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Pedestrian bridge removal to cause traffic delays in Stamford

November 8, 2018

STAMFORD — The city 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.

barry.lytton@stamfordadvocate.com; 203-964-2263; @bglytton

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