Sk­iff Street bridge re­paired, re­opened

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY REGIS­TER STAFF

HAMDEN — The Sk­iff Street bridge re­opened to traf­fic Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the town, af­ter it was closed in mid-May due to safety con­cerns.

“Be­tween May 11 and 15, an ex­ist­ing crack in the old bridge be­gan to open. On May 15, the crack be­came wide enough that the de­sign en­gi­neer on the project no­ti­fied the Town that the bridge should be closed and the struc­ture for­mally eval­u­ated,” said of­fi­cials in a news re­lease. “Pro­fes­sion­als rec­om­mended the clo­sure to en­sure every­one’s safety while eval­u­a­tion and po­ten­tial cor­rec­tions could be com­pleted, to pre­vent any fur­ther dam­age and to al­low the old struc­ture to re­main in ser­vice un­til the new bridge is fully con­structed.”

The crack and as­so­ci­ated degra­da­tion was re­paired by ROTHA Con­struc­tion and re­viewed by of­fi­cials be­fore the bridge was re­opened, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

“It was an in­con­ve­nience for many to have Sk­iff Street, one of our Town’s main east-west travel roads closed for a pe­riod.

“The de­ci­sion to close was not taken lightly, but was taken with­out hes­i­ta­tion when po­ten­tial safety con­cerns were brought to my at­ten­tion by our team,” Mayor Curt B. Leng said in the re­lease. “I very much ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts of our Town En­gi­neer­ing Depart­ment and our pri­vate con­trac­tors for the eval­u­a­tion and work they com­pleted in a timely fash­ion

to get the bridge re-opened safely in less than a month. I also would like to ex­tend my ap­pre­ci­a­tion to our res­i­dents and busi­nesses for their pa­tience as the Town worked to make the sit­u­a­tion safe.”

The com­mu­nity is cur­rently in process of re­plac­ing the bridge, which runs over the Mill River.

Con­struc­tion on the new bridge con­tin­ued while the bridge was un­der re­pair, and the project is ex­pected to be com­pleted in early 2020, ac­cord­ing to the town.

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