A bridge on I-95 in Norwalk, CT has posed as an issue for a significant amount of time now which has resulted in the state Department of Transportation to move forward with reconstructing it. The overall cost of the project is expected to be somewhere around $10 million and it will raise the bridge that has already been hit by taller trucks numerous times as there simply is not enough clearance. The Strawberry Hill Avenue bridge that sits just above I-95 and is located about a half-mile from Exit 16, is currently 14 feet, one inch, and will be raised to 16 feet, 3 inches, according to The Hour.
Aside from the bridge sitting too low, it is located in an area that is prone to traffic buildup during peak driving times. And in the event an unexpected accident occurs where a taller truck that cannot fit under the bridge happens to take that route, it makes for a “traffic nightmare.” When an accident occurs, the lanes are generally shut down and cleanup crews are called to the scene to remove any debris which can take hours. And because that is already a high-traffic zone, when a truck accident occurs, it creates a chaotic environment for everyone.
DOT stated that the bridge has been hit so many times already that it is “structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.” In 2015, an accident occurred that was so severe that the truck caused major damage to the steel girders and even a waterline that runs underneath the bridge. And prior to that accident, another occurred in 2014 involving a tractor-trailer that hit another truck that was transporting bundles of rolled paper. Each of the bundles weighed about 2,400 pounds. When the two vehicles collided, the trailer of that truck split open which then caused it “to buckle under the weight of cargo and jam under the bridge.”
Aside from the current bridge serving as a hazard, in the event a truck accident does occur, it then causes major delays in traffic as this stretch of the roadway is prone to traffic buildup.
What results can residents expect to see once the project is complete?
Once the project is complete, residents can expect the following key features:
- The newly constructed bridge will “maintain the existing Strawberry Hill Road travel and turn lane configuration.”
- The median pier and the bridge abutments will be reconstructed and the utilities located under the bridge will also be put back once the reconstruction is complete. The city will also be replacing the concrete deck material and asphalt surface material.
- Fewer accidents involving taller trucks will occur seeing that the bridge will have a higher clearance and can accommodate those trucks that find themselves traveling this route.
Once the construction begins, residents will likely see changes to Norwalk’s local roads. The source indicates that these modifications will extend several hundred feet north and south along Strawberry Hill Avenue, east along Norden Place, and west along Beacon Street. There will be one lane for travel in each direction along Strawberry Hill Avenue during peak hours. You will also likely encounter detours as the work is being done.
The project is expected to begin next spring and will take approximately two years to complete. A public hearing is scheduled for June 28that Norwalk City Hall where individual discussions can be held as DOT reps will be present. The public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. a formal presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Despite the fact that this construction will take time to complete, the outcome will be well worth it as the safety of these truck drivers who travel under the bridge will no longer be put in jeopardy.
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