October 23, 2012

CT's Arrigoni Bridge reopens 2 months early

Photo/CT Dept. of Transportation
Photo/CT Dept. of Transportation
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, flanked by the Arrigoni Bridge and Middlesex Chamber of Commerce CEO Larry McHugh, at Tuesday's rededication ceremony.

The 17-month, $19.7 million makeover of the Arrigoni Bridge that links Middetown to Portland is done two months early, reopening the river span to full traffic, officials say.

The governor and his top transportation department lieutenant joined state, local and federal officials and dignitaries Tuesday for the rededication of the Connecticut River span's four traffic lanes and two sidewalks.

The first of three phases started in May 2011 and was due for completion in November. Work wrapped in September, authorities said.

Repairs included replacing the bridge deck as well as sidewalks and concrete barriers. The work created 60 jobs for Connecticut residents in construction, planning, and design. Federal funds covered 80 percent of the project costs, state Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said.

"Thanks to the investment of the Federal Highway Administration and the hard work of the DOT, today is a good day for Connecticut travelers," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said

The 1,200-foot bridge, named after advocate Charles J. Arrigoni, who served in the General Assembly from 1933-1936 and in the Senate from 1937-1940, first opened in 1938 and carries 35,000 vehicles daily.

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