Stamford’s inability to decide how to fix the West Main Street Bridge has cost the city $850,000

While city leaders have again and again debated what should be done with the run-down bridge, a federal grant awarded to Stamford in 2012 to replace the structure has expired. The more than 130-year-old bridge, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and also called the Purple Bridge, closed to motor vehicles in 2002. A debate has raged in the years since, including over whether the link between the city’s downtown and West Side should be open to cars once more, become a pedestrian-only bridge or a combination of the two. When the city was awarded the $850,000 federal grant in 2012, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said it was meant for a new pedestrian bridge. But he said that could change if there was a strong desire from the city to construct a span for cars as well as pedestrians.

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