Two 100-year-old Greenwich bridges to be replaced

March 4, 2012 by  

Plans are underway to tear down the century old, Old Greenwich Tomac Avenue and Sound Beach railroad bridges. The demolitions will mark the beginning of a major four-year construction project set to begin in 2013 that will replace the historic railroad bridges.

Both bridges have served countless trains and thousands of commuters for more than 100 years. Although the wear and tear of a century’s worth of use has not diminished the sturdiness of the structures, time has left the bridges less than aesthetically pleasing. Paint is peeling, metal is rusting and concrete is crumbling on both passageways.

There comes a point when bridges simply outlive their lifespans, explained Kevin Nursick, state Department of Transportation spokesman. It makes more financial sense to spend $30 to $40 million to build new bridges than it does to basically throw money away trying to patch up the existing bridges, Nursick added.

The new bridges will meet the latest standards and will have a life expectancy of 75 to 100 years. One of the major aspects of the project is the removal of the center pillar that separates north and southbound traffic under the Sound Avenue Beach bridge. The removal will make room for a second southbound turning lane.

Design work should be wrapped up by November. Poster printing may well be used to display design plans for the new bridges. The project’s initial phase will consist of rebuilding the parking lot at the south side. Work is set to begin in early 2013 barring any unforeseen obstacles.