All four lanes of the Arrigoni Bridge will reopen to drivers by September 15 – two months ahead of the original schedule.
The bridge carries Route 66 over the Connecticut River between Middletown and Portland.
“We know that this reconstruction project for the 35,000 commuters that cross the bridge daily has not been easy as traffic lanes were reduced in both directions, but this was a public safety project that simply could not be postponed any longer. The patience and cooperation of the public has been remarkable throughout the entire process and I want to thank them.” Malloy said in a statement.
“This is great news for the people of central Connecticut who deserve our applause for their patience during this year-long rehabilitation project,” Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said. “There is still some additional work to do, but getting all four lanes of traffic reopened early, and particularly for the peak-travel hours, is a significant achievement and a testament to the diligence of the DOT, its contractors and the towns of Middletown and Portland.”
Upcoming work to complete the final paving on the two main spans and the installation of pavement markings will occur from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, weather permitting, and will be completed by Sept. 15.
The sidewalk located on the north side will reopen on Sept. 15, but the sidewalk on the south side will be closed until Oct. 31
After Sept. 15, there will be off-peak lane closures for additional work.
The Arrigoni Bridge was originally built between 1936 and 1938 and opened to traffic on August 6, 1938.