Rehabilitation of West Hartford’s Mayflower Street bridge, which crosses I-84 just east of the South Main Street exit, will result in lane closures and detours.
By Ronni Newton
Major construction of the Mayflower Street bridge over I-84 is set to begin on or about the first week of March, according to a news release from the Town of West Hartford.
The Mayflower Street bridge is also known as the Joseph Lenihan Memorial Bridge, and was named in honor of Joseph Lenihan who grew up in West Hartford and died in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
The rehabilitation work, which includes replacement of the existing bridge deck, structural steel members, and parapets, is scheduled to take nine months. The project is estimated to cost $6.28 million, and will be paid for by state funds.
The work will be done in two stages beginning with the east side of the bridge, with one travel lane being kept open on Mayflower Street at all times. Alternating one-way traffic will be controlled by a temporary traffic signal. The bridge will remain open to pedestrian traffic.
The intersection of Boswell Road and Mayflower will be closed for the duration of the project with traffic detoured to Cottage Avenue and Crosshill Road. The northern intersection of Elmhurst and Mayflower will also be closed for the duration, and drivers will be directed to use the southern intersection.
The town plans to have detour signs will in place directing traffic, and detours are expected to begin around March 20, according to the release.
New England Infrastructure will be the contractor for the project, which is scheduled to be complete by December 2016.
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