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DOT To Explain Work Needed On Saugatuck River Bridge In Westport

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe will be at a Public Informational/Public Scoping meeting on June 15 at 7 p.m. to discuss the findings of the Rehabilitation Study Report (“RSR”) related to the Saugatuck River Bridge.
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe will be at a Public Informational/Public Scoping meeting on June 15 at 7 p.m. to discuss the findings of the Rehabilitation Study Report (“RSR”) related to the Saugatuck River Bridge. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Connecticut Department of Transportation will hold a Public Informational/Public Scoping meeting on June 15 at 7 p.m. in Westport to discuss the findings of the Rehabilitation Study Report on the Saugatuck River Bridge.

The state is recommending rehabilitation work on the bridge.

The meeting will take place in the Town Hall Auditorium at 110 Myrtle Ave. The formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m. with an open forum for individual discussions with DOT officials beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The bridge, which is also known as the William F. Cribari Bridge, is a historic swing bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“The RSR has been a much discussed topic over the past several months given the existing and proposed historic designation of the bridge," First Selectman Jim Marpe said. "The impact on traffic flow and related safety along Bridge Street, Green’s Farms Road and in the Saugatuck area of any possible remediation is also of great concern. I invite all Westporters and interested individuals to attend in order to understand the relevant facts from the engineers who have conducted the study."

He added, "I anticipate that the report will address questions related to the bridge’s structural and functional deficiencies, the criticality of the deficiencies, the alternatives studied and costs associated with each. We look forward to having these important questions answered, and to having the opportunity to discuss the report and the proposed project directly with DOT officials.”

The complete RSR report is available by clicking here . Copies of the report will also be available at the Town Hall meeting on June 15.

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