The bridges are part of ConnDOT’s Bridge Program which evaluates rehabilitation work based on a continuous assessment of the remaining useful life of bridges and their need to be replaced or rehabilitated. As part of this program, ConnDOT has determined that the bridges involved are reaching the end of their useful life and warrant rehabilitation. This rehabilitation is necessary at this time to avoid excessive deterioration of the structure and to ensure a long and reliable life for the bridges in the future. The new structure will have modern weathering steel beams that require no paint or maintenance over their anticipated 75 year lifespan.
The footprint of Route 8/25 will remain unchanged in the final configuration. The expressway has ample room to current traffic and future increased traffic. There are also no safety concerns with the current alignment of the roadways, so re-alignments are not required. Minor changes are proposed for the northbound exit ramp at Lindley Street. An additional lane will be added to the end of the ramp to make more room for turning vehicles onto Lindley Street. The intersection at the Lindley Street ramp will be upgraded along with the intersection of Lindley Street and Route 1 (North Avenue).
Yes. During two short term construction windows, one side of Route 8/25 will be closed for approximately two weeks. Traffic will be detoured across the median to the opposite side of the highway. The opposing traffic will be separated by concrete barriers for safety.
There will be short term closures of Lindley Street and Capitol Avenue during these periods to allow for the rapid construction. Local road detours will be used to accommodate local traffic.
During the replacement of the Route 8 Southbound Bridge, there will be two lanes open southbound and three lanes open northbound. During the replacement of the Route 8 Northbound bridges, there will be three lanes open northbound and two lanes open southbound.
Yes. There will be two 2-week construction periods where construction will be 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
Route 8’s bridge replacements will be for two 2-week periods during the Summer of 2016.
More information can be found at our Public Information Meeting, Thursday, March 31, 2016, between the hours of 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, in Bridgeport, CT.
The anticipated completion date is September, 2016.
Prefabricated Bridge Units (PBUs) are currently being built in the construction area along Route 8 NB at Exit 5. In early summer of 2016, these PBUs will be transported to the Lindley Street and Capital Avenue sites to be set in place once the existing structures have been removed.
When the Lindley Street Bridge was built, the land adjacent to the Lindley Street Bridge was a parking lot for the Bridgeport Machine Company. Closure of the parking lot would have left the site with virtually no parking. The State decided at that time to build over the parking lot instead of displacing the company that was a significant part of the Bridgeport industrial community. Unfortunately the company no longer exists on the site, therefore the State has secured permanent right of way under the bridge in order to eliminate spans in lieu of earth fill.
Yes. The Lindley Street NB exit 4 off ramp is being widened to add a right turn lane. Additionally, a right turn lane is being added to Lindley Street at the intersection of North Avenue.
The concrete retaining walls are being built to eliminate 5 of the 7 spans of the Lindley Street Viaduct. Eliminating these spans will reduce future maintenance are replacement costs.
Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) makes use of prefabricated elements to minimize the amount of work on site. The beams and deck for these bridges will be built along Route 8 NB at Exit 5 in the gore area . Once they are completed, they can brought to the site and be quickly installed with minimal impact to the traveling public. ABC was selected for this site due to the high volume of traffic on Route 8/25 and the potential impact on travelers. By employing ABC, the impacts to Route 8/25 traffic are reduced from two years to approximately one month.
Design-Build is an alternative project delivery method where the owner selects a design and build team to completed the design and construction of the project. This is a good method when time is of the essence since the design and construction phases can be overlapped. This method also allows the partners to come up with new ideas for how to get the job done more efficiently by using the contractor’s strengths.
The estimated project construction cost is $35 million.
Federal Highway funds are being use to cover 80 percent of the cost, with the remaining 20 percent being paid for by the State of Connecticut. The City of Bridgeport is not responsible for the costs of the project.
This website will be updated on a regular basis leading up to the start of construction.
During construction, up to date project information will be posted on the website under “News and Updates” http://rt8bridgeport.com/news-and-updates.
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