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Publicly invited to the virtual informational meeting on the replacement of bridge #00279, which carries Lawler Lane over I-395 in Norwich
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will host a virtual public information event on the replacement of Bridge #00279, which carries Lawler Lane over I-395 DDecember 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place on Zoom and registration is required. A question-and-answer (Q&A) session follows immediately after the presentation. The presentation will be recorded. For instructions on how to access the meeting, how to comment and ask questions, please contact Visit 0103-0277 Norwich (ct.gov).
The virtual public information meeting will be held to give the public and local community an opportunity to comment or ask questions about the proposed project.
Built in 1958, reconstructed in 1983 and preserved in 2017, the structure has a large area of concrete damage, according to inspection by the Department of Bridge Safety and Assessment of the Ministry. Due to the extent of the deterioration of Bridge #00279, the original project scope was changed from a refurbishment to a full replacement of the bridge, taking into account future cost savings and a longer lifespan.
A phased construction process will be used to minimize the impact on the traveling public during construction. The bridge will be demolished in stages. Since one side serves traffic, the other will be demolished and rebuilt. Once one side is built, it will be opened to traffic and the second phase of the bridge will be built. Traffic is maintained and secured on the free lane with the help of temporary signalisation. Those affected by the construction work will be those living in Lawler Lane and the surrounding area and using the bridge on a daily basis. The bridge and I-395 are open to traffic during peak hours and may be subject to temporary and limited closures during off-peak hours.
The new bridge will allow for the current substandard vertical clearance to be increased to 16 feet from I-395, which meets Interstate Vertical Clearance requirements for oversized military vehicle transit.
The right-of-way impact associated with the proposed project will be minimal and limited to embankment relief.
Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2024 based on funding availability, project schedule and rights-of-way acquisition. The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $7.5 million. This project is expected to be 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds for the design phase and 100 percent state funds for the construction phase.The project is marked as State Project No. 0103-0277.
Those with limited Internet access can listen to the meeting by calling (877) 853-5257 and entering the meeting ID 848-6704-5639. Those with hearing and/or speech impairments can dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).Even people with limited internet access can request project information to be sent within a week under Contact Jonathan Kempf (860-594-3308; [email protected]).
Language support may be requested by contacting the CTDOT language support phone number (860) 594-2109. Applications should be made at least five business days before the meeting. Language support is provided to the public free of charge and efforts are made to respond to requests for support in a timely manner.
This meeting will also be live streamed on the CTDOT YouTube channel and no registration is required. Non-English subtitles will be available on Zoom and YouTube. The recording will also be posted immediately after the meeting on the CTDOT Virtual Public Gatherings List at portal.ct.gov/ctdotVPIMarchive.
Members of the public may submit comments and questions during the two-week post-session public comment period. Please send comments and questions by December 27th to [email protected] and (860) 594 2020 or atJonathan Kempf (860-594-3308; [email protected]). Please include the State Project No. in the email or voicemail. 0103-0277.
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