Next phase of Gold Star bridge construction to involve major lane changes

The planned replacement of the deck on the northbound Gold Star Memorial Bridge will require shifting two northbound lanes of traffic to the southbound span in two years. At a public forum on Tuesday, the state Department of Transportation unveiled the planned configuration and details of the next phase of construction on the northbound span that will fix the bridge and make it so oversized trucks can cross. Brais said Tuesday that since the state DOT is planning another project to strengthen the steel on the southbound side from the summer of 2025 to the summer 2026, the crossover of the lanes won’t start until 2026. Currently, for the first phase of the project, crews are strengthening the steel on the truss spans, which are the main spans over the Thames River, Brais said. The first phase began in 2022 and is anticipated to be completed in June 2025.

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