North Avenue bridge to close for rehab in March

Work is scheduled to begin in early March on what officials are calling the “long-awaited rehabilitation” of the North Avenue bridge over the Aspetuck River.

Demolition and reconstruction of the span will require closing the bridge to traffic for a period of approximately six months, through the summer and into early fall, officials said. Detours will be posted on both sides of the bridge.

The project involves the removal of the 56-year-old concrete bridge deck and steel superstructure, and the replacement with a pre-cast concrete box beams and a new concrete bridge deck,” Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said in a statement. “The existing bridge abutments will remain in place, and scour protection will be added underneath the river bed.”

The Board of Selectmen awarded a contract for the project to NJR Construction of Terryville.

The contractor plans to bring equipment to the site on March 11 and begin demolition on March 18, according to Edwards.

John Schwing