Clearing (for) the Amazon

Johnston woodland has been cut and carved for future fulfillment center


The land has been chopped away, access roads carved, and many trees have been lost to the new development off Hartford Avenue. The town is now advertising for bids on Hartford Avenue road improvements. Traffic travels at a dizzying clip from Connecticut, down Route 6. Over the growl of engines on the road, heavy equipment clanks and bangs away at rock and soil.

BEFORE: Over the summer, as the Amazon project morphed from Project Schooner into a robotic fulfillment center for the world’s largest online retailer, the woodland off Hartford Avenue, near the intersection with Interstate-295, sat mostly undisturbed.

AFTER: Several months into construction, the site is practically unrecognizable. Note the same utility pole, to the right of both photos. The land has been carved and trees have been toppled. Only a small portion of the project can be seen from the road, though heavy equipment works away across the horizon and at least one crane towers above the remaining tree line.


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