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Flood threat closes old downtown foot bridge

January 24, 2019

STAMFORD — Public safety officials closed downtown’s West Main Street foot bridge Thursday morning over concerns that the heavy rain could flood it.

Mayor David Martin issued a notice saying the bridge was shut at 9 a.m. and likely would remain closed until 7 p.m., though weather conditions could shorten or extend the time.

The 1888 bridge, which takes West Main Street over a narrow section of the Mill River, connecting the West Side to downtown, has been open only to pedestrians since 2002, when the state Department of Transportationbeen deemed it unsafe for car traffic.

In 2008, the Stamford Board of Representatives ruled it fit only for walkers.

An inspection last April revealed that the concrete in the supports is crumbling, and the stones it’s supposed to hold are falling into the river. A $2 million project to rehabilitate it is under way.

The 125-foot iron bridge, among the oldest in the city, is considered historic because of its metal-truss design, manufactured by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company 131 years ago,

City Egineer Lou Casolo has said the bridge may not survive the next large storm that sends large volumes of water down the Mill River.

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