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Category: News

No sooner than they finish the roundabout, then this

David
News
9/29/2021

The rotary at Park Terrace, Sigourney, and Russ really would have had only a minor effect on those of you who commute to Asylum Hill, but this new project will impact lots of you.  ConnDOT has begun work on the Sigourney Street bridge that goes over the train tracks and over (and under) Interstate 84.  From the looks of it, the project will take a long time:  note that the new traffic patterns around the construction have been painted into place.

The details.  You can still get off 84 onto Sigourney Street, but the offramp is now one lane at the end.  You can go both north and south, but again, only one lane until you’re fully off the bridge.  The light at Hawthorn now rates between north and south – as in, northbound goes while everyone else has a red, and then southbound goes.  This is to prevent someone wanting to turn left from Sigourney northbound blocking everyone behind them.  As for southbound, you can still get onto 84 going east, but you can only get there from the southbound lanes.  Northbound Sigourney is closed entirely between Park Terrace and the highway offramp.

What does this have to do with that new rotary?  They deliberately held off on the bridge project until the rotary officially opened.



The new garden and landscaping at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph

David
News
9/21/2021

The Cathedral of Saint Joseph has wrapped up their project on their west lawn, and they’ve created a lovely garden area that celebrates their history and their patrons while also providing a spot for contemplation.  The even managed to preserve the old weeping cross (sort of).



New traffic pattern on Garden Street

David
News
8/17/2021

This is coming up Garden to the intersection with Cogswell and Myrtle.  They’ve taken out the left lane at the intersection, which used to be a “rump” lane for turning left, which means they’ve eliminated the right-turn-only lane.

It does make things easier for people who want to turn left, but it certainly hasn’t discouraged anyone from racing up the left-turn lane to pass everyone at the intersection.



New traffic pattern on Garden Street

David
News
8/17/2021

This is coming up Garden to the intersection with Cogswell and Myrtle.  They’ve taken out the left lane at the intersection, which used to be a “rump” lane for turning left, which means they’ve eliminated the right-turn-only lane.

It does make things easier for people who want to turn left, but it certainly hasn’t discouraged anyone from racing up the left-turn lane to pass everyone at the intersection.



It’s not in Asylum Hill, but it’s new since you’ve been gone

David
News
8/16/2021

ConnDOT has just about finished the new rotary at the intersection of Park Terrace, Sigourney, and Russ – all that’s left is painting the stripes.  It’s just south of I-84 in Frog Hollow, and it’s something you might take someday, plus it’s right next to where I live.  Note the scooters, too:  these are the latest is pay-to-share transportation in Hartford.  They seem like they are fun, but they’ve been prompting some less than safe maneuvers around town, especially up and down Broad Street.



New speed hump on Huntington

David
News
8/10/2021

Brand new – and already causing grief for speeders!  As you can see from the grooves in the street, this new speed hump has taken its toll.  I suppose this is why they paint warning stripes?

This one is between Ashley and Collins, but there’s another one down between Asylum and Collins, too.



Aggressively blocking the box

David
News
8/5/2021

I see cars doing it all the time, but this bus gave it a whole new meaning.  It also led me to contemplate that there have been a lot of changes to traffic patterns in Asylum Hill since the pandemic began, and I should do something to catch everyone up on that.



Slowed Street on Ashley Street

David
News
8/4/2021

I was over at 29 Ashley today when I noticed that DPW (apparently) had marked the street on Ashley Street for striping.  This wasn’t entirely unexpected:  the residents of Ashley have met several times with a City official who discussed the slowed street plan with them.  Not all of them were excited by it, but more meetings were promised.

And that’s what’s unexpected.  The City official in charge of the project retired back in July, and since that time no one has heard anything from the City.  What’s more, the residents were assured that this would be an experiment – in other words, a study on the effects of the slowed street pattern would be done for one year, so nothing would be installed (or painted) permanently, just in case something didn’t work out and needed to be removed.

This isn’t looking so temporary or experimental!  I guess we’ll see.



Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Focuses on NINA's work as it Promotes Equity in Homeownership

David
News
4/26/2021

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving posted an article on Connecticut Mirror about expanding homeownership in Hartford, and the article featured some of the work NINA has done in Asylum Hill.  It had pictures of 8 Ashley Street, 246 Sargeant Street, and 86 & 88 Hawthorn Street.



NINA in the Blogosphere

David
News
3/22/2021

The MetroHartford Alliance posted NINA Revitalizes Hartford’s Asylum Hill Neighborhood today.  The post provides an overview of NINA’s work and features four former NINA projects:  21 Ashley Street, 117 Sigourney Street, 52 Huntington Street, and 156-158 Sargeant Street.



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