State wants to divert traffic onto Darien side streets to fix Route 1 bridge


State transportation officials are discussing the possibility of replacing the Post Road bridge that connects Darien to Stamford, and diverting traffic on Darien side streets in the process.

The state Department of Transportation is holding a public information meeting to discuss the plan on Tuesday, June 24, at 7 p.m., at the Stamford Government Center’s fourth floor cafeteria on 888 Washington St.

The bridge has been identified as “being in need of replacement,” according to an announcement on the Town of Darien website [PDF], and first reported by the Darien Patch. See the announcement below.

“The bridge is not structurally deficient since it is in fair condition, however; the bridge is scour critical,” the announcement stated.

The proposed new bridge would sit 2.5 feet higher than the current one, but it would not be widened. During construction, two lanes of traffic will be maintained on a temporary bridge north of the existing bridge, the announcement continued, and another lane will be maintained on the current bridge.

Brookside Drive will be closed at its intersection with Route 1 and traffic will be detoured to Anthony Lane and Hillside Avenue to Route 1. Work is slated to begin in the summer of 2016, and it will use money from the state and federal governments.

Transportation department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project. More detailed information is available at the department’s office of engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT., during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

Anyone wishing to review the plans may contact Susan Morneault at 860-594-2447 or [email protected] to make an appointment.

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  • Largely Indifferent

    Anthony Lane is a private road. Will the town be purchasing the right of way? Will it pay for it to be repaved?

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