DOT: Amtrak Bridge Work to Close Route 1 from Branford to East Haven

A section of Route 1 from Branford to East Haven will be closed to through traffic from Saturday evening until early Sunday afternoon.

Travel along Route 1 in Branford and East Haven will be temporarily interrupted this weekend to allow the removal of existing beams along the Amtrak Bridge in Branford, as the project to replace the train crossing moves into its final stages.

Route 1 will be closed to through traffic for the removal of the beams between 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 until noon on Sunday, Jan. 13, according to the state Department of Transportation.

"The replacement of the existing bridge will provide more travel lanes on U.S. Route 1 along with improvements to traffic signals and drainage," state DOT officials stated in a press release announcing the road closure.

In the event of inclement weather, the operation will be postponed until the following weekend, from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20.

Lane Closure/Detour Info

  • U.S. Route 1 southbound traffic: Detoured onto connector to I-95 southbound to exit 52 (N. High Street, Route 100) follow signs to Route 100 south to U.S. Route 1 (Saltonstall Parkway) in East Haven.
  • U.S. Route 1 northbound traffic: Detoured onto Route 142 (Short Beach Road) to Route 100 north (Main St. East Haven) to I-95 northbound to exit 53 Branford Connector to U.S. Route 1.

Bridge Project Details

The work is part of an ongoing improvement project that extends from Orchard Hill Road to the I-95 on and off ramps in Branford. It began in August 2009 and is expected to continue through to November 2014.

In addition to the installation of the new Amtrak Bridge, work will include:

  • installation of a new box culvert at Mill Creek under Route 1
  • installation of new traffic signals at Alps Road, the entrance to the A&P Shopping Center and Route 142 along U.S. Route 1
  • various drainage improvements and widening of the pavement on Route 1

Additional Information

An info line number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 203-315-0966. A pre-recorded message of the current project information including the hours of work is updated weekly and will be available for the duration of the project

DOT Project No. 0014-0157 was awarded to J.F. White/Empire Joint Venture of Westfield, Mass. on June 29, 2009 at a cost of $44,706,241. It is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Richard Poulton January 10, 2013 at 10:48 PM
With the cost of this project falling under the ARRA act of 2009, and this has built into that law a "buy America first" clause, meaning products, what-ever, being used must come from US manufacturers, I wonder if the Patch could do a little research on where the steel beams for the Branford job as well as what is being used to re-due I-95 / I-91 in New Haven come from. Are they coming from US steel plants or from Canada or China?


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