Con­struc­tion could cause traf­fic prob­lems

Greenwich Time - - NEWS - By Barry Lyt­ton

Stam­ford is “rip­ping the Band-Aid off” on sev­eral traf­fic-in­duc­ing projects that could cause a night­mare for mo­torists down­town and in the South End this week­end.

One block of Tresser Boule­vard — be­tween Wash­ing­ton Boule­vard and At­lantic Street — will close for de­mo­li­tion crews to take down the old over­head pedes­trian bridge be­tween two cylin­dri­cal St. John’s tow­ers.

There will also be lane clo­sures for a block of Henry Street and Wash­ing­ton Boule­vard, south of In­ter­state 95, for Build­ing and Land Tech­nol­ogy to erect a crane to build the new Char­ter head­quar­ters at the Gate­way site.

Parts of Bed­ford, North and Prospect streets will also be closed Sun­day for the Vet­er­ans Day pa­rade.

The pedes­trian bridge re­moval, part of the de­mo­li­tion of the long-va­cant tower across from City Hall, will likely be the largest in­con­ve­nience. The nearly 700 feet of closed road sees an av­er­age of 20,400 ve­hi­cles a day, ac­cord­ing to the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

The road­way will be closed from mid­night Fri­day to 5 a.m. Mon­day, Bureau Chief Jim Travers said.

“In both in­stances, they’ve as­sured us they’ll have it done,” Travers said. “This will be the big­gest time there will be this level of dis­rup­tion.”

Travers ac­knowl­edged the work will dis­rupt the nor­mal flow of city life, but said it was bet­ter to have it all done in con­cert than have road clo­sures piece­meal.

Travers said po­lice of­fi­cers will help di­rect mo­torists in the area.

The over­head bridge slated for de­mo­li­tion has been closed for sev­eral years, since one of the St. John tow­ers it con­nected was va­cated and de­vel­op­ers be­gan craft­ing de­mo­li­tion plans.

Af­ter the bridge is re­moved, Travers said the de­vel­oper will take down the street-side re­tail level now shrouded in plas­tic.

The tower will then be re­moved with a crane.

As part of its agree­ment with the Zon­ing Board, the de­vel­oper is pay­ing for the bridge re­moval and for new traf­fic sig­nals at the in­ter­sec­tion.

The South End lane clo­sures will also be com­plete by Mon­day morn­ing.

Henry Street’s lane clo­sure will be be­tween At­lantic Street and Wash­ing­ton Boule­vard, and Wash­ing­ton Boule­vard’s clo­sure is just north of its in­ter­sec­tion with Henry Street and up to Sta­tion Place.

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