Waterford - At a sparsely attended informational meeting Tuesday, state Department of Transportation officials outlined the replacement of the Jordan Brook bridge and its impact on the brook and nearby residents.
The bridge, across from the Brookside Mobile Home Park and near the intersection of Boston Post Road and Reynolds Lane, was built in 1916. The state says it is in poor condition and needs to be replaced.
Although the design is only 30 percent complete and construction isn't slated to begin until the fall of 2015, DOT officials wanted to inform residents of their plan to install a temporary bridge and notify them about who will be impacted by the early stages of the work. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.
There are only four properties, including the trailer park, that will be affected by the construction of the temporary bridge or the regrading necessary for the replacement of the original bridge, according to Derrick Ireland, DOT project coordinator. He said that in 2014 the state will send letters to the property owners notifying them of the property acquisition procedures. This process is normal, he said, when a state construction process involves residential properties.
The project is expected to cost $3.4 million with 80 percent of the funding from the federal government and the rest from the state.
The bridge was recommended for replacement because the "deck shows cracks, large spalls and exposed rebar ... the abutments show cracks, voids and spalls ... and the wingwalls show spalls and evidence of scour," according to the presentation made Tuesday evening.
"There are several pieces of concrete that are falling off and holes that you can probe your hand into," said Tim Ryan, a consultant from BL Companies. The state has hired the firm to supervise the design of the bridge.
In 2008, the state's Bridge Safety Department added the Route 1 bridge to a list submitted to the Department of Transportation after it received a rating of three on a scale of zero to nine. Louis D. Bacho, DOT transportation supervising engineer, said Tuesday that a bridge has to score below a five to be added to the annual list, which is made up of about 10 to 15 bridges throughout the state.
Bridge inspectors noted that its substructure and abutments were in poor condition and inspections started on the bridge every six months instead of every two years.
The bridge was last inspected in January. A temporary bridge will be installed to the north of the current bridge to allow traffic to continuously flow during construction and will have 11-foot wide travel lanes and a 4-foot wide sidewalk.
Five permits are required for the construction of the bridge because of the nearby wetlands. The project will affect less than 5,000 square feet of wetlands, and project engineers must acquire stormwater permits and two permits from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection before construction.