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Construction to close Pickett Lane in spring


Access to Korn Elementary School, Coginchaug Regional High School, District 13 Central Office, and Allyn Brook Park will be much more difficult for a while, according to construction projections discussed at the Board of Education and Board of Selectman meetings last fall.

Major construction repair to a culvert at Allyn Brook Park will have closed Pickett Lane during that time period. With Pickett Lane closed, buses, parents, students, and staff will only have access to the school facilities by way of Maiden Lane.

“It has to be done. It is going to be inconvenient,” interim Superintendent of Schools Ernest Perlini said. “We have to deal with it, but it’s going to be better when it’s done.”

Noting the number of end-of-year activities at the schools, Perlini has asked the state to hold off on closing the road as long as possible.

In an interview with Town Times, Francis agrees with Perlini’s assessment that the project is an inconvenient necessity.

According to Francis the road, “one of the busiest spots of our town,” will be completely closed from about halfway up the hill on the west to the last three parking lots at Allyn Brook Park on the east. The site will be enclosed with fencing, but pedestrians, including Strong School students in physical education classes, will have access to the park by a walkway.



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