Skiff Street bridge repaired, reopened
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.