BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A project to replace the deteriorating 80-year-old Arctic Street bridge with a new structure will disrupt traffic for six months, the city of Bridgeport announced.
The project will temporarily close Arctic Street from Helen Street to Seaview Avenue, beginning Monday, Jan. 9. The bridge carries Arctic Street over Pembroke Lakes.
The new structure has low initial and life-cycle costs, minimizes the impact to local residents, and requires minimal maintenance, said a city announcement.
The project also includes 200 feet of pavement reconstruction at the approaches to the bridge. There will also be new concrete sidewalks along each side of Arctic Street, and a new roadside safety guide rail.
The exposed gas main will be relocated under the bridge to eliminate the safety hazard to traffic.
The project will take eight months to complete, including six months of heavy construction and two months of restoration, site cleanup and miscellaneous work, the city of Bridgeport said.
A detour that is about six-tenths miles in length will be set up during the bridge construction.
Traffic will be redirected on Helen Street and Seaview Avenue to go around the site by means of Barnum Avenue.
Access will be provided to all abutting property owners at all times during construction.
The Arctic Street Bridge was built in 1934. The overall structure is in poor condition with distress and deterioration to its primary components, the city said. The existing bridge lacks adequate safety measures for vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the city said.
The work includes removing the existing structure to its foundation and constructing a 40-foot span that is supported on abutments located behind the existing foundation.
This approach allows for the replacement of the bridge with minimal impact to the surrounding environment.
The bridge will use concrete form liner to create an aesthetically pleasing structure.
For more information, contact Bridgeport City Engineer Jon Urquidi at 203-576-7211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .