Sugar Hollow bridge now closed

Per the recommendation of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), the bridge on Sugar Hollow Road has been closed until repairs can be completed, according to a Feb. 27 announcement from the Wilton Police Department.

In December, the bridge was reduced to one lane of alternating traffic following an October 2016 inspection HAKS Engineers conducted for the DOT, which determined the 88-year-old bridge is in need of repair.

The 28-foot-long bridge carries Sugar Hollow Road over the Norwalk River and consists of reinforced concrete T-beams supported by stone masonry abutments.

According to the inspection report, its exterior beams are deteriorating and there is “section loss” to its main “rebar,” otherwise known as reinforcement steel.

First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice told The Bulletin on Tuesday that DOT field engineers “took additional measurements … in order to do a more detailed analysis” when the town met with them in October.

“DOT subsequently performed a load-rating analysis using that additional information, which factored in that the town reduced the bridge to a one-lane, alternating traffic pattern,” she said.

“Their analysis indicated that, even with the reduction in loading due to the one-lane pattern, the bridge should be closed.”

Vanderslice said town officials do not have an estimate on how long the bridge will be closed, but “will be obtaining information as to the cost and duration of repairs."

Priti Bhardwaj, supervising engineer of the DOT’s Local Bridge Program, told The Bulletin in December that the bridge qualifies for Federal Local Bridge Funds, which means 80% in federal funds and 20% in town funds could be used for the design, right-of-way and construction phases of the project.

Vanderslice said she hopes to discuss the bridge further at the Board of Selectmen’s March 5 meeting.