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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Public meeting on Route 8 bridge project set for Oct. 29

A public meeting on the rehabilitation project of the Route 8 bridge over the Housatonic River in Shelton and Derby has been scheduled for Oct. 29, Rep. Theresa Conroy announced in a release.

The meeting, hosted by the state Department of Transportation, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Shelton City Hall, 54 Hill St., Shelton.

“DOT will have personnel on hand to answer any questions on the project,” Conroy said in a release. “The bridge is nearly 65 years old and is in need of significant work.”

The bridge was last rehabbed in 1990 when additional trusses were added to increase the width to allow for the addition of on and off ramps, the release states. The proposed project (Bridge No. 0571A) consists of the steel repair, localized painting, substructure repair, upgrade of the lower inspection catwalk, and general repairs to the bridge fencing, railing and drainage system.

Work is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2017 and be completed in the fall of 2018. Plans will be available for public review at the meeting.

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