Southington to close Hart Street bridge for repairs

Southington to close Hart Street bridge for repairs

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SOUTHINGTON — Police will be detouring traffic around the Hart Street bridge next week while repairs are made.

Police Lt. Stephen Elliott said the bridge will be closed between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. starting Monday.Work should take between two and three days.

“The bridge will reopen to traffic each night,” Elliott said.

Public Works Director Keith Hayden said state officials determined the bridge needs a new waterproof membrane to protect the concrete below. The existing pavement will be milled away, a new membrane installed and the pavement replaced.

The state Department of Transportation bridge safety unit determined the work needed to be done, Hayden said. Replacing the waterproofing will help the bridge last longer.

“It’s regular maintenance,” Hayden said. “It’s maintenance done at the right time to save a lot of money.”

Martin Laviero Contractors of Bristol will do the work at a cost of $30,000.

Traffic will be diverted onto Gannet Drive, Juniper Road and Curtiss Street.

Hayden said the route was chosen with police to allow access for trucks and other large vehicles.

Two other town bridges don’t have waterproof membranes, leading to costly repairs. Last year, the town refinished the West Center Street bridge, and work on the Spring Street bridge may cost nearly $3 million, Hayden said.

Work on the Spring Street bridge will likely begin next spring and involves strengthening the abutments to the structure to avoid collapse during a flood. The federal government is paying for 80 percent of the project.

Last year the town undertook a major project to realign the Hart, Curtiss and Kane streets intersection to improve safety for walkers and drivers. The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail runs through the intersection.

Southington got $300,000 from the state to help make the intersection safer.
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