Hearing set for Aspetuck Ridge bridge
Resident input is being sought by the New Milford Town Council about a possible agreement with the state for the replacement of an Aspetuck Ridge Road bridge.
The bridge crosses Merryall Brook.
It would be fully replaced and the road would be slightly realigned.
The bridge would be extended to 30 feet and widened to 28 feet. The project is fully funded.
The bridge replacement was applied for and approved by the state Local Bridge Program Project in the 1990s.
Federal funding will also be use in the project.
The estimated $1.3 million cost is fully funded by federal and state funding.
A public hearing to discuss terms of the project financing will be Monday, May 13 at 7:15 p.m. in the E. Paul Martin Room of New Milford Town Hall.
The project will go out to bid later this year, with a start date anticipated in the spring of 2014.
The present bridge, a steel span, was constructed in 1981 and is supported by reinforced cement.
The last bridge inspection in November 2010 found the deck to be in poor condition, the beam structure to be satisfactory and the substructure to be satisfactory, according to Public Works Director Mike Zarba.
The bridge supports an estimated 3,600 vehicle trips per day.
During construction, traffic would be alternating on one lane, as replacement of each half of the roadway is flip-flopped.
Traffic signals at either end of the bridge would control traffic flow.
Minor drainage work will be included in the project.
Weeping Willow trees to be removed during construction will be replaced.
The new bridge is designed to withstand a 500-year storm event. Construction time is estimated to be eight to 10 months.