Prominent signs proclaim the news on Flax Hill Road and Connecticut Avenue: the Rampart Road bridge is closed. Although this might be surprising to some motorists, the Norwalk Department of Public Works has not been secretive about its plans: A public information meeting was held more than a year ago.
But who goes to meetings? Here's the deal: The bridge over Interstate 95 is being replaced, and not a moment too soon as the current bridge was built in 1958. Get used to using Scribner Road because the project will take about a year. You can also use Keeler Avenue, but bear in mind that the road floods during heavy rains.
Unfortunately, Rampart Road is also closed to pedestrian traffic. There will be occasional off-peak closures of lanes on I-95, but they won't last long. With a shallower superstructure, the result will be a greater vertical clearance over the highway. The $2.9 million cost of the work by Rotha Contracting Co. Inc. is funded by federal aid off-system funds.
Here's an update on another prominent project: the widening of West Avenue, which has been going on for about a year. "I would guess that should be finishing up in the next few months," said structural engineer Brian Sweeney. The project will result in dedicated entrances to I-95 northbound and the Route 7 connector.
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