ConnDOT: Project No. 158-214
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Project No. 158-214

{Elevation plan of original bridge}

Elevation view of the original bridge


Municipality: Town of Westport


Project Location: Bridge No. 01349 (William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge), carrying Route 136 over the Saugatuck River


Project Description: A Rehabilitation Studies Report (RSR) for the Cribari Bridge – a historic swing bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places - was conducted to explore rehabilitation options.  The completed RSR was presented to the public on June 15, 2016 and is included in the documents section below. This bridge project was originally initiated because routine inspections identified the need for rehabilitation work, primarily to vehicular collision-damaged truss elements and corroded pile cross bracing. The more detailed investigations conducted as part of the RSR process have revealed substantially more structural deficiencies and significant highway functional deficiencies. The cost to address the structural deficiencies may require major rehabilitation of the structure at a much greater construction cost than originally estimated. Due to a projected high cost of major bridge rehabilitation work and difficulty of maintaining traffic flow while performing rehabilitation work, a complete bridge replacement option was also studied in the RSR, to provide a baseline cost comparison between bridge rehabilitation and bridge replacement.


Project Map: Click to view a map of the project area.



CTDOT is currently soliciting bids, through its Consultant Liaison Firm – Close, Jensen and Miller (CJM), for inspection of Cribari Bridge’s Pier 2 piles.  This short-term inspection is being conducted as part of Project 158-214 with the intent of determining the conditions of the existing Pier 2 steel piles.  This inspection work involves removal of an 18-24 inch half-cylinder section of concrete around the 3 piles located along the east side of Pier 2 behind the existing concrete encasement and fiberglass jackets.  The removed sections will be restored after inspection.  The purpose of this inspection work is to determine the extent of corrosion on the piles.


It is anticipated that small barges or boats will be used to access the piles at low tide.  However, this work will not impact the navigable channel west of Pier 2.  The work will also not require roadway or bridge closure and will not affect the ability of the bridge to swing open for boat traffic.  Debris containment, water pollution control measures, and other environmental protection requirements will be followed.


The investigative work is anticipated to start in a few weeks, with a maximum duration of 45 days.



A Public Information and Public Scoping Meeting for this project was held at the Westport Town Hall Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 15, 2016.  Additional written comments from the public were accepted until the close of business on Friday, July 1, 2016 for this meeting. However, general comments or questions regarding the project can be submitted at any time. 

Public Information and Public Scoping Meeting Presentation

Public Scoping Comments


Contact: Ms. Priti S. Bhardwaj, P.E., Transportation Supervising Engineer

               Connecticut Department of Transportation

               2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131

Phone:    860-594-3311



The following entities have been approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the lead federal agency associated with Project 158-214, as Consulting Parties under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  Other consulting parties under Section 106, by right and whenever applicable, are the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO), Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations, local governments, and applicants for federal assistance or approvals (CTDOT, in this case).


Rehabilitation Study Report ("RSR") (completed under Project 158-212)

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