Department of Transportation
Dec 13, 2017

Public Info. Meeting - Bridge No.03993 carrying West St. over the Genesse & Wyoming Railroad

The Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Information Meeting concerning the proposed replacement of Bridge No. 03993 carrying West Street over the Genesee and Wyoming Railroad


The existing bridge consists of a four-span, timber, multi-beam structure with a timber wearing surface over a timber deck.  The bridge supports West Street over the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad in the city of Middletown (City) and is located approximately 0.1 miles south of Route 157.


The purpose and need for the project is to address the bridge’s structural deficiencies and functional obsolescence.  The bridge is structurally deficient due to the poor condition of the superstructure and the bridge is functionally obsolete due to inadequate bridge deck width, vertical and horizontal under clearance and approach roadway alignment.


The bridge replacement project will include the reconstruction of approximately 785 feet of approach roadway. In addition, the project proposes to construct a sidewalk on an additional 360 feet of West Street, resulting in a total project length of 1,200 feet.  The sidewalk construction proposed as part of this project will provide pedestrian connectivity between Route 66 (Washington Street) and Butternut Street.  Proposed roadway improvements include a 28 foot wide curbed approach roadway, a 5.5 foot wide sidewalk on the east side of West Street, traffic calming measures, and drainage improvements.  The roadway at the bridge will be 23.5 feet wide with a 10 foot wide sidewalk/path.  The sidewalk on the path is wider to accommodate a planned City project to construct a multi-purpose path along West Street.  The profile of West Street will be minimally raised to maintain the existing 18 foot-1 inch of under clearance for the single-track railroad.


The proposed bridge replacement consists of a 26 foot clear span three-sided precast concrete rigid frame supported on reinforced concrete pedestal walls that are founded on reinforced concrete spread footings.  The bottom of the foundation system will be constructed to facilitate lowering of the rail line by 2.5 feet to accommodate a potential increase in under clearance to 20.5 feet, if funding for such a project becomes available in the future.



This structure’s configuration allows access to a petroleum fuel pipeline without impacting the bridge structure.  The proposed superstructure will support the existing gas main and a water main.  An existing sewer main that crosses under the tracks in the immediate vicinity of the bridge will be replaced as part of the project.  Temporary overhead utility/pole relocations are required to facilitate the proposed work.


During construction, West Street will be closed at the bridge and traffic will be detoured via Route 157 to Wadsworth Street.  Route 157 is a two-lane road and has an estimated 2013 Average Daily traffic of 2,200 vehicles. Wadsworth Street is a two-lane local road.


There are right-of-way impacts associated with the proposed improvements. Six properties adjacent to the project limits will require slope easements to be acquired.  Four properties will require drainage rights-of-way to be acquired.


Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2018, based on the availability of funding.  The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $4.4 million.  This project is anticipated to be undertaken with State and Federal funds.


The Public Information Meeting is being held to afford a full opportunity for public participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning this proposed project.


The meeting facility is ADA accessible.  Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department’s Office of Communications at (860) 594-3062 at least five business days prior to the meeting. Persons with hearing and/or speech disabilities may dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS).  Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public and efforts will be made to respond to timely requests for assistance.


Plans of the proposed project will be on display for public review.  Department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project.  More detailed information is available at the Department’s Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.  Anyone wishing to discuss the project may contact Ms. Susan Morneault at (860) 594-2447 or by e-mail at  Plans are also available for review at the Engineering Division office of the City of Middletown.

Inclement Weather Date:  January 10, 2018


Location: Middletown Police Department, 222 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457
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Contact: Susan Morneault, Bureau of Engineering and Construction
Phone: (860) 594-2447
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