The existing bridge consists of a single span concrete slab with two abutments consisting of stone rubble masonry and cast in place concrete. The bridge is approximately 0.2 miles north of the Route 34 intersection with Route 114. The existing roadway approaches consist of two 11 foot travel lanes and two 4 foot shoulders. North of the bridge, the roadway tapers to approximately 26 feet, curb-to-curb. South of the bridge, there is a three lane section that includes an exclusive left-turn lane for the southbound approach to the Route 34 intersection. The estimated 2010 Average Daily Traffic on Route 114 at this site is 6,200 vehicles per day.
The purpose and need for the project is to address the bridge’s structural deficiencies. The bridge is structurally deficient due to the poor condition of the substructure, and functionally obsolete due to the narrow deck width and hydraulically inadequaties.
The recommended rehabilitation is to demolish the existing bridge and replace it with a new prestressed concrete deck bridge. The clear span will be increased to 24 feet and the roadway profile will be raised approximately 2 feet to increase the hydraulic opening.
The proposed bridge will be constructed in two stages using an alternating one-way traffic pattern during construction.
Work is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2015. The replacement of this bridge is to be undertaken with Federal and State funds. The estimated construction cost for this project is $2,700,000.
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 project.
Plans will be available for public review at the Town Hall. Department of Transportation (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. Joseph Scalise at (860) 594-3389 or Joseph.Scalise@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.
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Location: Orange Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477
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