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Hartford's Pratt Street closed for major makeover

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Pratt Street will be closed until at least the fall while crews replace its bricks. (WFSB photo) Pratt Street will be closed until at least the fall while crews replace its bricks. (WFSB photo)

A unique roadway in downtown Hartford has temporarily closed for a big makeover.

Pratt Street, which residents said is known for its brick pavement and sidewalks, will be closed for several months while crews replace those signature bricks.

Officials said the street markings came down last week as construction crews moved in and shut down vehicle traffic.

"Hopefully, it doesn't affect the businesses down here," said Darrin Reese, Hartford Courier Services, LLC. "There is going to be a lot of foot traffic because the sidewalks are going to be open."

Hartford Courier Services said it's going to have to chance the way it typically locks up bikes while they're not in use.

"I lock them to the garbage cans or the poles," Reese said. "Now they might get in the way because of the construction."

Another store owner told Eyewitness News that crews plan to powerwash the sidewalks at some point during the project, so that will limit the foot traffic for a short time.

Another determent will be parking.

Anna Negron said she moved to Hartford from New Jersey last week. She said Pratt Street was part of the charm that drew her. Until Monday morning, she thought parking was free and close.

"I'm pretty bummed out about that," Negron said. "But I guess I'll have to pay for parking. [I'm] still excited about what attractions the new community can provide."

The area's distinct look is something many said they hope is maintained.

"It's charming," said Sarah Vigneau of Hartford. "I go to yoga here. We go to the bar over there."

"This is one of the first streets that I saw when I first came to Hartford, said Valerie Liang of Hartford. "I would say it's very charming and recognizable."

People who work along side Pratt Street said the charming features are something they're anxious to protect.

"This is a very unique street, there isn't another one like it in Hartford," Reese said. "I think once it's all done with a new look, it might bring Pratt Street back."

City officials couldn't give an estimate as to when the project will be complete.

However, they expected it to be done sometime in the fall.

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