Wesskum Wood Road Bridge

Project Overview

Originally constructed in 1950 the Wesskum Wood Road bridge is located in Binney Park and serves three purposes -- supporting traffic traveling on Wesskum Wood Road, allowing water to flow in Binney pond brook to the Long Island Sound, and allowing users of Binney Park to access the entire site. In the Spring of 2017, the Town’s consultant performed a routine inspection on the bridge and gave it a poor rating, and recommended a replacement at the earliest possible time to avoid closure or impacts on local traffic. The Town has since continued to monitor the condition of the bridge and contracted with a consultant to commence with the preliminary design of the bridge.

The funding for the design portion of the project is in place and was approved in 2017. The project design proposed replacing the bridge structure with a similar structure to match the existing one. The roadway will remain on the same horizontal and vertical alignment. The proposed structure will have a masonry fascia with an arch to match the existing look and to flow with the park setting. The intent is to reuse the existing stone as much as possible with any additional stone approved prior to setting. The elevation of the bridge will not change. In 2018, the Town received a commitment to funding through the State of Connecticut Local Bridge Program committing to reimburse the Town for 50% of the construction and inspection of this project. A public information meeting was held in March 2020 to collect and incorporate community feedback into the next phase of the design. Funding for Construction was requested through the Capital Budget Process for Fiscal Year 2021/2022.

The temporary traffic detour will be the most noticeable impact of this project. The detour will be posted with signage. It will utilize Sound Beach Ave and Arch Street. Local driveway access will be maintained throughout construction.

Replacement of Wesskum Wood Road Bridge (Bridge No. 056-019)

Picture of a Bridge over a pond

Anticipated Project Timeline

  • Complete Construction -- December 2023
  • Start Construction -- March 2023
  • Advertise Construction to Bid -- Winter 2022/23
  • CT DEEP Permit Approval -- November 2022
  • Submit Permits -- July 2022
  • Final Design -- April 2022
  • Semi-Final Design -- November 2021
  • Public Hearing -- January 7, 2021
  • Virtual Public Information Meeting -- September 30, 2020

Meetings and Presentations

Wesskum Wood Road Bridge Public Hearing -- January 7, 2021

Wesskum Wood Road Bridge Virtual Public Information Meeting -- September 30, 2020

Contact: Gabriella M. Circosta Cohee, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer
DPW – Engineering Division
E-Mail: gcohee@greenwichct.org
Phone: 203-861-3151