WESTPORT, Conn. — The North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway in Westport is fully closing for rehabilitation work starting Monday, June 20.
The closure is necessary to facilitate ongoing construction activities, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
The bridge is expected to reopen by Thursday, Aug. 25.
Drivers heading north on North Avenue will be directed to take the Cross Highway nine-tenths of a mile west to Weston Road; the go three-tenths of a mile north on Weston Road; then 1.1 miles east on Easton Road to the intersection of Easton Road and North Avenue.
Those heading south on North Avenue will be directed to take Easton Road 1.1 miles west to Weston Road; the three-tenths of a mile south on Weston Road; nine-tenths of a mile east on Cross Highway to the intersection of Cross Highway and North Avenue.
In addition, the Merritt Parkway will have overnight lane closures at the following times:
- Mondays to Thursdays, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Fridays, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- Sundays, 8 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Numerous crashes caused by illegal oversize vehicles on the Merritt have compromised the integrity of the temporary support system, DOT said.
A different system with greater clearance will be used. The work will improve the structural deficiencies and preserve the integrity of the bridge.
The rehabilitation project consists of a total overhaul of the bridge, including removal of the western spandrel, concrete patch repair of the underside and surface, as well as full deck replacement.
Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman of Branford was awarded the $2.8 million contract in March 2015. All work is expected to be completed by Sept. 15.
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