Danbury High School Addition and Renovations
**Project Update: **
The Danbury High School Construction Project Addition, (Danbury Freshman Academy High School) has been completed and its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held August 2018.
The Danbury High School Construction Project Addition cost was $50 million dollars, and approximately 64,000 square feet, including three floors, adding 26 classrooms, a new gymnasium and a 9,000 square foot Performing Arts Building.
Danbury High School Tennis Courts
New tennis courts constructed at Danbury High School using are manufactured with "post tension concrete". This type of concrete construction lengthens the life of concrete by pre-stressing the concrete with lineal cables running through the slab in a grid pattern. By adding tension to these cables, it make the concrete stronger, extending its life and reduces cracking.
Reservoir Street Culvert Replacement
The Reservoir Street Culvert Replacement project was the full replacement of a culvert which reached the end of its useful life span. The culvert dissects Reservoir Street in the south portion of Danbury near the Bethel town line. The box culvert was completed ahead of schedule and within budget. This is a heavily traveled roadway with over 2000 trips per day and is a vital artery connecting the two municipalities. In addition to the culvert replacement, the roadway area has been widened at the intersection. Reservoir Road has been improved with resurfacing throughout the roadway.
Tarrywile Dam Repair
The Tarrywile Dam is in need of concrete repair which requires lowering of the water level of the Tarrywile Pond to make necessary restoration of the concrete face, the top of the dam, and the spill way. A fence was also installed along the top of the dam to insure the safety of park goers.
Still River Sediment Removal
In accordance with DEEP (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) and Army Corps of Engineers' requirements, it was identified that sediment which accumulated in a portion of the Still River be removed to insure that Flood Damage Reduction (FDR) is maintained. The inspection by the Corps produced a "Minimally Acceptable" rating which lead to the necessity of the project. Approximately 2500 lineal feet on both shore lines of the river were cleared of vegetation that had overgrown the banks and sediment which collected in the channel was removed, insuring continued flood protection for the City of Danbury.
Infrastructure Project Summary
# Miles of Roads Paved:
FY 18‐19 Projected: 20
FY 19‐20 Goal: 19
Proposed Construction Services:
* Playground Equipment and Safety Improvements at City Parks
* General City Sidewalk & Bridge Repair
* Park Trail Improvements
* Downtown StreetScape Renaissance Project
*Danbury High School Track Renovation
* Tree Trimming & Removal in Public Rights of Way
* Replace Highway Department Equipment
* Paving, Drainage and Road Improvements
* PIP Bond
* Streetlight Program Lease Purchase
* Various Structural Repairs and Replacements
Reclaimed, Milled and Paved 8.33 Miles of City Roads
The City of Danbury's Highway Department, a subdivision of Public Works Department, managed 8.33 miles of City road improvements in 2016. In 2017, 7.71 miles of City roads were resurfaced. Road improvements included new curbs, catch basins and storm water pipe replacement. Additionally, it also includes a storm drain culvert, head wall, guard rail repairs and replacements, as well as safety line painting on all of the 17 roads paved.
Westville Avenue Improvement Project
Westville Avenue Project included the restoration of the intersection at Westville and Highland Avenues and sidewalk rehabilitation from Lake Avenue to Staples Street. This rehabilitation project was under the supervision of the Director of Public Works/City Engineer and the Construction Services Division. Construction Services was responsible for on-time and on-budget completion of the project.
City Engineering prepared plans for an upgrade of Westville Highland Avenue intersection. This was a dangerous intersection that was determined by the City to be a priority for reclamation. Some infrastructure improvements included: 1) regrading and paving of roadway surfaces; 2) improved traffic pattern and traffic devices which included an area of stamp asphalt; 3) improved sight lines, guide rails; and 4) solar powered electronic traffic speed control devices, among other improvement items.
Brand new City sidewalks, curbing, driveway aprons and fencing were installed for area residents were also part of the Westville project. Other crossroad intersections with Westville that were part of the project included Roger and Myrtle Avenues and Staples Street. Upgrades to crosswalk areas and the installation of a new sidewalk were made in accordance with the American Disabilities act (ADA).
Heritage Plaza at Danbury City Hall
Heritage walk was dedicated in October of 2017 as a celebration of all the nationalities and cultures that comprise the City of Danbury. Developed by the current Administration, City Planner, Director of Public Works/City Engineer and under the supervision and direction of City Construction Services, the project included a complete exterior site renovation fronting the City Hall of Danbury. The focal point of the project is Heritage Walk itself, which is the concrete patio area on the west side of the property fronting City Hall. This area is a true dedication to the many different cultures and nationalities that make up this community by giving them the opportunity to create a monument signifying their contribution and development to the City of Danbury since that culture's settlement in Danbury, for display on the walkway.
Other highlights of the project are a relocation of a time capsule first entombed in front of city hall in 1985 and now relocated with an identifying bronze plaque and to be reopened in the year 2285. At the northwest portion of the City Hall property at the corner of Deer Hill Avenue and West Street is the city's new message center. This high definition electronic display screen provides both informative and vital information with animation to the public at large and is another major focus point of the project on the property. Mayor Mark Boughton and his staff were instrumental in how information was to be broadcast to the citizens and it's visitors to our City.
Finally, a superb landscape plan was put in place with a variety of plantings ranging from flowers and grasses to shrubs and trees that adds beauty and sophistication to the City Hall Complex of Danbury Connecticut.
Jefferson Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation
This project consisted of the full rehabilitation of the bridge crossing at Jefferson Avenue near the downtown area of Danbury. An inter-city water course the bridge spanned is know as Blind Brook and much of it is not visible to the public, as decades of private and public development, including infrastructure has covered it over decades. Jefferson Avenue spans two major arterial roadways connecting Southern Boulevard with West Wooster Street. The project included a reinforcement of existing bridge piers, deck replacement, abutments and other structural improvements.