Huzzle Guzzle Brook Bridge Work To Be Topic At May 10 Public Meeting

Work will begin and end in 2014, but town and state officials are talking with residents now. The average daily traffic on the bridge is 8,900 vehicles. New bridge will cost $1.5 million. Meeting is Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m.


This information is from the state Department of Transportation:

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Information Meeting concerning the replacement of Bridge No. 05466, which carries Special Service Road 450 (Horsepond Road) over Huzzle Guzzle Brook in the town of Madison.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room C (Hammonasset Room) at the Madison Town Campus, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, Connecticut. 

 The existing bridge, built in 1963, consists of a corrugated steel elliptical pipe arch approximately 8 feet high, 12 feet wide and 67 feet long.  It is situated on SSR 450 approximately 1.5 miles north of Interstate Route 95 and south of the intersection with Kelsey Springs Road. The bridge carries one lane of traffic in both the northbound and southbound directions.  It has an overall length of 12 feet and a curb-to-curb width of 36 feet.  The estimated 2010 Average Daily Traffic on Horsepond Road at this site is 8,900 vehicles per day.

The purpose and need for the project is to address the bridge’s structural deficiencies and substandard load rating (carrying capacity).  The existing culvert is structurally deficient primarily due to the poor condition of the corrugated steel culvert.  There is light rust along the waterline throughout the culvert with isolated areas of heavy rust, section loss, deteriorated bolts, active leakage, erosion and settlement of the backfill material especially at the outlet end. 

The proposed replacement consists of a clear span precast arch and precast wingwalls supported on cast-in-place reinforced concrete footings.  The proposed structure will have a span of 20 feet, and will have an open channel bottom.  The curb-to-curb width will be 36 feet, accommodating a 12-foot travel lane and 6-foot shoulder in each direction which is consistent with the approach roadway width.  The roadway will be reconstructed approximately 150 feet to either side of the bridge.  The existing guide railing will be replaced with metal beam railing which meets current standards.

Work is anticipated to begin and be completed in 2014.  The replacement of this bridge is to be undertaken with federal and state funds.  The estimated construction cost for this project is $1,500,000.

A 2-week-long detour is proposed during the construction of the bridge.  The detour will not take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Following the detour, the road will be reopened and the remaining construction will be completed with two lanes open to traffic.  Based on the state highway boundary map, the width of the State right-of-way at the site is approximately 115 feet; therefore no impacts to private property are anticipated. 

The Public Information Meeting is being held to afford a full opportunity for public participation and to all open discussion on any views and comments the community may have concerning this proposed project.  The meeting facility is ADA accessible.  Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department of Transportation’s Office of Communications (voice only) at (860) 594-3062 at least five working days prior to the meeting.  Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public, and efforts will be made to respond to requests for assistance.

Plans will be available for public review.  Department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project.  More detailed information is available at the Department's Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.  Anyone wishing to review the plans may contact Ms. Mary E. Baker at (860) 594-3402 or Mary.Baker@ct.gov to make an appointment.  All persons interested in this project are welcome to attend this meeting and discuss the project with CTDOT personnel.

Mad Local April 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM
1.5 million to replace a 67' long culvert with an open channel bridge? how much will be union wages and paying police to sit in cars all day?


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