Sherman Street bridge replacement on horizon in Norwich

Two months behind the anticipated April 1 start of the Sherman Street bridge reconstruction, the city has awarded the $10.3 million contract for the work to Plainville-based Manafort Bros. Inc. The long-planned project now is expected to begin in June, but the bridge will not completely be closed to traffic until after the school year ends for Norwich Public Schools on June 22, city Public Works Director Patrick McLaughlin said. The city awarded the contract to Manafort on Friday. The company was the low bidder at $10,319,393, about $200,000 below the second-lowest bidder, McLaughlin said. The $10 million project, paid for with 80% federal funds, 10% state funds and 10% city money, could cause traffic headaches for everyone from city residents to ambulance and school bus drivers and students walking to NFA from Asylum Street and nearby neighborhoods.

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