Scotland Road bridge to close Saturday through mid-August

Norwich — The detour signs have been up for weeks, and starting Saturday, the Scotland Road bridge just north of Andrea Lane will be closed through Aug. 16 as construction crews replace the bridge deck that carries the road over Interstate 395.

Scotland Road between Meadow Brook Road and Andrea Lane will be closed to all traffic for the $1.89 million project to replace the deteriorating bridge structure.

The long, rural, mostly residential road runs north-south and connects Norwichtown to Baltic. The state Department of Transportation has laid out a detour route from West Town Street using Plain Hill Road to White Plains Road, which intersects with Scotland Road north of the bridge closure. DOT officials said local residents may know other detour routes to get around the construction zone.

The business most affected by the closure is the Norwichtown Pet Resort & Spa at 763 Scotland Road. The pet boarding, grooming and day camp kennel sent customers a notice of the upcoming closure that offered three alternate routes to reach the pet resort from different starting points.

The bridge project consists of removing and replacing the bridge deck that carries Scotland Road over I-395 and associated work, including the reconstruction of the bridge approaches on Scotland Road. Some work will be done on I-395 beneath the bridge, but DOT officials said the highway would remain open throughout the project.

c.bessette@theday.com

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