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Over 90% of utility relocations are now complete for the Pepper Street reconstruction project in Monroe.  90-percent of the $7 million project is being paid for with federal and state grants. But it's been a challenge because of the extensive number of overhead and underground utilities that require relocation.  First Selectman Ken Kellogg says the utility companies are not bound by the project schedule.  There have also been delays because of  pandemic-related supply chain issues and staffing challenges. Significant roadwork and drainage improvements will resume this week and involved excavating and road widening.  New gravel, a base course of pavement, and new curbing will also be installed, which requires lane shifting during construction.  The balance of the road reconstruction, completion of the section of the multi-use Housatonic Valley Rail Trail, as well as the final top course of pavement, is projected for the spring.

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