Department of Transportation
Mar 5, 2014

Public Info. Meeting - Bridge No. 03523, Cromwell RT.3 Shunpike Road, RT.9 Chester Bowles Highway

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Information Meeting concerning the rehabilitation of Bridge No. 03523, which carries Route 3 (Shunpike Road) over Route 9 (Chester Bowles Highway) in Cromwell.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Room No. 224/5 of the Cromwell Town Hall, 41 West Street, Cromwell, Connecticut.  In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. 


This project involves the rehabilitation of Bridge No. 03523, which was built in 1967, and carries Route 3 (Shunpike Road) over Route 9 (Chester Bowles Highway) between Cromwell Hills Drive and Evergreen Road.  It is a five-span bridge with Span No. 2 over Route 9 southbound and Span No. 4 over Route 9 northbound.  Route 3 at this location is classified as an Urban Minor Arterial with an average daily traffic count of 10,600 vehicles, 5 percent of which is truck traffic.  Route 9 is classified as an Urban Principal Arterial. The bridge consists of reinforced concrete abutments and piers, which support the steel girder superstructure and reinforced concrete deck.  The total length is 512.33-feet, the out-to-out deck width is 51.5 feet and the skew angle is 55 degrees.  The bridge carries two 12-foot northbound lanes with a 1-foot shoulder and one 14.42-foot southbound lane with a 6.58-foot shoulder.  There is also a 1.5-foot safety walk on each side of the bridge.


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 approved alternative is to perform structural repairs, full structural steel painting, and make the deck continuous for live load.  This alternative consists of removing the existing finger joints, installing a link slab to make the deck continuous and eliminate joints, installing new approach slabs, replacing the existing asphaltic plug  joints with strip seal joint systems, replacing the bridge deck membrane and overlay, patching the topside of the deck concrete, repairing the underside of deck concrete, steel girder repairs, abrasive blast cleaning and painting of the structural steel, repairing defective welds, replacing all bearings, modifying the parapet, installing protective fence, patching the substructure concrete, and replacing the scuppers and bridge drainage system.   


Construction is anticipated to start in spring 2015, assuming acceptance of the project, availability of funding, and receipt of any required environmental permits.  The estimated construction cost is $8,000,000 and it is anticipated that funding will be 100 percent State Fix-it-First Transportation Initiative.


Maintenance and protection of traffic on Route 3 during the parapet modifications, link slab installation and backwall/approach slab construction will be accomplished in stages, while maintaining two lanes during each stage. It is anticipated that these activities will require three stages of construction. The maintenance and protection of traffic along Route 9 under Bridge No. 03523 will be accomplished with temporary shoulder and lane closures.  Many of the recommended repair activities can also be performed during off-peak travel times, during overnight hours, or over the weekend.  No impacts to private property are anticipated and 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 (Town Managerís Office). 


All persons interested in this project are welcome to attend this meeting and discuss the project with Department personnel.




Location: Room No. 224/5, Cromwell Town Hall, 41 West Street, Cromwell, Connecticut 06416
This event is 6 miles from you (06111).

7 PM

Contact: Andrew J. Cardinali, Project Engineer, Bureau of Engineering and Construction
Phone: (860) 594-3315
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