Half of century-old Conn. bridge will open to two-lane traffic while other half is rebuilt

road work cones constructionTwo-lane traffic is expected to resume on the East Center Street bridge over Wharton Brook in Connecticut by the end of December 2016.

Myrecordjournal.com reports that crews are replacing one half of the bridge at a time, so traffic is restricted to one lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

By the end of Demember, two-way traffic will be diverted to the completed side of the bridge so the crew can build the other half of the bridge. A pedestrian bridge will be added to the sidewalk of the completed half of the bridge to allow pedestrians to cross the bridge safely.

Work began in August on the 102-year-old bridge, which had been determined to be “structurally deficient,” Connecticut Department of Transportation spokesman John Nursick told the news agency. The bridge project should be completed by the end of 2018 at an estimated cost to the state of approximately $6 million.