By CLAIRE GALVIN
Chronicle Staff Writer
WILLINGTON â€” After several months of anticipation, the Daleville School Road Bridge is renovated and finally ready for winter travelers.
The underside of the bridge, as well as the side abutments, needed repair. Due to age and erosion, the underside and sides deteriorated to unsafe levels.
Willington Public Works Director Derek Dimmock said the project actually finished up Nov. 22.
Sadow Excavation Inc. made the repairs this fall. The project began in the end of July.
Dimmock said traffic was not too affected by the renovation of the bridge.
At the beginning, while a cofferdam was installed, there were only intermittent closures, according to Dimmock.
The cofferdam, a temporary dam, was needed to lower the water level of the stream while the bridge was serviced. The temporary dam pulls water from one side of the construction work to the other with a pump.
The bridge cost $165,585 to repair.
The repairs were funded from leftover money from a past bridge repair and general funds.
The Polster Road Bridge project was completed with about $129,000 left over, with $13,000 used for engineering fees for the Daleville bridge.
The remaining $115,000 was not enough to meet the lowest bid for the Daleville School Road Bridge.
As a result, the board of finance in June moved to approve a transfer of $55,183 from seven line items into the capital projects fund to repair the bridge.
The bid was approved by then-First Selectman Christina Mailhos and Selectman John Blessington back in July. Then-Selectman Kim Kowalyshyn was absent.