members of City Council that they wanted assurance that the Downtown North development, including the stadium, would not infringe on the existing park, they received no promises. When the artistic rendering eliminating the skatepark was called into question by the group, someone from the City implied the group was fussing for no reason, that this was merely an artistic rendering and that elected and appointed officials are not looking for ways to sanitize this space in hopes of sparking development. Continue reading 'Heaven Week: Commitment'»

Halloween and Day of the Dead Events

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By , October 15, 2014 6:40 pm

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This Weekend: All the Detours!

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By , October 9, 2014 1:12 pm

Photo from the 2013 Hartford Marathon

Saturday is the Hartford Marathon — exciting for those who love running, confusing for those who are unprepared for potential road closures. The Hartford Marathon Foundation has provided some estimates for times when streets will be closed; they re-open as runners pass through, and police may allow access if/when there are gaps in the race. The HMF suggests using the Sisson Avenue exit for coming into Hartford.

Your best bet? Walk or use your bicycle on Saturday if you are navigating Hartford in the morning or early afternoon.

Some streets have already shut down:

  • Trinity Street between Ford and Elm
  • Trinity Street from Elm to Capitol

These streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic beginning at 12:01 a.m. on October 11:

  • Capitol Avenue between Oak and Hudson
  • Lafayette Street between Capitol and Russ
  • Clinton Street

These streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7:30-2 on October 11:

Another Fail in Flower Street Mitigation Efforts

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By , October 8, 2014 10:08 am

Planters remain wrapped in plastic months after being dropped off along a pathway that runs east-west from Flower Street to Broad Street, under the I-84 viaduct. Vegetation, arranged haphazardly, peeking out from beneath the elevated highway.

Originally, Mayor Segarra had supported the fight to keep the city street open to thru-traffic, but later stepped aside when the State pressed. During discussions between the Connecticut Department of Transportation and constituents, the State agency promised a number of measures would be taken to soften the blow of the closure of this north-south street. Residents and business owners were told that a linear park type of space would be created, complete with benches and native plantings. Continue reading 'Another Fail in Flower Street Mitigation Efforts'»

First Green Lanes Underway for Hartford

By , October 5, 2014 2:24 pm

More than one year ago, Real Hartford reported that there were plans to paint green bike lanes on the section of Broad Street between Capitol Avenue and Farmington Avenue. Temporary striping for lanes and bike boxes occurred last November. Continue reading 'First Green Lanes Underway for Hartford'»

Temporary Closure of Broad Street This Weekend

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By , October 1, 2014 5:08 pm

Broad Street between Capitol Avenue and Farmington Avenue will be closed to through traffic from 6 on Saturday morning until 5 on Monday morning for work related to the CTfastrak project. This work is to include the restriping of lanes, including bicycle lanes and boxes.

Pedestrian access will be maintained during this time. The Legislative Office Building and garage will only be accessible from Capitol Avenue during construction.

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