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    Monday, July 22, 2024

    Public invited to weigh in on Gold Star Memorial Bridge sidewalk proposal

    Aerial view of the Gold Star Bridge over the Thames River between New London and Groton on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)
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    New London ― The public is invited to comment Monday on a state plan to improve pedestrian and cyclist access to the Gold Star Memorial Bridge.

    The state Department of Transportation will host a presentation and question-and-answer session at 7 p.m. at New London City Hall, 181 State St., related to planned improvements to the Interstate 95 southbound bridge sidewalk.

    The project calls for widening the existing 5-foot-wide sidewalk, along with the east and west approaches to the bridge. A spur path will be added connecting to Williams Street in New London. The Bridge Street intersection in Groton will also be reconfigured to allow for easier bridge access.

    The $55.5 million project, tentatively slated to begin in 2028, will be 90% funded with federal funds and the remainder covered with state money.

    The in-person meeting will also be available via Zoom. Registration for the virtual public information meeting is at https://portal.ct.gov/DOTGoldStar94-267VPIM. Registration is required to participate virtually.

    Members of the public can submit comments and questions during the two-week public comment period after the meeting. Comments and questions can be submitted by July 8 to DOT.GoldStarBridgeProjects@ct.gov or (860) 594-2020.

    Comment threads are monitored for 48 hours after publication and then closed.