Department of Transportation
Nov 8, 2017

Bridge No. 02540, which carries Rt.85 (Hartford Rd.) over Little Brook in the town of Salem

The Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Information Meeting concerning the proposed replacement of Bridge No. 02540, which carries Route 85 (Hartford Road) over Little Brook in the town of Salem (Town).


The existing Bridge No. 02540 is a single span cast-in-place concrete bridge, approximately 9 foot long with a 30 foot curb-to-curb width.  The cast-in-place concrete deck slab sits on stone masonry abutments.  The existing bridge was built in 1926 and is located approximately 1.8 miles north of the junction with Route 82 (East Haddam Road) near the intersection of Rattlesnake Ledge Road. The superstructure is in poor condition.  The structural slab shows deterioration on the underside with longitudinal and hairline cracks.  Due to the extent of deterioration of the existing bridge, replacement is recommended.

The proposed project consists of replacing the existing bridge with a single, 4 sided box culvert composed of pre-cast concrete sections.  Four wing walls, also pre-fabricated, will be installed along with bridge pre-fabricated headwalls and cutoff walls.  It will be constructed in the same location and alignment as the existing bridge and will increase the existing 38.5 foot out to out width to 43 feet.  The new structure will provide adequate hydraulic capacity. In addition, the metal beam rail will be upgraded along the length of Route 85 within the project limits in order to meet current safety standards.


Construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2020 based on the availability of funding.  The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $2 million.  This project is anticipated to be undertaken with 80 percent Federal Funds and 20 percent State funds.


At this time, the Department proposes a complete road closure and a detour along state and town roads for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days for installation of the new structure with Accelerated Bridge Construction Methods using pre-cast concrete sections that are assembled in the field.  The Department anticipates minimal right-of-way impact during the construction. All elements will be pre-fabricated prior to the road closure, and staged on site to allow for more efficient construction.  The contractor will be given incentives by the state to meet this fourteen day deadline, and will incur fines and penalties if they exceed the allotted time. 


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 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 Bryan H. Reed, Transportation Supervising Engineer,  at (860) 594-3418 or by e-mail at   

Inclement Weather Date: November 15, 2017



Location: Salem Free Public Library, Large Meeting Room, 264 Hartford Road, Salem, Connecticut, 06420
This event is 26 miles from you (06111).

6 PM

Contact: Bryan Reed, Bureau of Engineering and Construction
Phone: (860) 594-3418
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