Department of Transportation
Oct 12, 2017

Public Info. Meeting - Bridge No.02589, Rt.97 over Cold Brook in the City of Norwich

The Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Information Meeting for the replacement of Bridge No. 02589 carrying Route 97 over Cold Brook in the city of Norwich (City).  Bridge No. 02589 is a single span bridge approximately 12 feet long, with a 34.7 feet out-to-out deck width and a curb-to-curb roadway width of 31.7 feet.  The bridge was built in 1913 and carries one lane of traffic in both directions and is located at mile point 4.4 of Route 97.  The estimated 2015 Average Daily Traffic (ADT) is approximately 4,100 vehicles.

The project scope is to replace the existing bridge.  Replacement is required based on the finding of the latest Routine Special Bridge Inspection Report in which the bridge was found to be in serious condition due to a leaning wingwall and undermining of the abutments.

The new bridge will be a three-sided rigid frame on deep foundations.  The proposed curb-to-curb roadway will increase to approximately 34 feet and provide one lane of traffic in each direction.  The proposed roadway elevation will be slightly lowered to improve sightline.


A nine week closure of Bridge No.02589 and a corresponding detour of pedestrian and vehicular traffic is required due to the narrow bridge width, the condition of the existing substructure, and site constraints.  The proposed detour is approximately 4.4 miles using state routes.  Alternating one-way traffic may also be required before and possibly after the bridge closure and detour.


The overhead utilities along the west side of the bridge will be relocated to facilitate the installation of the proposed structure.


Construction is anticipated to begin in spring of 2020 and be completed in fall 2020.  The estimated construction cost for this project is $2,600,000.

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 (5) business days prior to the meeting.  Persons having a hearing and/or speech disability 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 requests for assistance.



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 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.  Anyone wishing to review the plans may contact Mr. Meziane Meziani at (860) 594-3096 or by e-mail at


All persons interested in this project are welcome to attend this meeting and discuss the project with Department personnel.


Location: Norwich City Hall, Room 335, 100 Broadway, Norwich, Connecticut 06360
This event is 34 miles from you (06111).

7 PM

Contact: Kevin Blasi, Bureau of Engineering and Construction
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