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State awards $6.3M deal for Derby-Shelton Bridge renovation

SHELTON — Renovation function on the Derby-Shelton Bridge is shifting ahead, as the point out has tapped a contractor for the job which ought to start by April 1.

The $6.3 million deal was awarded to Mohawk Northeast, Inc. Design. The bid was nearly $1.5 million below its pre-bid estimate on the operate, completion of which really should be December 2023.

The challenge is built to create an aesthetically pleasing community place together the Derby-Shelton Bridge and give an interesting gateway that is pedestrian and bicycle pleasant to the downtown regions, according to Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments Executive Director Rick Dunne.

“This is a unique bridge with large historical significance,” explained point out Rep. Jason Perillo, Deputy Household Republican Chief.

“As Shelton’s downtown sees ongoing non-public financial commitment, advancements like this make these and long term assignments a lot more eye-catching to buyers, people and visitors,” Perillo extra. “This will become a new and lovely gateway to Shelton in excess of the Housatonic.”

Original funding to get the project started out was attained by the attempts of Perillo and fellow point out Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria along with previous state Reps. Themis Klarides and Linda Gentile.

“Without their initiatives, it is uncertain the project would be created,” Mark Nielsen, NVCOG director of planning, claimed.

The venture style was carried out by AECOM underneath contract with NVCOG. Facts consist of the replacement of bridge parapet walls, the removal of current lighting and substitute with interval-type mild, colored LED “up-lighting” that will accent the archways and parapets from under the bridge, a next travel lane for targeted visitors heading to Derby, new pavement and curbing, and the shifting of the travel lanes to accommodate broader sidewalks on the south side of the bridge and a cycle track.

The undertaking marks the second significant component of a 3-part strategy made by the NVCOG to improve site visitors circulation and pedestrian experience connecting Derby and Shelton, Dunne said.

“Beginning with the enlargement of the Atwater Bridge crossing of the Naugatuck River on Route 34, which was concluded in 2017, the 3 assignments span two rivers from the east bank of the Naugatuck River, through downtown Derby and across to the west financial institution of the Housatonic River at Canal Avenue in Shelton,” Dunne mentioned.

The final phase, Dunne added, is a entire reconstruction of Principal and decreased Elizabeth streets in Derby, which will be advertised for bid by July 2021. The Key Road undertaking is predicted to be concluded in 2024.

The Derby-Shelton Bridge undertaking will also offer you connectivity with the current Housatonic Riverwalk trail network in Shelton and the Naugatuck River Greenway in Derby. The venture boundaries will prolong from the Bridge Avenue intersection with Major Avenue in Derby to the west end of the Derby-Shelton Bridge and alongside the southeast ramp to Canal Avenue.

“We’re thrilled with the announcement of state’s contract award for this undertaking,” Nielsen stated. “Multiple community workshops were being held in 2020 to make certain inhabitants and stakeholders experienced an prospect to give enter into the structure. A number of variations were made to options due to the fact of opinions we gained, and the final outcome will advantage the Valley with an enhanced gateway into both of those cities.”

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