The existing bridge consists of a two-span, concrete-encased steel plate girder superstructure on full-height abutments and a single wall pier. The bridge supports Route 66 over Natchaug River in the town of Windham and is located approximately 1,800 feet northeast of the intersection of Route 66 and Route 195.
The existing roadway supported by Bridge No. 00490 consists of two 12 foot travel lanes and left and right shoulders that vary in width from 2 to 4 feet wide. The estimated 2012 Average Daily Traffic on Route 66 at this site is 8,100 vehicles per day.
The purpose and need for the project is to address the structural deficiencies and functional obsolescence of Bridge No. 00490. The bridge is structurally deficient due to the serious condition of the deck and is functionally obsolete due to inadequate deck geometry.
The recommended replacement for Bridge No. 00490 consists of a new single-span steel plate girder superstructure supported on integral abutments. The recommended bridge will have a span of 170 feet. The existing horizontal alignment and vertical profile of Route 66 will be maintained.
The proposed roadway section is 32 feet wide with two 12 foot travel lanes and two 4 foot shoulders. A 5 foot sidewalk is proposed along the eastbound side of the road.
The proposed bridge replacement will be constructed in two stages utilizing an alternating one-way traffic pattern with temporary signal control at either end of the work zone. Pedestrian traffic will also be maintained throughout the duration of construction.
Work is anticipated to begin in spring 2016. The replacement of this structure is to be undertaken with Federal and State funds.
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, 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 Ms. Susan Morneault at (860) 594-2447 or Susan.Morneault@ct.gov to make an appointment.
All persons interested in this project are welcome to attend this meeting and discuss the project with Department personnel.
This 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 the proposed projects.
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