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The Road to Somewhere: I’m Diggin The Dirt

Construction of new roads on former mall site

The Road to Somewhere is a series of articles that chronicle the redevelopment of the former mall site with the simple start of a road. 

Many people tell me it’s very suspicious the road construction on the former mall site is so close to this Year’s Citywide election.

Is it politically driven? I tell them: Of course, but I really don’t care if it is or not. I just want downtown revitalized whatever it takes.

Problem-driven political projects hold considerable promise to help development.

Many residents just care something is finally happening.

Speaking of finally. The road is progressing at lightning speed.

Construction of the road has already been extended to the Laurel Street entrance.

It’s amazing to see all the bulldozers, dump trucks, and all the big equipment most kids loved and had miniature toys of — including myself.

In addition to the road, and new entrance to the parking lot in front of the Police Department has been created and is almost complete.

On another note, when people see me they basically ask me “Why are you doing this road series?”

My reply:

Have you checked it out?

Do you go downtown?

Of course the answer is no.

Most of Bristol’s residents shop, eat, and treat on Rt. 6. Many live in sections of town that do not require them to go downtown.

While the road is beginning, we need people to begin. To begin pride in town. To begin faith in town. To begin living in Bristol with All Heart.

The new road will be about 1,000 feet long and contain many streetscape components including trees, brick pavers, a center median made of “stamped asphalt,” decorative lights, landscaping, granite curbing, and a bus stop location.

The road will match the current look of North Main and Main Streets. The City will also update the traffic signal at North Main Street and Laurel streets.

This Year Bristol Hospital purchasing a large portion of the former mall site.

The hospital plans to construct a 60,000 square foot two-story building that will house an Ambulatory Care Center.

The building is expected to employ dozens of medical professionals while servicing thousands of patients downtown.

I’ll end this edition of The Road to Somewhere with Kool & The Gang’s iconic Celebration!

Stay tuned for the next edition of The Road to Somewhere.

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