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Report: More than 300 bridges in Connecticut deficient

September 20, 2018

HARTFORD — More than 300 bridges in Connecticut — carrying 4.3 million vehicles daily — are structurally deficient and in need of repair or replacement, according to a new report.

TRIP, a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC., said the report includes lists of structurally deficient bridges with the lowest rating for the deck, substructure and superstructure, and lists of the most heavily traveled structurally deficient bridges by county and statewide.

“Those bridges are accidents waiting to happen,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, who called for more federal and state funding to replace and repair the structures.

Here are some of the worst ranked bridges, according to TRIP:

Shelton: Rt. 8 bridge over the Housatonic River, built in 1951

Westport: Rt. 15 bridge over Saugatuck River, built in 1938

Bridgeport: U.S. Rt. 1 bridge over Stillman Pond, built in 1910

North Haven: Sackett Point Road bridge over Quinnipiac River, built in 1936

bcummings@ctpost.com

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