The new northbound in place on Saturday afternoon. / Photos by Thane Grauel
The new northbound span in place Saturday afternoon. / Photos by Thane Grauel
Lengthy Interstate 95 tie-ups — this was the southbound view from the Sherwood Island Connector on Saturday afternoon — resulted from work to replace the bridge over Saugatuck Avenue. / Photo by Dawn Shmaruk

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — The newly built northbound span for Interstate 95 over Saugatuck Avenue is in place.

The state Department of Transportation on Friday night shifted all traffic (two lanes each direction) to the southbound side the two-span bridge, and workers began demolishing the original northbound span.

By Saturday morning, the new span, constructed aloft and adjacent to original over recent months, had been slid into place. A worker said Saturday the demolition went quickly so they just kept going.

This weekend’s work is to be completed and all lanes of I-95 open again by 6 a.m. Monday. The rest of it includes paving to level everything.

The same procedure will occur for the southbound span between Nov. 3 to 6. All I-95 traffic, again reduced to two lanes in each direction, will be carried by the new northbound span, while the southbound span is demolished, and its replacement rolled into its place.

The new northbound span in place. / DOT screenshot
The new northbound span in place. / DOT screenshot

Traffic was backed up and stopped altogether at various times since the weekend work began. The Merritt Parkway had heavy but moving traffic Saturday, and it appeared many truckers steered inland to Interstate 84 to make their way in and out of New England.

The local work is part of the DOT’s $104 million I-95 Norwalk Westport Project. The DOT is running the project. Yonkers Contracting Co. is doing the work. The Federal Highway Administration is funding 90 percent of it, the state 10 percent.

The project area extends from Norwalk to the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport. To follow progress of the construction, click here.

The DOT previously told the Westport Journal that if the weekend’s work was completed early, the usual traffic lanes would be restored early.

Thane Grauel grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond for 35 years. Reach him at editor@westportjournal.com. Learn more about us here.