State bus depot on track for 2017 opening

Watertown Bus Maintenance Facility
January 30, 2016

Progress on a new state bus depot on Frost Bridge Road is on track for completion in May 2017, according to Eric Feldblum, project design engineer for the state Department of Transportation.

He said the mild weather had helped keep the project on schedule, allowing crews to pour concrete and keep digging and backfilling foundation walls late into the season before the frost.

The $85 million bus storage and maintenance facility is also on budget, he said.

The new facility to house about 100 paratransit and intercity buses will replace the facility on Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury.

General contractor O&G is moving fast, with 60 to 80 workers on site at any given time, Feldblum said.

He said the majority of foundation walls and footings are in and workers are putting up a post tension concrete slab on the first floor of the 276,000-square-foot building between Route 262 and the Naugatuck River. He expects to start erecting the steel frame of the building in a month or two.

The site work is mostly completed, Feldblum said, including the retaining walls.

"The contractor's working hard and it's progressing quite nicely," he said.

Installation of 7,000 feet of new water and sewer lines is ahead of schedule, Feldblum said. It was expected to be installed by the end of winter, but Richards Construction already completed the work, he said. Once leak tests are done and the road is repaved, Feldblum said he expects the utilities to be nearly complete by the end of April, allowing town businesses to tap into the new lines.

"It was sized to handle add on from town businesses, so the town's excited about that," he said.

Construction of part of the Naugatuck River Greenway, which is part of the project, is graded and a retaining wall has been built, but paving will have to wait until the asphalt plants open in the spring, Feldblum said.

Story courtesy Republican-American newspaper.