Berlin looks to have bridgework done in town

Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 18:55
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The town is looking to have some upcoming bridgework done.

Burnham Street will be closed between the intersections of Farmington Avenue and Briar Patch Drive between April 22 and Nov. 30 for bridge construction.

Mizzy Construction, of Plainville, will complete the work. The project will cost about $1.1 million, a release from the Department of Public Works said.

The project will be funded 50 percent by the town and 50 percent by a local bridge program grant administered by the state’s Department of Transportation, Jim Horbal of the Public Works Department said.

It is the same grant used for the $1.3 million High Road Bridge project, which should be closed out at the end of the month after final paving and lane painting is completed, Horbal said.

The Burnham Street bridge was built in the 1950s, according to the release. During a recent inspection by the state’s Department of Transportation, the bridge was identified as being in poor condition.

The closure will be a complete closure and not have only one lane closed, Horbal said.

The detour, from Farmington Avenue to the remaining accessible part of Burnham Street, will consist of traveling down to and taking a left onto Main Street, turning left onto Kensington Road, taking a left onto Camels Back and then a left on 4 Rod Road.

The car wash and Walgreens entrance on Burnham will still be accessible, Horbal said, and residents on the road will be allowed to access their homes. The school board, for bus route purposes and emergency personnel are aware of the closure, Horbal said.

Periodic updates will be provided on the Town of Berlin website.

The town will also be having a public information meeting on Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers of Town Hall at 240 Kensington Road for rehabilitation work to be done on four other bridges in town.

The four bridges are on Worthington Ridge over the Mattabesset River, Berlin Street over the Mattabesset River, Wildemere Road over Belcher Brook and Heritage Drive over Stocking Brook.

Residents, business owners, commuters, and other interested individuals are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about and discuss the proposed project.

The projects will be funded 80 percent federally and 20 percent locally, Horbal said. The total cost of the projects is $1.3 million. The work is expected to begin in the spring of 2020 and last about six months, Horbal said.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 18:55. Updated: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 18:57.