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Officials kick off Urban Transitway second phase

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Stamford, CT | Added on July 25, 2013 At 03:41 PM

In a few years, Myrtle Ave. and a part of East Main St. will look similar to Dock and Jefferson Streets.

"What we did on phase I, we're going to continue on phase II," said Ann Brown, the project manager of the second phase of Stamford's Urban Transitway.

Thursday, local and state officials broke ground for phase II of Stamford's Urban Transitway.  Phase II will reconstruct Myrtle Ave. and a portion of East Main.  

"People must be able to travel in and out.  They need transportation corridors.  They need the Stamford Urban Transitway," said Mayor Michael Pavia of Stamford.  

When the project is done, you can expect to see wider roads, new sidewalks, an HOV lane and a bike lane.  Officials say all making it easier to get to the Stamford train station.  

"When this road is completed, it will connect East Main St. and the neighborhoods that surround it to the transportation center and beyond," said Pavia.  

"Because in Stamford, projects get built," said Peter Butler.

Peter Butler, the Deputy Regional Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration says the federal government is investing $41 million in this phase.  

"There are other components going into it that will bring the cost up closer to 40 million [dollars]," said Pavia.   

"The first year, completing East Main St. widening and the second year, coming to Myrtle Ave. and finishing that.  It's about a two year project," said Brown.

Brown says that's the current plan.  But, before construction can begin, she says 6 buildings will come down --  four on Myrtle Ave. and two on East Main.

"When the building is close enough to the street that the widening will touch the building or be into the building, that's what makes the building need to come down," said Brown.  

Officials say after that process, construction is expected to begin this fall.  

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