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.
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.
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 Susan.Morneault@ct.gov. Plans
are also available for review at the Engineering Division office of the City of
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