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Construction begins to close former landfill

by Karen Grava - June 19, 2006

The University has announced that construction to complete the remediation of the former UConn landfill and chemical pits site will begin in late June or early July.

Construction is scheduled to take approximately 17 months.

O&G Industries Inc. of Torrington will act as the project construction manager.

The work includes putting a cap over the landfill area and sediments. A parking lot will cover the former site, and adjacent wetlands will be restored and enhanced.

UConn has informed area residents about the work. Trailers, equipment, and materials will be placed in an area adjacent to the landfill.

O&G will use North Hillside Drive to reach the site. The first steps will be to set up erosion controls to protect the surrounding area from construction activity.

UConn plans to keep the pathway from Celeron Square to the campus open as much as possible.

Because the path runs parallel to and crosses the construction area, some inconvenience is expected, in order to ensure safety.

The path may be temporarily rerouted when the contractor is working nearby. Bus service will remain available as scheduled along Hunting Lodge Road.

Any problems related to the remedial action should be referred to James Pietrzak, UConn’s senior project manager, at 860-486-5836.

The University will continue to conduct quarterly sampling of groundwater, surface water, and domestic wells around the study area during the construction.

The analyses will be shared with monitored homeowners and the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The landfill construction is the culmination of a thorough hydrogeologic investigation and public involvement process that began in 1998 with the signing of a Consent Order with DEP.  

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