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Westport's Church Lane Closes To Traffic As Construction Work Soars

A crane soars high above the Bedford Square project in downtown Westport.
A crane soars high above the Bedford Square project in downtown Westport. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The finished project will include 60,000 square feet of new retail, restaurant, and office space in the center of Westport.
The finished project will include 60,000 square feet of new retail, restaurant, and office space in the center of Westport. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The construction site is surrounded by colorful murals, with the crane soaring high above the scene.
The construction site is surrounded by colorful murals, with the crane soaring high above the scene. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A look inside the fence at the downtown Westport construction scene.
A look inside the fence at the downtown Westport construction scene. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The construction crane fills the skyline of Westport.
The construction crane fills the skyline of Westport. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

WESTPORT, Conn. — The Town of Westport has approved the closure of Church Lane from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. all this week as work continues on the Bedford Square project.

The closure will be from Monday, March 7, through Friday, March 11, on Church Lane from its intersection at Elm Street to Post Road East.

General vehicular traffic will be detoured via Elm Street.

The section of Church Lane from Myrtle Avenue to Elm Street will remain open.

Work along the south end of Main Street/Post Road East adjacent to the Bedford building as well as excavating and backfilling along Elm Street adjacent to 36 Elm will restrict traffic to one lane intermittently.

A traffic officer detail will be on hand to detour foot and vehicular traffic in the area.

Drivers are urged to use caution, expect potential delays and seek alternate routes.

The Bedford Square project is planned to invigorate downtown Westport with new high-quality retail, residential, office and restaurant uses.

The project includes the complete renovation and restoration of the stately 1923 Bedford Mansion and historic firehouse, and the removal and replacement of the former YMCA’s Weeks Pavilion Complex and the buildings on the adjoining Gunn property. Together, these properties make up the entire length of Church Lane, from the corner of Main Street and Post Road to the corner of Church Lane and Elm Street.

When completed, Bedford Square will comprise nearly 60,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and office space. Developers hope to attract a mix of high-end fashion retail similar to what is currently found on Main Street and Church Lane, as well as more local retail, restaurant, and service uses, which will blend nicely into smaller spaces throughout the development.

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