Maritime Alert – August 18, 2023

The Connecticut Department of Transportation announces the following:


The section of suspended scaffold beneath the bridge that the contractor had temporarily removed back in April will be reinstalled on Wednesday 8/23/23. This section is in Span 4 (the channel that is closest to the East Haddam shoreline).


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 to the contractor’s suspended scaffold.


The schedule for bridge openings for tall marine vessels is as follows:

                  Monday through Thursday at 10am, 1pm, and 4pm.

                  Friday through Sunday at 10am, 1pm, 4pm, and 6pm.

These scheduled openings will be in place until further notice.

Boaters are advised that the swing span is still in a state of disrepair, if during an opening, something occurs that could potentially put the bridge at risk, all future openings will be canceled until further notice.

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

Please be advised:

                  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.

                  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.


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