Sep 19, 2013
04:45 AMThe Connecticut Story
New Bridge on I-95 in New Haven to Cost $130 Million; Work to Start Next Spring
Another bridge on I-95 in New Haven is coming down.
Bids were opened last week to replace the Interstate 95 bridge over the West River between West Haven and New Haven, according to Brian Mercure, assistant district engineer for the state Department of Transportation.
The apparent low bidder was The Middlesex Corp. of Littleton, Mass., at $129,773,454. “It’s $30 million less than we expected,” Mercure said. The job was priced “in the $160 million range, so we saved around $30 million, just in the bid here, which is good for the department’s program, and means more work can go out.”
Seven other companies bid for the work, with the Yonkers/Brunalli Joint Venture the high bidder at more than $177 million.
The bridge is just west of Exit 44 at Kimberly Avenue, spans the moorings of a marina and looks down on the West Haven public composting site. To the east, work is being done on I-95 around Exit 46 at Long Wharf, the interchange of I-95, I-91 and Route 34 is being reconfigured and the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge is being replaced.
“Spring of next year, we’ll probably have a groundbreaking and work will begin,” with the work complete in 2018, Mercure said. He said the additional construction project will not slow traffic much.