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Monday, November 02, 2015

Info Session Set for Bridge Rehab

Town and state officials have scheduled a public information session on the planned restoration of the historic Saugatuck River Bridge.

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The William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge swings open for river traffic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Formally known as the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge and often called the Bridge Street Bridge, the structure will be subject of a meeting on Monday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall auditorium, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today.

Marpe said that through state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, he invited Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials to present updated information on the progress of the ongoing Saugatuck River Bridge Rehabilitation Study Report (RSR). He added that citizens are encouraged to attend.

“Westporters will have an opportunity to express their views on the bridge’s history, significance to the Saugatuck area, and potential bridge rehabilitation options,” Marpe said. “All interested parties deserve the chance to engage with the DOT early on in the process.”

Marpe has asked the state to give high priority to the historical significance of 1884-built span, Connecticut’s oldest, surviving moveable, hand-cranked swing bridge.

Since 1987 it has been on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Recognizing that historical considerations are a concern of many Westporters, I am grateful that the DOT has confirmed that key personnel with direct knowledge of the RSR will attend the session to address questions and concerns,” Marpe said.

Architectural historian Mark McMillan, CDOT’s National Register specialist, will be in attendance, Marpe said, as well as the project manager, lead project engineers and the consulting firm leading the report.

McMillan is an architectural conservator who often consults on the treatment of historic bridges to insure design and construction comply with the National Park Service and Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Resources.

“There has been much discussion and speculation surrounding the bridge, the study, and the DOT’s potential plans,” Marpe said.

“This informational meeting will provide the opportunity for Westporters to gain accurate, current information, to ask questions and to articulate their concerns early on in the rehabilitation study process,” he added.

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