Sen. Needleman, Rep. Haines Welcome State Bond Commission Funding for Portland, East Hampton Bridges

Posted on June 27, 2019 by admin

State Senator Norm Needleman (D-33) and State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) announced today that the State Bond Commission is expected to release tens of millions of dollars in funding for two major bridge projects in Portland and East Hampton. These repairs to the Arrigoni Bridge, which carries Route 66 over the Connecticut River in Portland and Middletown, and to East Hampton’s Route 66 bridge over Pocotopaug Creek, have a combined cost of more than $40 million.

“These bridges are vital for traffic through our region and to keep cars moving on Route 66,” said Sen. Needleman. “The Arrigoni Bridge sees more than 30,000 drivers per day and is more than 80 years old, with a deck that has seen section loss and reduced carrying capacity. This funding will keep the bridge in good condition for up to 20 more years. Additionally, the East High Street bridge on Route 66 is more than a century old – it is more than due for replacement to keep our drivers safe. I welcome this new funding and thank Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for their support of the 33rd District.”

“Route 66 is a vital artery for East Hampton that connects our community with towns west of the Connecticut River,” said Rep. Haines. “The road isn’t just important for commuters; it hosts numerous small businesses, retailers and manufacturers. Replacing the bridge over Pocotopaug Creek and making much needed repairs to the Arrigoni Bridge will ensure that residents can safely travel for years to come.”

With a total cost of $39.4 million, the phase 2 replacement of the Arrigoni Bridge from Middletown to Portland will involve the bridge’s approach spans, which are deteriorating. The work will additionally assist with repairs to sidewalk and pedestrian railing deficiencies to better support integrity of the deck.

Work on the East Hampton bridge carrying Route 66 over the Pocotopaug Creek, with a cost of $2.2 million, will see the bridge, built in 1913, replaced with a wider box culvert, with replacement of current resources and updates to existing guide rails, transitions and bridge attachments.