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Officials to Discuss $2.6 Million North Avenue Bridge Project

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will hold a public information session this week to discuss a proposed $2.6 million rehabilitation project of a 75-year-old Westport bridge.

The bridge in need of repair spans North Avenue over the Merritt Parkway and is situated between Easton Road and Cross Highway in Westport.

According to the DOT, the existing bridge was built in 1939 as a single-span reinforced concrete rigid frame structure, and is a contributing structure to the Merritt Parkway Historic District. 

The proposed project consists of patching the deteriorated surfaces of the structure while replacing portions of the west façade. In addition, the existing chain link fence will be replaced with a more architecturally compatible protective fence, according to the DOT.

The estimated construction cost for this project is $2,600,000 and will be 100 percent paid for through state funds, according to the DOT.

The construction will require North Avenue to be closed at the bridge site between mid-June to mid-August. Traffic will be detoured utilizing Easton Road, Weston Road and Cross Highway with no impacts to private property anticipated, according to the DOT.

The public information session will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m., at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue. 

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