Gold Star Bridge sidewalk to be closed for 10 weeks for repairs

3 Aug 2018

The state Department of Transportation said it plans to close the sidewalk on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge between New London and Groton for about 10 weeks, starting Aug. 13, for a significant repair project.

"The extent of the repairs necessary for the sidewalk are larger in scope than originally anticipated," DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said. DOT originally had anticipated keeping the sidewalk open for most of the rehabilitation project to the southbound Gold Star bridge.

The repair project calls for replacing entire structures of concrete on the walkway, as well as expansion joints, and the work will entail using heavy machinery, Nursick said. It wouldn't be feasible or safe for pedestrians to access the sidewalk, which is on average no more than 5 feet wide, during construction. 

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