Norwalk to replace aging West Cedar Street bridge with wider two-lane overpass

Engineers plan to replace the 112-year-old bridge on West Cedar Street that crosses the Five Mile River with a wider overpass that can accommodate two full lanes of traffic and a sidewalk. The larger concrete bridge will be designed to match the historic but slowly deteriorating stone structure that stands near Norwalk Community College’s main campus, according to Vanessa Valadares, a city engineer. Mears said engineers plan to submit a finalized bridge design by early July. Demolition of the old bridge and the construction of the new structure is not expected to begin until the spring of 2024. Since the bridge is surrounded by a series of wetlands, the construction plans must first be approved by the conservation commission before work can begin. The commission voted to hold a public hearing for the project on June 14.

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