Swing Bridge Project - BUILD Grant - East Haddam

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  • Swing Bridge Project - BUILD Grant

    Date: August 8, 2018

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Towns of East Haddam and Haddam and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments submitted a grant application on July 18, 2018 to the Federal Department of Transportation for a “BUILD” (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Grant to create a cantilevered walkway on the East Haddam / Haddam Swing Bridge. The Towns are requesting $18,280,000 dollars in BUILD Grant funding for a pedestrian and bicycle access across the Connecticut River.  Broken down this includes approach sidewalks on the Haddam side ($1.923 million) and the East Haddam side ($357,000) along with a cantilevered walkway ($16 million) alongside south side of the East Haddam / Haddam Swing Bridge.  This bridge (Connecticut Department of Transportation Bridge #01138) carries CT Route 82 over the Connecticut River and is the only connection between the Towns of East Haddam and Haddam.  The proposed work requested in this grant would be done concurrently with the scheduled Connecticut Department of Transportation rehabilitation of the existing Swing Bridge. The Swing Bridge was originally constructed in 1913 and has a total length of approximately 885 feet.  The project would connect the two sides of the Connecticut River creating a walkable / bikeable, multimodal (car, train, marine, and airport) village that will open opportunities for economic growth through tourism and providing opportunities, local services, and create a safe livable community. The partners in this application are the Towns of East Haddam and Haddam, the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments and the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT).  The East Haddam / Haddam Swing Bridge is located in a rural portion of Connecticut according to the most recent U.S. Census report.

    There is going to be $1.5 billion dollars appropriated in 2018 with $450 million dedicated to rural communities.  Grant are scheduled to be awarded in December of 2018.

    BUILD Grant Application