Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Contractors for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) work tonight on repairs to the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway in Westport. (VIew is looking north from the southbound lane.) CDOT had announced the bridge would be closed tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, but it was still open to one-way traffic just before midnight. CDOT officials now say completion of the work is set for September, more than a year past the original deadline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matliow for WestportNow.com
Posted 04/27/16 at 11:33 PM Permalink
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It’s mind boggling to understand why this project has taken so long to complete. I can fill in some of the pieces, the conversation will sound something like this; the builder will respond by saying the deterioration was much worse than the State documented on their construction drawings, which is what he bid on. The State will respond: it was up to you verify the conditions before you started the project therefore you are culpable. The builder will ask; how was I suppose to know how bad the deterioration was until I started the demolition? I would ask, despite all of the above, why has this project taken a year to complete?
And everyone will both shrug their shoulders and continue to point fingers, while we wait at the silly light for the remainder of Spring and all of Summer. At least it’s not completely closed as it was for a while.