State issues key permit for long-shuttered Bridgeport bridge

The slog to replace the demolished Congress Street Bridge that used to link downtown and the East Side got a significant boost last week with the issuance of a key permit from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Still, if the current project timeline remains unchanged, the span will not be completed until possibly late-2024 or even 2025 — over eight years since Mayor Joe Ganim sought to make the bridge a priority for his administration. She said it will take an estimated 18 months to complete the bridge, which, depending on how long it takes to select a contractor, could mean the new Congress Street structure will not be open to traffic until late 2024 or early 2025. One remaining issue, however, will be the price tag, whether inflation and supply chain issues have increased the cost beyond $24 million, and, if so, where the additional dollars will come from.

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