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DOT Prepares For Meetings In Fairfield, Westport On Merritt Projects

Two upcoming meetings will discuss and outline the construction and resurfacing planned for the Merritt Parkway between Westport and Fairfield in 2017.
Two upcoming meetings will discuss and outline the construction and resurfacing planned for the Merritt Parkway between Westport and Fairfield in 2017. Photo Credit: Mapquest.com

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Connecticut Department of Transportation will hold public information meetings for the proposed safety improvements, resurfacing, enhancements and bridge improvements on the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) in Westport and Fairfield.

The first meeting will be in Westport at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Westport Town Hall Auditorium, 110 Myrtle Ave. A second meeting will take place in Fairfield at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at the North Stratfield Elementary School, 190 Putting Green Road.

The projects involve the resurfacing of Route 15 in both directions as well as various safety improvements from Newtown Turnpike in Westport to approximately 130-feet south of Congress Street in Fairfield for a total length of 4.95 miles. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017 at a cost of $60 million.

The projects also involves the rehabilitation and restoration of historic bridge structures in accordance with the “Merritt Parkway Bridge Restoration Guide," in addition to the rehabilitation of the existing landscaping by returning it to its original park-like setting.

Numerous bridges within the project will require minor cosmetic work (various parapet work, graffiti removal, surface and crack repairs to concrete, fencing, overlay, etc). Some bridges will require major work (removing the material on top of the bridge to expose the concrete arch or frame; repair any deteriorated sections; apply a waterproofing membrane; re-establish the roadway to its original profile; perform any necessary underside repairs; clean the bridge, etc.)

The project also involves rehabilitation of the bridge that crosses the Saugatuck River. This rehabilitation work includes concrete repairs; cleaning, repairing, and painting structural steel with a historically matched paint color; reconstruction of the historic bridge parapets; partial and full depth deck patching; application of a waterproofing membrane; and replacement of concrete headers and expansion joints. The rehabilitation work is slated to begin in spring 2017 with an estimated construction cost of $12 million.

Anyone who wants to discuss the projects should contact William W. Britnell at (860)-594-3274 or by e-mail at William.Britnell@ct.gov. Plans are also available for review at the Westport and Fairfield Town Halls.

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