The Department of Transportation (Department)
will conduct a Public Information Meeting concerning the rehabilitation of
Bridge No. 00901, which carries Route 67 and U.S. Route 202 over the Housatonic
River in the town of New Milford (Town).
Project No. 95-254 involves the rehabilitation
of Bridge No. 00901, which is a single-span
simply supported Pratt through-truss structure with a stringer floor
system. It was originally constructed in
1953 and was most recently rehabilitated in 2000 and strengthened in 2011. The total structure length is approximately
bridge is considered to be in poor condition due to extensive deterioration of
the truss members, gusset plates, stringers, and floorbeams. The proposed scope of the rehabilitation
project includes: structural steel repairs of truss members, portals, gusset
plates, stringers, and floorbeams; strengthening; localized painting at
repaired locations; cleaning and painting of the bearings; patching of the
concrete deck panels; installation of new expansion joints; upgraded bridge
railing; and a deck overlay.
Maintenance and protection of
traffic is proposed to be accomplished using off-peak lane closures with
alternating one-way traffic for the majority of the work, including the bridge
rail replacement. Alternating one-way
traffic will be controlled by uniformed flaggers or police. A full closure of the bridge during off-peak,
overnight hours will be needed to perform milling and paving operations and to
complete some steel repairs.
Barges are required to
perform work over the waterway and will occupy a portion of the channel. Proper lights and signs will be placed to
notify boat traffic on the Housatonic River.
will be required for this project; however, the anticipated environmental
impacts will be temporary. Existing gas lines, electric conduit, and
communication conduit attached to the bridge will be protected and remain in
service during construction.
Right-of-way impacts include temporary construction easements.
Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2019,
assuming availability of funding and receipt of any required environmental
permits or right-of-way acquisitions.
The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $3.4
million. This project is anticipated to be undertaken with 80 percent Federal funds
and 20 percent State funds.
The Public Information Meeting is being held to
afford a full opportunity for the publicís participation and to allow open
discussion of any views and comments the community may have prior to
progressing the proposed project into the Final Design stage.
Plans will be available 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, during office hours, Monday through Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Anyone wishing to review
the plans may contact Mr. Andrew J. Cardinali, Transportation Supervising
Engineer, at (860) 594-3315.
All persons interested in this project are welcome
to attend this meeting and discuss this project with Department personnel.
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