Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Information
Meeting concerning the proposed replacements of Bridge No. 02708, Route 154
over Plum Bank Creek, and Bridge No. 01386, Route 154 over Back River, in Old
Saybrook, Connecticut. Bridge No. 02708
is a single span bridge approximately 19 feet long, with a 35 foot-2 inch
out-to-out deck width and a curb-to-curb roadway width of 30 feet. The bridge was built in 1935, and carries one
lane of traffic in each direction, and is located just north of Toms Road. The estimated 2015 Average Daily Traffic
(ADT) is approximately 4,600 vehicles.
No. 01386 is a single span bridge approximately 32 feet long, with a 35 foot-1
inch out-to-out deck width and a curb-to-curb roadway width of 29 feet-6
inches. The bridge was built in 1935,
and carries one lane of traffic in each direction, and is located just north of
Buckingham Avenue. The estimated 2015
ADT is approximately 3,000 vehicles.
The purpose of the project is to replace Bridge Nos. 02708 and 01386 due
to their poor condition. The existing superstructures and top portions of the
existing substructure elements will be removed.
The new structures will include integral abutments with approach slabs,
adjacent box beams with shear keys, and concrete decks with bituminous wearing
surfaces. A vertical alignment change is
required to raise the roadway height of the new structures approximately 8
inches at Bridge No. 01386 and up to 18 inches at Bridge No. 02708. Permanent cofferdams are proposed for project
construction and for scour protection measures.
Right-of-way impacts associated with the proposed project may consist of
minor construction easements.
11 week closure of Bridge No. 02708 in the fall of 2020 and an 11 week closure
of Bridge No. 01386 in the spring of 2021 along with corresponding detours of
pedestrian and vehicular traffic are planned due to the bridge width, the
existing superstructure conditions, and site constraints. The proposed detours are approximately 5.2
miles using State routes and Town roads.
Alternating one-way traffic may be required before and after the bridge
closures and detours. Route 154 is
anticipated to be open between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
is anticipated to begin in fall 2020 and undertaken with 100 percent State
funds. The estimated construction cost
for this project is approximately $3.5 million.
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 Departmentís 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 Departmentís 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. Madison Shugrue at (860) 594-3391 or by e-mail at
Inclement Weather Date: November 14, 2017
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