Construction Activities – Week of May 14, 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 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 2.
  • Crews will continue with installation of moveable crane on Span 2.
  • 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 work on priority steel repairs on Span 1.
  • Crews will continue with installation of moveable crane on Span 2.


Vehicular Advisory:


  • Saturday and Wednesday delays will occur while boats get through the bridge (see Marine Advisory).
  • Lane closures on Route 82 will occur Monday through Friday. Beginning Tuesday, time-of-day lane restrictions will be reinstated, hours of single lane traffic on the bridge will be limited to 9am-3pm each day. Traffic flaggers will coordinate the alternating traffic sequence over the bridge.



  • Weeknight bridge closures will occur Thursday and Friday nights this week. Be advised that Saturday and Sunday night closures may also occur if weekdays are lost due to bad weather.
  • If an overnight road closure is required, the 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 bridge tender will be preforming swing span openings to boaters as follows:
    • Four openings Saturday (5/13) – 9am, 10am, 11am, and 12pm
    • Two openings Thursday (5/18) – 10am & 1pm


Each opening will be no longer than 30 minutes.

Boaters are advised that the swing span is still in a state of disrepair and that each of these openings will require monitoring by a team of engineers, if during an opening, the team witnesses anything that potentially puts the bridge at risk, the remaining swing openings would be canceled.

For future scheduled openings for maritime traffic, click here.     

Also, the contractor has temporarily removed approximately 50 feet of their suspended scaffold to provide additional vertical clearance for boats that generally do not require the bridge to swing opening to pass through. The temporary scaffold removal was done in the channel that is closest to the East Haddam shoreline.

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”

The tide clearance boards are recommended as the best reference for gauging clearance at time of passage, the boards are located on the swing span pivot pier and the bulkhead at Goodspeed, both have been adjusted to reflect the vertical clearances in locations of the contractor’s suspended scaffold. Be advised that there is approximately 3 feet of additional clearance in the location where the scaffold was temporarily removed.

Navigational beacons have been installed on the bridge to designate the channel.

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]