Bridge Construction over Taylor Brook on West Wakefield Blvd to Begin in April

Posted on
January 18, 2023
Public Works
The Town will be reconstructing the bridge over Taylor Brook on West Wakefield Boulevard.  The bridge is in poor condition.  This bridge is at the southern end of Highland Lake near the popular State Property that has the parking area along West Wakefield Boulevard.  This is about ¼ mile from the intersection with Mountain Rd.
Bids were received from contractors on 12/20/22.  The results were favorable and Dayton Construction has submitted to low bid of $619,315.00.  This is a project included in the Infrastructure Improvement Plan adopted by the voters at referendum in May 2022.   The work is partially funded by CTDOT’s local bridge program.  The CTDOT must give authorization before we can proceed.  We have submitted a request for “authorization to award” the bid and begin construction.
The project is expected to begin in April and be completed by June 15th to comply with permit requirements from the State.  In order to meet this aggressive time schedule and reduce the cost of construction, we will be closing that portion of West Wakefield Boulevard to traffic during construction.  The actual dates that the road is closed will be determined when the contractor has provided a schedule for construction.  We expect to have this schedule in the near future. 
We will update everyone concerning the schedule for closing the road once we have definite dates for this closure.  Our goal is to minimize the time that the road is closed.  We understand that this will be an inconvenience.  The completed bridge should provide a safer road for residents and the public that use this road.  We appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works at 860-379-4070.

To see the Project Detail Sheet presented to the public as part of the 2022 Infrastructure Improvement Plan approval process, click here.