Lake Avenue bridge to be replaced

As part of a bridge replacement, a portion of Lake Avenue will have to be closed starting in late June.

The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the closure at its May 22 meeting to allow for the bridge over Horseneck Brook to be replaced. The bridge was built in 1928 and rehabilitated in 1987, and additional work is needed now after it received a rating of “poor” from the state’s Department of Transportation due to the discovery of random patterns of cracking, discoloration and joint leakage during a regular inspection.

Town senior civil engineer Frank Petise explained that while the existing abutments for the bridge do not need work, the superstructure itself will have to be removed.

This involves taking out the existing concrete deck units and masonry parapets and replacing them with seven new pre-stressed concrete deck units, which will be placed on top of the existing abutments. Mr. Petise said the work will not change the look of the bridge at all.

Because of this, the portion of Lake Avenue north of Woodale Road will be closed from June 23 to Aug. 26 and will necessitate a detour. Mr. Petise said the three-mile-long detour would utilize Grahampton Lane and Clapboard Ridge Road.

“We hope the closure will be shorter than that time frame,” Mr. Petise said. “It just depends on certain variables like unforeseen issues during construction like weather.”

This is part of an ongoing bridge improvement project from the town’s Department of Public Works and is comparable to what was recently done on John Street, which was completed last November. Mr. Petise noted to the selectmen that the John Street bridge project led to an award for the department from the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers.

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