CVS intersection: Utility work on Main Street to start this summer

The CVS intersection on Main Street has long been a quagmire for traffic engineers. —Macklin Reid photo
The CVS intersection on Main Street has long been a quagmire for traffic engineers. —Macklin Reid photo

Renovations of Main Street including the realignment of its intersection with Prospect Street are still on the state’s to-do list, with utility test holes expected to be dug this summer, more substantial utility work projected to be the next year, and the major construction about two years away.
“The project continues to move forward and we anticipate starting the bulk of the project during spring 2021,” said Charles Robbins, who is the town’s liaison to state Department of Transportation (DOT) on the Main Street work.
The main goal of the project is to make the CVS shopping center driveway and Prospect Street directly across from one another — allowing the traffic light there to drop what’s now an extra phase in its cycle, and be better coordinated with the lights at Catoonah Street and Governor Street.
Robbins said the DOT, the utility Eversource — which is doing most of the early work — and the town had recently confirmed the schedule.
This summer, Eversource will dig test holes to determine precisely where utilities lines are and plan for the work expected to begin in the spring and summer of 2020.
“The test holes will cause minimal interruption or additional congestion on Main Street and will be completed in a short time frame,” Robbins said.
In the spring and summer of 2020, Eversource plans to start relocating utilities and lines.
“The bulk of the effort will take place at the intersection of Prospect and Main streets based upon the realignment of the intersection,” Robbins said. “Eversource anticipates between one and two months to complete their work. They are willing to do most of the work during the summer (August), to mitigate any traffic delays.”
Major work on the project by the Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin during the spring of 2021 and be completed that fall.
“Efforts will be made to work at night and on weekends to expedite the schedule and shrink the overall time frame for the interruptions that will take place,” Robbins said.