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More Info on Rt. 1 Noroton River Bridge Proposal Comes out at Public Hearing

Bridge No. 00315" as seen from the Darien side, looking north (Image: Connecticut DOT presentation, June 24, 2014)
Bridge No. 00315" as seen from the Darien side, looking north (Image: Connecticut DOT presentation, June 24, 2014)
The new Route 1 bridge over the Noroton River would be in place by either 2017 or possibly the spring of 2018, Connecticut Department of Transportation officials said in their presentation at a public hearing Tuesday.

Work at the site is expected to begin in the spring of 2016. The state DOT says the schedule is preliminary.

The estimated cost of the project is $7 to $8 million, with 80 percent of it paid with federal funds and the rest by the state.

A copy of the state's slide presentation has been posted in two parts on the Home page of the Darien town government website, here and here.

Here's some other information about the bridge from the slide presentation:

  • The state's official name for the bridge is the romantic "Bridge No. 00315"
  • The name of the bridge replacement project is "State Project 135-307"
  • BL Companies is the outside firm designing the bridge; Anchor Engineering Services is a design consultant.
  • The existing bridge was first built in 1913 and rehabilitated in 1956.
  • It is 50 feet long, the roadway is 70 feet wide (curb to curb) and the bridge has a support structure in the middle.
  • Much less information about the proposed new bridge was provided in the slide presentation, but the new bridge is expected to be 2.5 feet higher than the old one in order to allow more water to flow underneath the bridge in floods.
  • In 2013, the estimated average daily traffic (ADT) going over the bridge was about 10,600 vehicles.

At the end of the slide presentation, this contact information was posted for the public:

CT DOT: Ms. Susan Morneault2800 Berlin Turnpike, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546 — (860) 594-2447 — susan.morneault@ct.gov

BL Companies: Mr. Nicholas Giardina, P.E. 150 Trumbull Street, 6thFloor, Hartford, CT 06103 — (860) 249-2200 — ngiardina@blcompanies.com

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