The Department of Transportation
(Department) will conduct a Public Information Meeting concerning the proposed
replacement of Bridge No. 01350 carrying Route 137 over Rippowam River, in the City.
Bridge No. 01350 was found to be
structurally deficient having a poor superstructure condition rating. The
center of the bridge superstructure, originally constructed in 1931, is
comprised of nine reinforced concrete tee-beams with an integral concrete
deck. The bridge was widened in 1974 by
approximately 9 ft. Ė 3 in. at both fasciae and prestressed concrete deck
units were placed on each side of the original center portion.
The purpose of
the project is to
replace the existing 33 foot long structure with a 60 foot bridge comprised of precast
concrete beams semi-integral with concrete abutments founded on steel
piles. The riding surface of the bridge
will be protected by a spray applied waterproofing membrane and bituminous
concrete overlay. The proposed bridge
will accommodate two 11-foot travel lanes in each direction, a southbound
dedicated right turn lane, and a 5 foot sidewalk along the northbound
lane. Due to the sidewalk, the
northbound shoulder will be 4 feet wide.
The southbound shoulder will be 7 ft. - 4 in.
There are right-of-way
impacts associated with the proposed improvements including temporary
construction easements. Traffic will be
reduced to one lane in each direction during construction. Construction is anticipated to begin in
spring 2021 based on the availability of funding and acquisition of permits. The estimated construction cost for this
project is approximately $4.6 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 public participation and to allow open
discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning this
The meeting facility is ADA accessible.
Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Departmentís Language
Assistance Call Line at (860) 594-2109.
Requests should be made at least five business days prior to the
meeting. Persons having a hearing and/or
speech disability may dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) and
instruct the operator to contact (860) 594-2243. Language assistance is provided at no cost to
the public, and efforts will be made to respond to timely requests for
Plans 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 Mr. Sarwat A. Basha, at (860) 594-3117 or by
e-mail at email@example.com.