Reduced vertical clearance for motor vehicles announced – May 18, 2023

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing reduced vertical clearance for motor vehicles on the East Haddam Swing Bridge.


The contractor will be completing the installation of an overhead gantry (moveable crane) on the westerly portion of the bridge during tonight’s overnight closure. The horizontal beam of this gantry will temporarily reduce the vertical clearance on the bridge, motorist are advised that the vertical clearance on the bridge will be reduced to 14’-6” while the gantry is in place. Effective Friday, May 19, 6am when the bridge reopens to motor vehicles.


Vehicles exceeding 14’-6” in height should use the alternate options to cross the Connecticut River.



Motorist alternative options to cross the Connecticut River during these hours will be as follows:


  • Traveling to/from the South – Use the signed detour utilizing the Baldwin Bridge (I-95 Old Saybrook).


  • Traveling to/from the North – utilize the Arrigoni Bridge (Middletown-Portland).


Please be advised:

  • You can sign up to receive TEXT Alert 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]