A section of Pepper Street will be closed the weekend of Sept. 16

MONROE, CT — First Selectman Ken Kellogg reported significant progress on the Pepper Street reconstruction project in an update Thursday, but says a weekend closing will be necessary to finish the section between Cambridge and Commerce drive.

Drivers can expect detours Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 19, when that work should be completed, according to Kellogg.

“Significant roadway excavation, reconstruction and formation of embankments is necessary in the area between Cambridge Drive and Commerce Drive,” he said. “To expedite this work, this section of Pepper Street will be closed to through traffic next weekend to allow for round-the-clock work.”

The road will be opened as soon as the work is completed, and prior to paving which will follow. Detour signs will be posted, according to the update.

“There has been significant progress on the Pepper Street Reconstruction Project,” Kellogg said. “A substantial stretch of the road has been excavated, drainage work completed, and the first course of pavement applied. One side of the new box culvert near Jockey Hollow Road has been installed and is now being backfilled.”

He said excavation will continue between Cambridge Drive and 500 Pepper Street, followed by installation of the base course of pavement anticipated the following week. Utility companies will complete the transfer of overhead wires between Commerce Drive and Cambridge Drive and the relocation of a fire hydrant.

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