New Canaan bridge replacement estimated at $1.1M
Updated 10:22 am, Sunday, July 14, 2013
The boards of Selectmen and Finance approved money for the replacement of the Huckleberry Hill Road bridge Tuesday.
"The bridge is from 1911. The footings are undermined, scoured," Steve Rourke of New England Infrastructure, Inc., the firm hired to build the new bridge, said at the BOS meeting Tuesday morning. "The replacement is going to be somewhat similar appearance to the existing bridge, it will be timber and with a stone façade."
Scouring is when the current of a river or body of water washes away the dirt or sediment surrounding the bridge supports underwater.
New Canaan Director of Public Works Mike Pastore said that at 102 years old, the bridge is probably the oldest in town. The money for the bridge, about $1.1 million in total, comes from funds left over after a 2010 bond offering for the replacement of six bridges, Pastore said.
"The last two bridges, Ponus and Wahackme, we looked at them again and again and decided they can be repaired. We're pleased with the repair, we think it'll last as long as a new one would," Pastore told the Board of Finance. With the money saved by making repairs, the town could use the money, already bonded, for a new bridge on Huckleberry Hill Road.
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The bridge crosses the Silvermine River just before it opens up into Silvermine Pond. Huckleberry Hill Road is a quiet, tree-lined road which intersects with Valley Road just north of Silver Hill Hospital.
"It's a nice bridge and people like to walk that bridge and stand on it," Pastore said.
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