Construction Activities – Week of May 1, 2023

The Connecticut Department of Transportation advises the following construction activities for the upcoming week:


Daytime Work:


Town of Haddam

  • Crews will continue with bridge abutment rehabilitation.
  • Crews will continue with retaining wall construction along the southside of Route 82.


Town of East Haddam

  • Crews will be installing a new roadway drainage system.
  • Crews will be installing a new retaining wall along the southside of Route 82.


  • Crews will be installing temporary bridge rails.
  • Crews will perform bottom chord repairs on Span 2.
  • Crews will perform surface prep followed by priming on Span 3.
  • Crews will be installing conduit on Span 4.
  • Crews will continue with repair work of the swing span mechanical system to return full functionality to swing operations.


Nighttime Work:


  • Crews will continue with repair work of the swing span mechanical system to return full functionality to swing operations. Monday through Friday nights are being reserved for potential overnight closures for swing span testing. We will communicate overnight closures if they are to occur. 


Vehicular Advisory:


Daytime Work:

  • Lane closures on Route 82 will occur Monday through Friday with no time-of-day restrictions. Traffic flaggers will coordinate the alternating traffic sequence over the bridge.

Nighttime Work:

  • Potential bridge closures to vehicular traffic Monday through Friday. Be advised that Saturday and Sunday night closures may also occur.
  • Overnight road closure hours will be implemented per the following:



  • Monday – 7:00pm to 6:00am
  • Tuesday – 7:00pm to 6:00am
  • Wednesday – 11:00pm to 6:00am
  • Thursday – 11:00pm to 6:00am
  • Friday – 11:30pm to 8:00am


Weekends (if required)

  • Saturday – 11:30pm to 8:00am
  • Sunday – 10:00pm to 6:00am


Marine Advisory:

  • The Swing Span incurred mechanical damage, the contractor is working diligently on repairs. Effective, Friday, April 14, 2023, the bridge tender will no longer perform openings to boat traffic, this will be in effect until further notice.
  • It is anticipated that several weeks are required to address the necessary repairs to safely swing open for tall vessels, swing opens should resume no later than Memorial Day This timeframe allows for the necessary engineering that is required for these repairs, the procurement of the replacement equipment and the installation and testing for confirmation that the swing span is operating in a safe and reliable manner.
  • Currently, the contractor has suspended scaffold in place beneath the bridge to assist with their rehabilitation work. The scaffold has reduced the normal vertical clearance boaters are accustomed to by several feet. Boaters are advised that currently the approximate vertical clearance to the scaffold are as follows:
  • Low tide clearance is about 18’-8”
  • High tide clearance is about 16’-8”
  • Be advised that the contractor is working on a temporary removal of several sections of suspended scaffold beneath the bridge for added boat clearance, this should be completed next week.
  • Additionally, the tide clearance boards at the bridge have been adjusted to reflect the vertical clearances to the scaffold.

Please be advised:

  • Weekend work is not anticipated.
  • You can sign up for TEXT Alerts to receive notifications on bridge closures and re-openings, closure cancellations, and any emergency closures. To Opt-in, text the word SWINGBRIDGE to 888777. (Message and Data rates may apply). In addition to SMS messages, if you would like to receive Swing Bridge open/closed status notices via email or a voice call from Everbridge, please click here to enter the required information. Message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help, STOP to Opt-out.
  • Effective November 11, 2022, any trucks that exceed 16 tons are restricted from using the East Haddam Swing Bridge, until further notice. Routine enforcement by the Connecticut State Police and Department of Motor Vehicles will occur during this 16-ton restriction period.
  • Project traffic WEBCAMS (one on each side of the river) are available 24/7 to monitor the traffic conditions at the bridge, the camera feeds are viewable from our project website homepage.
  • Road signage will alert drivers to lane closures in the construction area. Please pay attention to road signage, slow down, and stay safe!
  • Access to local businesses and residents within the work zones will be maintained.
  • Unforeseen circumstances have the potential to impact all scheduled construction activities.


If you have any questions related to construction, please send an e-mail to [email protected]