Rebuilding Norwalk bridge to cost $20M+, officials say as they laud I-95 reopening after tanker fire

During a news conference nestled in Norwalk’s Cedar Street Bridge overlooking I-95, Gov. Ned Lamont, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling commended the combined efforts of federal, state and local governments in reopening I-95 within days of the three-vehicle crash. Blumenthal called the 80-hour process that brought down the charred Fairfield Avenue bridge over I-95 a “symphony of teamwork” — a collaboration that cleared the way for rebuilding efforts that will be complete within a year and likely cost over $20 million, according to state Department of Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto. “We think the total cost will be upwards around $20 million, clean up and rebuild,” Eucalitto said. On Monday evening, Lamont’s office announced that U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has approved $3 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief funds to help offset the costs of the reconstruction of the bridge.

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