The state Department of Transportation is drawing heat from some Danbury officials over the pace of the North Street expansion project.
City Councilman Warren Levy was frustrated with the state's performance. He contacted the traffic control engineer and questioned whether the public is willing to go along with the inconvenience of construction for the result of an expanded corridor. Levy noted that the contractor is only on site intermittently, with a skeleton crew. He says the public is unnecessarily inconvenienced by the performance.
Danbury Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola says his department gets a lot of calls from drivers complaining about the project, thinking it's a City street, and is eager for the work to wrap up.
But the project is not schedule for completion until next summer.
Iadarola met recently with DOT leaders and asked if they could expedite paving to open the bottlenecks. He was critical of work on the retaining wall coming to a stop. The steel work is standing, but they haven't poured the concrete.
Levy raised the problem with the DOT, and two days later some work was done. But they soon went back to skeleton crews and non-performing days.
Iadarola was critical of crews working on sidewalks and ignoring road work.