The Cribari Bridge Project Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in room 201 at Town Hall to discuss the state’s latest plans for the historic swing bridge.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) committee includes representatives of local stakeholders.
They include: Westport Preservation Alliance (WPA); Save Westport Now; Coalition for Westport; Greens Farms Association; and Bridge Street neighbors.
At issue are the CDOT’s plans to renovate or possibly replace the iconic Saugatuck bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Locals are also concerned that the state’s plan to raise the stanchions on the 134-year-old bridge from 12-and-a-half feet to 14 feet, as well as to widen it, will allow eighteen-wheelers to use it as a short cut through Greens Farms neighborhoods.
“It doesn’t seem to me that they made any changes from what they presented two years ago,” said Helen Garten, a WPA member and chairwoman of the town’s Real Property Committee.
It appears raising and widening or replacing the bridge are the only options the state is presenting, she said.
“Even the rehabilitation seems like a new bridge,” Garten said.
She doubted whether Room 201 would be able to accommodate all interested parties as there is town wide interest in preserving the bridge.
“It should be interesting,” she said.
— James Lomuscio