Construction delays opening of Pratt Street in Hartford - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Construction delays opening of Pratt Street in Hartford

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It’s been closed for about five months, but now Pratt Street in Hartford will be closed even longer.

The entire street has been re-done, and the city was hoping to salvage some granite slates, but now even those need to be replaced.

The street is unique, as it isn’t paved like other downtown streets. It is pretty much all bricks.

Businesses are happy that the street is getting a $1 million facelift, but they want construction to speed up.

Professional Barber Shop has been an anchor on Pratt Street. They have their loyal customers, but they also depend on foot traffic, which is something they haven’t been getting much of these days.

"When there are no cars on the street and construction is going on, nobody wants to walk down the street,” said Chris Rosa, of Professional Barber Shop.

When construction started in early April, the owner of the shop had a feeling business might drop off because the street was shut down.

He never expected it to last for months, and he got so frustrated that he recently put a tent outside and started cutting hair, in hopes of drawing more customers.

The city admits it has taken longer than expected. They said they found things they didn’t count on, but the latest problem are the granite slates. The city was hoping to replace just the cracked ones and match them up.

"We were hoping we could find granite to replace it. We didn’t find it, so we decided we are going to go the brick paver way throughout the whole sidewalk....and that's what held things up a little bit,” said Marilyn Cruz-Aponte, of Hartford Department of Public Works.

The city is going to rip up the slates and put down bricks on both sides of the street.

City officials said they wanted to get started on Monday, but the rain impacted that. They are hoping all of the work will be done and Pratt Street will be reopened in three to four weeks.

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