Press Release - East Haddam Swing Bridge
|Date:||April 26, 2016|
Rep. Ziobron, East Haddam First Selectman Alert Area Residents of East Haddam Swing Bridge Emergency Construction Schedule
East Haddam — State Rep. Melissa Ziobron and First Selectman Mark B. Walter want to alert area residents to emergency “under carriage” construction on the East Haddam Swing Bridge.
The Coast Guard, which is in control of the operation schedule of the Route 82 Bridge across the Connecticut River in East Haddam, has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule. This deviation is necessary to allow the DOT, which owns the bridge, to perform emergency repairs to the bridge. This work will address the long standing electrical issues that have the plagued this historic structure.
The emergency repairs will include complicated mechanical and electrical work, which will correct failures of the bridge emergency drive system. These repairs will constitute periodic lane closures on the bridge. The DOT will be supplying message boards at specific locations providing motorists with advanced warnings of the lane closures. All police and emergency personnel will be allowed access to the bridge through the traffic control personnel on site.
Under this deviation, the bridge will only open on demand from April 18 until June 30, 2016, Monday – Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will require a two hour notice from the boater requesting the bridge opening. To schedule openings during these hours, please call the bridge at 860.873.8106. The bridge will only be opening at the request of the boater, not on the hour and half hour. According to the DOT the schedule is not impacted after 3:00 p.m. or on weekends – and the bridge will open to marine traffic as normal. All work is scheduled to be completed before July 1st.
“This information is extremely important for our boating community, but it should not be misconstrued as a temporary measure for the issues plaguing our motorists. The First Selectman and I are still pursuing a change to the current schedule with the Coast Guard and DOT. Unfortunately, the key liaison for this process recently retired, but the appropriate paperwork has been delivered to the Coast Guard. I appreciate United States Congressman Joe Courtney’s assistance and look forward to receiving an update from him very soon,” said Rep. Ziobron.
“We are looking forward to this work improving the mechanical and electrical reliability of the operation of our critical bridge and will do our best during continuing negotiations with the Coast Guard and the Department of Transportation to improve the current opening schedule for the benefit of the road traveling public,” said East Haddam First Selectman Mark B. Walter.
For more information on this temporary deviation, call Judy Leung-Yee, Project Officer, First Coast Guard District, at (212) 514-4330 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.