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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Bryan.Reed@ct.gov.
Inclement Weather Date: November 15, 2017
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