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Main Street Paving Not Quite Finished In New Canaan

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The new sidewalks are done, but the paving of New Canaan’s Main Street is not quite finished yet.

Paving at the southern end of the town’s main thoroughfare must still be completed from Harrison Avenue to Farm Road, New Canaan Public Works Director Mike Pastore said. The department is waiting for AT&T to move some of its poles, he said.

“We’re looking at about three weeks,” Pastore said earlier this week. “Once they’re out of the way, we’ll pave over the road.” There is a noticeable difference between the paved portions of the street after the rougher, unfinished pavement begins at Harrison Avenue.

The resurfacing of Main Street was part of the long-discussed and debated sidewalk installation project, which added sidewalks on the street to Farm Road. Several residents wanted sidewalks to make it safer for people to walk to the downtown area and to the schools in the area of Farm Road and South Avenue. Opponents said the sidewalks were not necessary and would make Main Street smaller and more difficult for drivers.

Main Street was paved from Cherry Street to Lakeview Cemetery before the Memorial Day Parade.

Pastore said he has heard mostly positive reviews of the sidewalk installation. “People are happy with it,” he said.

About seven to eight other areas in town have sidewalks in need of repairs, he said.

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