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Route 1/Main Street Intersection To Be Realigned?

The Farm River Bridge along Main Street in East Haven would also be replaced as part of proposed state Department of Transportation construction project.

UPDATE at 6 p.m.

The state Department of Transportion has passed along a color PDF of the preliminary plans for the realignment and bridge replacement project for the Route 1/Route 100 intersection.

It has been posted in the gallery that accompanies this article.

ORIGNAL STORY

The Route 1 and Route 100 intersection in could soon find itself receiving a much-needed face lift.

The state Department of Transportation is proposing an "intersection realignment" of Route 100 (Main Street) at U.S. Route 1 (Saltonstall Parkway), which sits directly across from the .

The proposal also calls for the replacement of the Farm River Bridge, which forms part of Main Street just before the Route 1 intersection approach.

The bridge sits next to the historic Old Iron Mill, the site of the first iron works in Connecticut and third in the nation.

The two-part project is included in the state DOT's current 5-year Transportation Infrastructure Capital Plan, which is posted in the gallery that accompanies this article.

Saftey Issues

According to the state, the purpose of the project "is to provide safety and traffic operational improvements" at the Route 100/U.S. Route 1 intersection.

And to replace the Farm River Bridge (state Bridge No. 01665), which has been "identified to be in poor condition." The National Bridge Inventory Database also has the bridge listed as currently "structurally deficient."

Susan Libatique, the project's manager for the DOT, told East Haven Patch the project was initiated based on the department’s review of accidents on Route 100 at its intersection with Route 1.

"In that location, there are a lot of crashes," Libatique said.

And, she said, a review of the state's bridge inspection program has identified the Farm River Bridge — which was built in 1900 — as not just being in need of repair, but of being completely replaced.

"We do regular inspections, and this is one of the bridges that is on our list," Libatique said.

A 2008 Farm River Bridge inspection report is posted in the gallery.

Public Hearing

The DOT will hold a public informational meeting about the proposed project on April 25 at the East Haven Senior Center.

Department personnel — including Libatique — will be available at 6:30 p.m. to answer questions, prior to a formal design presentation at 7 p.m.

"Then we will open it up to a question and answer session following the presentation," Libatique said.

Plans of the proposed project will also be on display for public review.

Project Details

According to Libatique, the project plans currently call for the Main Street approach to Route 1 to be removed.

In its place, the state would construct two new lanes:

  • A left and right turn lane
  • And a right-turn-only lane

Libatique said the there would also be a "little bit of widening" of the Route 100 approach to Route 1.

"It makes for a much cleaner intersection," she said.

Libatique added, however, that the proposed project's plans are still in the "preliminary design" phase.

"Nothing has been set in stone," she said.

East Haven Patch has requested a PDF copy of the project's plans, which has not yet been passed along by the state.

Other Project Details

Overhead and underground utility relocations would be required for the proposed improvements of this project. 

Additionally, partial right-of-way acquisitions on both sides of the Farm River Bridge would be required.

Design work on the project is scheduled to be completed in the fall 2013, with construction anticipated to start in spring 2014 — based on the availability of funding.

Construction activities are anticipated to last about one year, the state says.

Construction Costs

The estimated construction cost for the proposed replacement of the bridge and intersection realignment is some $7 million.

And the state reports it anticipates that would come from about 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.

Additional Information

More information is available at the Department’s Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

In addition, anyone wishing to discuss the project may contact Timothy M. Wilson at (860)-594-3189 or by email at timothy.wilson@ct.gov.

Plans are also available for review at the

Deaf and hearing impaired persons wishing to attend the informational meeting and requiring an interpreter, must make arrangements by contacting the Department’s Office of Communications at (860)-594-3062 (voice only) at least five working days prior to the meeting.

Richard Poulton April 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Long over due. But why does the State have to put in times for these projects? Look at the last bridge done in EH. Why don't they just say we have a projected start date and leave it at that. We all know these types of projects take longer then planned. Fall of 2013 and be completed in the spring 2014, thats what 6 months at the most, get real. With that, it still all depends on money. Good luck with that.
Richard Poulton April 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Sorry, read that wrong. Start in fall of 2014 to take about one year.
Norm Brody April 11, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I've always wondered why there is no direct connection to North High St. and Route 1. It would seem to make sense and take traffic off Sanford St., Kimberly Ave. and Forbes Place.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Norm & Richard: If you're interested, I just posted a color PDF of the state DOT's preliminary plans for the project. Just an FYI.
Ann Della Camera April 12, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Julie, thanks so much for the color PDF'S. It is a bad interesction and would be nice to see the state fix it so going from Main street on to RT 1, would be much less dangerous. Hopefully they will get the money to fix it. Do you know if the Old Iron Mill will still stay? Its such an awesome old landmark.
CitizenVoice April 12, 2012 at 06:55 AM
If the State DOT is proposing this project, shouldn't they be paying for it?
Sam Giglio April 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM
This is a long overdue project and in the end it will serve the Town well. Two concern's that I see are the old Bridge and the old Mill Building. I know it sit's very close to the river and flooding can be a problem. When I was a Member of the Arts Commission I use to dream of some grant money so the Town could buy that Building for the Arts, Were local Artiest could display there work and have it as a Town Art Center. It is an old but Historical Building. The Bridge also is an Historical site that many People in Town never see or know about. They drive over it many times and have no idea how old that Bridge is. If and when they dismantle it They should retain parts of the Stone work place it somewere in Town for future folks in the Community to view and have a history of. when and were that Bridge was.
Richard Poulton April 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Sam, I can't get the photo of the plan to come up on my screen.. Is that old mill building too come down as a result of this road work? Another question, is the building on the historical registration list? If so, isn't work involving such a national registry of a historical building prohibited in some way? That would be a great site for artist to use, but costly for the town I would believe. Unless space is rented?
Norm Brody April 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM
It sounds like there is a lot of interrest in this project with very good questions raised here, We should bring these issues to the meeting. I'm looking forward to it.
Sam Giglio April 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM
It is important that Folks attend the Meeting on the 25th to ask the right questions. I have no idea if that Building or Bridge is on a Historical land mark list. But i would think they would have that infomation at Town Hall.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler April 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I truly hope that the Old Mill wouldn't be affected. We have so few historic landmarks left in town. We need to preserve such places and spaces. As for the bridge, I totally agree that if something needs to be done to it, it has to be done with the forethought to preserve the historical aspect. We've already lost so much history in town due to development and progress and upkeep. It would be a shame to lose any more.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) April 12, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Ann: You're more than welcome! That's one of the things I love about East Have Patch the most, the ability to continually update and add to a story as we move forward! And as far as the Old Iron Mill, I am not sure. I think that that is one of the things that will be discussed, I'm sure, at the information session. In the meantime, if I do learn anything in relation to its status, I will certainly post that here on EHP.

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