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Norm Needleman

Representing Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook

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Senator Needleman Announces Upcoming Construction Work Impacting Travel in Haddam, Portland

Today, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) announced that the Department of Transportation will begin construction of a Haddam bridge and a Portland road in coming weeks and months. This work is important to make sure transportation is not impacted in the region.

Bridge 06728, which carries Route 9 over the Pole Bridge Brook in Haddam, will receive repairs and rehabilitation as its pipe, culvert and retaining walls are in poor condition. The bridge dates to 1966 and has a six-foot diameter asphalt coated corrugated metal plate pipe culvert that takes the road over the brook. It is located approximately 1.2 miles south of Route 81. The work will continue through Nov. 12, its scheduled completion date. Construction is planned to minimally interrupt Route 9 traffic, though Hubbard Road will see temporary lane closures. Contractors will not be permitted to perform any work on weekdays during rush hour periods and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Additionally, starting July 18 and continuing through Aug. 13, the DOT will conduct milling and resurfacing on Route 66 in Portland, also known as Marlborough Street. Roughly 2 miles of road, from Route 17A (Main Street) to Route 17, will undergo work. The vendor will supply traffic control personnel and signing patterns to guide motorists. Work will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Modifications or extensions to the work may arise depending on potential weather or project delays. Drivers should maintain safe speeds on the uneven road.

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