State St. Bridge To Close

Melissa Bailey File PhotoTraffic will be rerouted for one year beginning Monday, as the state embarks on a long-awaited project to rebuild the crumbling bridge that takes State Street over the Mill River.

The bridge, which was built in the 1920s and has a deteriorating foundation, is being replaced by the state.

The closure is set to last from Monday until October 2011, according to city spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga.

Detours for cars and pedestrians will be posted.

The project was awarded to C.J. Fucci, Inc. on April 2, 2009 at a cost of just over $5 million, according to Mayorga. It is scheduled for completion in February 2012.

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posted by: Alphonse Credenza on October 18, 2010  2:08pm

ONE YEAR?  ONE ENTIRE YEAR TO FIX THE BRIDGE?

posted by: anon on October 18, 2010  2:14pm

Did the contractor / ConnDOT include direct substitute pedestrian accommodations and agree to maintain them throughout the duration of construction, as requested by community members? 

Or do they expect pedestrians to walk a mile around the site, on dark and dangerous roads, to get to their destinations?

When Yale rebuilt its bridges, it provided pedestrian access.  Not to do so is simply unacceptable, by any progressive standard.

Cars can easily drive around the site—I assume all the people making decisions here, and the contractors, drive everywhere, but the majority of New Haven citizens do not.

posted by: A better idea on October 18, 2010  2:21pm

In Canada they now pre-build the bridges and it only shuts down the roads for a week.

posted by: Cedarhillresident on October 18, 2010  2:36pm

link
http://www.gm2inc.com/projects/state-street/

posted by: Cedarhillresident on October 18, 2010  3:17pm

not sure but there is a foot bridge behind the ice rink…not sure if that is closed or not. if you went over it you may have to walk threw the construction site.

posted by: Edward Francis on October 18, 2010  3:27pm

Seems like quite a long time projection to complete this project.

posted by: Vinny G on October 18, 2010  3:28pm

The DOT is responsible for coming up with a pedestrian detour plan in conjunction with the local municipality.  The contractor would implement it. 

The State St bridge is below the I91 SB bridge.  Working under the limited access conditions is not the easiest.  Abatement and environmental clean up would proceed before any demolition of the super structure. 
Lets not forget the time of year.  The contractor is entering the winter season.  Not the greatest condition for productivity.

posted by: Gretchen Pritchard on October 19, 2010  1:48am

Most of the other recent bridge rebuilding projects have taken at least a year—the bridge taking Chapel Street over the railroad tracks to Wooster Square took at least that long; so did the bridge at State and Olive.  The Ferry Street bridge was out for, what, two and a half years?

I don’t know enough to know whether it’s out of line on any kind of absolute scale, but it’s certainly not out of line by recent standards in this area.

posted by: Ben Berkowitz on October 19, 2010  8:42am

Those are all excuses that can be overcome Vinny,
There is a pedestrian bridge just north across the flood gates and the State needs to figure out how to rout people that way.

posted by: Cedarhillresident on October 19, 2010  8:53am

Ben I agree as a resident of a community who will be directly effect by the lack of a foot path in the area there has to be a way…I looked at it and it is possible to to a walk over the bridge and have a gravel semi covered travel behind where the work site is and remove a piece of where the link fence is on state street to come out. Not at all costly. And a very simple fix

posted by: Vinny G on October 19, 2010  8:59am

Ben every thing can be overcome with money. 
I have not seen the plans for the State St bridge.  May be your right about the pedestrian foot bridge.  May be your not and there is an alternative route preconceived by the DOT.

posted by: Steve B on October 19, 2010  10:58am

Gee, both the car and truck detours go through Fair Haven. Why am I not surprised that East Rock residents will be off the hook while Fair Haven gets to enjoy lots of extra auto and truck traffic and substantial air pollution for a year.

Makes sense to pile it on the neighborhood that’s already taking the brunt.

For trucks, Willow/Orange/Edwards would be a much shorter detour than Blatchley/Lombard/James/Grand/East. But I’m not the least bit surprised that my neighborhood will get the shaft on this one.

posted by: Steve B on October 19, 2010  11:08am

From and environmental justice standpoint, not to mention improving the flow of traffic during the closure, it would make sense to reroute motor vehicle traffic through East Rock in the southbound direction and Fair Haven in the northbound direction, substantially reducing the amount of left-turning traffic on and off of State Street, and distributing the traffic impact among a wider group instead of concentrating it on a small number of residential streets, including passing several schools.

And I wholeheartedly agree that a better pedestrian detour is essential. These detours add at least 1.2 miles to a trip across the Mill River. That’s close to 30 minutes of extra walking.

posted by: Jim Martin on October 19, 2010  12:34pm

There are many street closures throughout the city causing traffic congestion.Can we get a plan in New Haven to finish a project and open a street before closing down another street? Yale shuts down streets whenever they want choking access to the north end of the city.

posted by: robn on October 19, 2010  4:50pm

Gee…what a bargain. $5M is about $50,000 per linear foot of bridge.

Nice work if you can get it.

posted by: Cedarhillresident on October 20, 2010  8:10am

Robn
I was thinking the same thing. This is a stationery bridge.  And a small one? maybe there are some other factor involved in it?

But back to the foot path see the foot bridge behind the metal thing…can this not be used?
http://www.gm2inc.com/projects/state-street/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/IMG_0359.JPG

posted by: anon on October 20, 2010  11:14am

Posted on SeeClickFix http://www.seeclickfix.com/issues/10

posted by: davec on October 20, 2010  2:16pm

Tear down the locks and free the Mill River! 
We should be able to canoe from the Orange Street Bridge to Savin Rock if we want to.

posted by: Sodoomed on October 21, 2010  9:06am

Fun fact: China can build two hundred miles of high-speed rail line in nine months. This sclerotic country is doomed.

posted by: Vinny G on October 21, 2010  10:44am

China has no controlled work safety and environmental guidelines to follow.

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