West Hartford paving project will add bike lanes and remove parking on Farmington Avenue


WEST HARTFORD – A paving project on Farmington Avenue will remove on-street parking but add bike lanes.

The city will resurface the main road from Mountain Road to Wardwell Road in May. Signage tells drivers to expect detours May 11-25.

Most of the work, the city said, will be done Monday through Friday during the day between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The city is asking residents to keep parked cars off the road during this time.

The addition of bike lanes is in line with the city’s Complete Streets program, which City Council adopted in 2015. The city’s bike network map identifies the section of Farmington Avenue as planned for the installation of cycle paths.

Bike lanes measuring over four feet will be placed on the east and west sides of the street, replacing the seven parking lanes currently present. The traffic lanes themselves will be reduced from 11 feet to 10 feet.

The paver median will be replaced with a two-way 12-foot left-turn lane similar to that currently used in the North Main Street road diet.

The city said a detour will be in place during construction, but the road will remain open to local residential traffic, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks and school buses.

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