The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Information Meeting concerning the rehabilitation of Bridge No. 03361, which carries U.S. Route 5 over Route 190, in the town of Enfield. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Enfield Town Hall, 820 Enfield Street, Enfield Connecticut. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
This project involves the rehabilitation of Bridge No. 03361, which was built in 1966, and carries U.S. Route 5 (Enfield Street) over Route 190 (Hazard Avenue) between Frew Terrace and Franklin Street. It is a two-span bridge with Span No. 1 over Route 190 eastbound and Span No. 2 over Route 190 westbound. U.S. Route 5 at this location is classified as an Urban Other Principal Arterial, with an average daily traffic count of 11,400 vehicles, 6 percent of which is truck traffic. Route 190 is an Urban Minor Arterial. The bridge consists of a reinforced concrete pier and abutments, which support the continuous steel plate girder superstructure and reinforced concrete deck. The total length is 239 feet, the out-to-out deck width is 53.7-feet and the skew angle is 5 degree. Each direction of traffic on the bridge has two 10-foot lanes with no shoulders for a 40-foot curb-to-curb width, and two 5.5-foot wide sidewalks (two southbound lanes and two northbound lanes).
At this time, the project is nearing completion of the preliminary design phase. The Rehabilitation Study Report (RSR) and recommended scope have been approved, and the project will soon progress into the final design phase. The report’s approved alternative consists of: permanent removal of the east sidewalk and parapet modifications; replacement of the bridge deck joints; replacement of the bridge deck membrane and overlay; replacement of the protective fence; re-striping the bridge with three traffic lanes and shoulders (one southbound lane, one northbound lane, and one alternating left turn lane); patching deck concrete from the top; repairing underside of deck concrete; removal of the wide concrete haunches over the travel ways; repairing steel girders as necessary; full painting of both fascia girders; spot painting of the structural steel including girder ends and fixed bearings; replacement of expansion bearings with elastomeric bearings; and patching substructure concrete. The final roadway configuration will have three 11-foot lanes with two 6-foot shoulders for a 45-foot curb-to-curb width and one 5.6-foot wide sidewalk.
Construction is anticipated to commence in spring 2015, assuming acceptance of the project, availability of funding, and receipt of any required environmental permits. The estimated construction cost is $4,200,000 and it is anticipated that funding will be 100 percent State Fix-it-First Transportation Initiative.
Maintenance and protection of traffic can be accomplished while repair activities are performed maintaining at least three lanes of U.S. Route 5 traffic. Travel lanes, during construction, shall be a minimum of 11-feet wide and shoulders a minimum of 1-foot wide. Deck joint replacement, membrane and overlay replacement, and deck patching will require short duration, off-peak lane closures. Maintenance and protection of traffic for approach widening and repairs under the bridge over Route 190 can be accomplished with temporary shoulder and lane closures. Based on the State highway boundary map, the width of the U.S. Route 5 right-of-way at the site is approximately 160-feet; therefore, there is no rights-of-way involvement associated with this project.
The Public Information Meeting is being held to afford a full opportunity for public participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have prior to progressing the proposed project into the final design stage.
Plans will be available for public review. Department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project. More detailed information is available at the Department's Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Anyone wishing to review the plans may contact Mr. Andrew J. Cardinali, Project Engineer, at (860) 594-3315. Plans will also be available for review at the (Public Work’s Office).
All persons interested in this project are welcome to attend this meeting and discuss the project with Department personnel.
INCLEMENT WEATHER DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014
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