Do bridges on your commute need repair? What New London County inspection data tells us.

The Sherman Street Bridge is one of 23 bridges in New London County rated in poor condition, according to U.S. Department of Transportation National Bridge Inspection data. Forty-five, including many of the 23, are rated on a separate scale as being in need of repair or corrective action. Another one of the local state-owned bridges that people are concerned with is the Mohegan-Pequot Bridge, which straddles the Montville and Preston town lines. Municipally-owned bridges are also of concern. In Norwich, the Sherman Street Bridge was found to be in poor condition, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation data, and the city has been working on replacing it, with the project going out to bid on Dec. 22 and work expected to start in the spring. As for state-owned bridges in Norwich, Long said there was work on the Scotland Road Bridge in 2019 and the state will work on Lawler Lane over I-395, set to cost 5 million. Along with the Gold Star, Rattan said the Council of Governments is focusing on bridges at I-84 in East Lyme, Old Lyme River Road, the Sherman St. Bridge, Beaver Brook Road in Franklin, and Beebe Cove in Groton, among others. Rattan said much of this is funded through various kinds of state and federal funds, including funds from the National Highway Performance Program, and the Surface Transportation Program from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

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