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Bethel First Selectman provides update on Walnut Hill bridge fiasco

Cross post from HatCityBLOG

As residents of Bethel are fully aware, the Walnut Hill bridge repair has been a nightmare. A critical bridge that connects the Stony Hill section of Bethel with the downtown area, the replacement of the bridge has been plagued with delays, which has resulted in frustrated commuters forced to find alternate routes of travel.

Understanding that residents are unhappy with the lack of progress in the bridge replacement, recently First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker took to Facebook and provided an update on the project.

All preparations for the final phase of construction are complete. Both north and south bridge abutments are finished and new underground drainage has been installed. The next step is to install the prefabricated spanning beams, which requires average daily temperatures to be above 40 degrees. Following that will be installation of deck plates, paving of approach roadways and deck, installation of guard rails and final landscaping and repair of neighboring properties. Estimate for reopening to traffic is still early May, WEATHER PERMITTING.

To say that this bridge repair was a disaster would be an understatement. Lets hope that First Selectman Knickerbocker understands that commuters who depend on this critical bridge are beyond frustrated with lack of progress and is doing everything in his power to make sure that the project is completed as soon as possible.