Fairfield to close part of Riverside Drive as crews rebuild culverts, tide gates to limit floods

Part of Riverside Drive will shut down for more than a year in the coming months as construction crews rebuild coastal infrastructure that keeps floodwaters in check. Fairfield Engineering Manager Bill Hurley said the town will launch a more than $5.5 million project this summer to replace the tide gates and pipes that channel water under the Riverside Drive bridge between Ash and Turney creeks. Pipes known as culverts form holes in the Riverside Drive bridge and allow water to pass through self-regulating tide gates, which typically open based on water levels. The culvert system protects the Riverside Drive neighborhood from flooding during high tides and coastal storms and offers the primary outlet for a watershed that fills about 2.4 square miles, according to the report.


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