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Carlo Leone

Representing Stamford & Darien

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Leone, Fox Welcome State Funding for Replacement of Route 1 Bridge Over I-95 in Stamford

STAMFORD—The State Bond Commission today approved $20 million to replace the Route 1 bridge over Interstate 95 in downtown Stamford, a move that two Democratic members of Stamford’s legislative delegation say is necessary.

The elevated portion of Route 1 passes over I-95 between Seaside Avenue and Courtland Avenue. Funding for the bridge replacement—which is schedule to go out to bid on February 28—comes from the 2015 state bonding bill, which received an overwhelmingly bipartisan 138-9 vote in the state House of Representatives but a very partisan 24-12 vote in the state Senate.

“This is a big project, and it’s critical to maintaining and improving our road infrastructure. It’s a really, really big deal. This is one of the most heavily traveled bridges in Connecticut that the state is committed to replacing,” Sen. Leone said. “The successful completion of this project will require a lot of staging, it will require some traffic re-routing, but in the end the DOT will get this bridge replaced over a weekend. The new bridge will also include some safety netting for the protection of pedestrians. Even with some of the difficult financial choices we are facing regarding transportation infrastructure projects in Connecticut, this Route 1 bridge replacement is a priority and is something we’re committed to getting done.”

“Investing in transportation is necessary for our state economy and job growth,” Rep. Fox said. “The bridge replacement project will be a huge infrastructure improvement for the district. I want to thank the governor for his efforts in working to move Stamford and our state forward.”

The Route 1 bridge, formally known as Bridge No. 00037, was built in 1958 and carries 30,000 vehicles a day over a portion of I-95 which has an average traffic volume of 140,000 vehicles a day. This bridge is a dual simple span steel built-up girder and concrete deck system; the concrete deck has been rated poor (Condition Rating 4) while the steel beams are rated satisfactory (Condition Rating 5) with minor areas of peeling paint and rusting and minor section losses on the webs. The bridge’s substructure components are in overall satisfactory condition, except for the pier caps and columns, which have random hairline cracks, patched areas with signs of leakage, random hollow areas, and previously repaired cracks by injection methods leading to a poor rating (Condition Rating 4).

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