The Connecticut Department of Transportation advises the following construction activities for the upcoming week:
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
- No work this week.
- Crews will perform bottom chord repairs on Span 2.
- Crews will continue with bridge painting.
- Crews will be installing conduit on the Swing Span.
- Crews will continue with the Span 1 deck replacement.
- Crews will continue with repair work of the swing span’s mechanical and electrical systems.
- Crews will be working on Span 1 deck replacement.
63-Hour Bridge Closure:
- Full bridge closure to vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. The scheduled time of this closure is Sunday 8pm until Wednesday 11am.
- Single lane closures on Route 82 will occur Wednesday through Friday between 9am-3pm within the project limits, traffic flaggers will coordinate the alternating traffic sequence.
- All lanes will be reopened and operational during peak traffic hours.
- The East Haddam Swing Bridge’s schedule for limited openings to boats will be as follows (until further notice):
- Two openings on Thursday’s – 10am & 1pm
- Two openings on Saturday’s – 10am & 1pm
- Two openings on Sunday’s – 10am & 1pm
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.
Also, the contractor has temporarily removed some 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.
Motorist alternative options to cross the Connecticut River during these overnight bridge closures 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:
- Weekend work is not anticipated.
- Click here to read full details on 63-hour bridge closure schedule.
- 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 WEBCAMS for monitoring traffic conditions on the bridge (one on each side of the river) and tide board clearance for maritime are available 24/7, 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.
- The construction work is currently on schedule.
If you have any questions related to construction, please send an e-mail to [email protected]