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Davis Avenue Bridge Officially Reopened On Schedule To Vehicular Traffic
On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, the Davis Avenue Bridge officially reopened to vehicular traffic on schedule and aligned with the new school year for Greenwich Public Schools. It is anticipated that there will be another closure for a few brief days this September in order to install the waterproof membrane, a necessary element of all new bridges. Town of Greenwich Department of Public Works will announce these road closure dates in the near future. The Davis Avenue Bridge is projected to be completely finished by the Spring of 2022. Project completion is dependent on weather and any unforeseen complications.
Due to being built in 1934 and deteriorating over time, it has become critical to replace the Davis Avenue Bridge. Town of Greenwich Department of Public Works devised this project in response to inspectors labeling the bridge as “functionally obsolete” and a load rating change (from 34 tons to 25 tons) by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. As part of the official Connecticut Department of Transportation diversion route for I-95, the Davis Avenue Bridge carries between 4,000 and 6,000 vehicles per day. The bridge serves three purposes – supporting traffic traveling on Davis Avenue, retaining water in the Davis Mill Pond, and allowing water to flow into Indian Harbor. Throughout this project, construction crews have been working six days a week.
Construction plans were prepared by Alfred Benesch & Company, of Glastonbury, CT and the contractor for this project is A. Vitti Excavators, LLC of Stamford, CT. Town of Greenwich Department of Public Works Senior Civil Engineer, Jason Kaufman, is the project manager for the Davis Avenue Bridge replacement project.
Key Project Points:
- The Davis Avenue Bridge was originally constructed in 1934. It has deteriorated over time and is in need of replacement.
- The bridge carries between 4,000 and 6,000 vehicles per day and serves as part of the official CTDOT diversion route for I-95.
- A public information meeting was held on June 6, 2019, to review the preliminary design plans and solicit feedback from the public as the project moves into the final design phase. Click here to download the public information meeting presentation.
- A 2nd public information meeting was held on November 19, 2019, to review the final design plans and solicit feedback from the public as the project moves into the bidding phase. Click here to download the public information meeting presentation.
- The preliminary design proposes replacing the bridge with prestressed concrete deck units and will maintain the existing bridge/causeway footprint
- A temporary traffic detour will be necessary during construction. The detour will be posted with signage and local driveway access will be maintained throughout construction. The detour will utilize Arch Street, Museum Drive, Davis Avenue, Bruce Park Drive, Indian Field Road, and Interstate 95. Additional details will be provided when available.
- The estimated project cost is $4.1 M and the anticipated construction funding Source is 100% Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP) Construction Funding (Grant).
Anticipated Project Timeline
- CTDOT provided additional analysis on the bridge structure and recommended reducing the posted load rating from 34 tons to 25 tons – 2019
- 2nd Public Information Meeting – Fall 2019
- Design / Permit Completion – Spring 2020
- Start of Phase 1 Construction – Fall 2020
- Includes connection of existing sidewalk network to utility/pedestrian bridge built by Eversource*
- Start of Phase 2 Construction – Spring 2021
- Includes bridge replacement
- Road Closure / Detour – May 2021 to September 2021
- Precast, prestressed deck units were installed – August 2, 2021
- Davis Avenue Bridge Reopened – August 31, 2021
- End of Construction – Spring 2022
*Eversource Utility / Pedestrian Bridge construction completed Fall 2020
August 31, 2021 -- Bridge Reopening Press Release
August 5, 2021 - Project Update Press Release
Public Notice – Public Information Meeting #1 (PDF)
June 6, 2019, Public Information Meeting #1 Presentation (PDF)
Public Notice - Public Information Meeting #2 (PDF)
November 19,2019 Public Information Meeting #2 Presentation (PDF)
Contact: Jason M Kaufman, PE., Senior Civil Engineer
DPW – Engineering Division