Westport bridge over I-95 to close in January for replacement

Starting Jan. 4, 2021, the Beachside Avenue bridge over I-95 in Westport will be closed for more than nine months, the state Department of Transportation has announced.

Starting Jan. 4, 2021, the Beachside Avenue bridge over I-95 in Westport will be closed for more than nine months, the state Department of Transportation has announced. “The closure is necessary to facilitate ongoing construction activities associated with the full replacement of the entire bridge structure,” the DOT said.

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WESTPORT - The Beachside Avenue bridge over I-95 will be closed for more than nine months starting Jan. 4, the state Department of Transportation has announced.

The closing is needed because the entire bridge- built in the late 1950s - will be replaced.

“The closure will remain in place until approximately Sept. 14, 2021. Signage will be in place to guide motorists around the closure with a short detour utilizing local roads,” the DOT said in a release.

“The project consists of the replacement of the existing structure with a two-span continuous steel girder superstructure with a precast concrete deck supported on Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge abutments and wing walls and a concrete pier at the I-95 median.”

The DOT also said the existing bridge geometry will be modified to realign the intersection of Beachside Avenue and Green Farms Road into a T- intersection.

“This modified geometry will provide a 12-foot travel lane and a 2-foot shoulder in each direction and a 5-foot sidewalk on the north side of the bridge. The structure will be 38.5 feet wide.

The Rotha Contracting Co., Inc. of Avon will be doing the the work on the $7,334,803 project.

The project is expected to be complete in December 2021.