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Monday, May 08, 2017

Saugatuck Shores Switching to Generator Power

UPDATE Eversource will cut power to Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area and residences on Canal Road today as it switches to a generator as part of replacement of the Saugatuck Island Bridge.

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Work on removal of the Saugatuck Island Bridge began last month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Rob Jackson for WestportNow.com

The changeover is anticipated to take an hour or so at about 10 a.m., the Fire Department said in a news release. The power will be on the generator for about five days. In early afternoon, the Eversource outage page showed 111 Westport homes affected.

The work is in preparation for driving sheet piles as part of the ongoing bridge replacement project, the department said.

In 2015 a $1.3 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant was awarded to replace the bridge, which was intended to cover 75 percent of the original $1.74 million estimated cost. However, the cost estimate later increased to about $2.65 million, with the FEMA grant then covering just under 50 percent with the rest to be shared between the town and island residents.

Town bodies subsequently approved $2,646,980 for the bridge.

“We are still hoping to get some additional FEMA funding but have funds in place for the worst case condition,” said Public Works Director Steve Edwards.

The 1929-built Saugatuck Island one-car-at-a-time, timber-and-pile Bridge was heavily damaged by Super Storm Sandy in 2012.

The generator will be manned 24/7 by a Sunbelt Rentals employee, the department said. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Fire Department at (203)341-5000.

This story has been updated to reflect additional funding requested after the original estimate and to show that supplemental funding will come from town and Saugatuck Island residents, not the state as originally announced.

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