Highway Contractor to Pay for Asphalt-Damaged Cars on Gold Star Bridge

A highway contractor will compensate motorists for damage to their cars after a highway lane opened before asphalt dried, according to the state department of transportation.

Agency spokesman Kevin Nursick said a subcontractor took responsibility for the mistake Monday on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge between Groton and New London.

Nursick said he is calling drivers who have emailed the state agency. The subcontractor's insurance company will compensate motorists with damaged cars and Nursick said red tape will be minimal.

The $7 million pavement preservation project started months ago in the New London, Groton and Waterford areas.

Nursick said a quarter-inch of asphalt was applied to three lanes on the north side of the bridge. Two lanes dried, but the third was reopened before it was cured, leaving vehicles splattered.

Anyone affected should e-mail Matt Stopa at matt.stopa@acadia-ins.com and reference claim number 20203020.

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