STATUS OF PROJECT: The project has recently moved from the Preliminary Design Phase to the Final Design Phase following the most recent Public Involvement Meeting held on January 9, 2019 at Derby City Hall. The design process is expected to continue until July 2020. Assuming that the necessary environmental, right-of-way and State Historic Preservation Office activities meet the expected schedule construction will likely begin in the Spring of 2021.
The Derby-Shelton Bridge carries Bridge Street (State Road 712) over the Housatonic River between Downtown Shelton and Downtown Derby. The bridge further represents the primary crossing of the Housatonic River within the Naugatuck Valley Region and stands as a critical element of the regional infrastructure.
The intent of the renovation-enhancement project is to create an aesthetically pleasing public space along the Derby-Shelton Bridge and provide an attractive gateway to the downtown areas of Derby and Shelton. It is being designed by AECOM under contract to the NVCOG. Construction will be advertised and administrated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT). This project will improve the bridge’s cosmetic appearance by providing an attractive link to the downtown areas of Derby and Shelton. The proposed changes to the bridge will improve traffic flow as well as fortify pedestrian and bicycling opportunities through the widening of sidewalks and the inclusion of a two-way cycle-track. These features will enhance connections to both downtowns’ appearances and functionality in conjunction with the planned Route 34 reconstruction.
The project will include:
- The replacement of bridge parapet walls. The proposed new parapet will be a concrete wall similar to what is there today and will include a short, decorative railing that will mimic the pattern of the railing at Veterans Memorial Park in Shelton. The railing treatment and its placement along the parapet will provide safety, as well as aesthetically attractive sight lines.
- The removal of existing lighting and replacement with period style lights that both enhance the presence of the bridge at night and comply with dark sky guidelines. Additional lighting will be installed within the pedestrian plaza area if needed to properly light the entire area. The new lighting will be designed to compliment the new lighting that will be installed as part of the Route 34 (Main Street) reconstruction project.
- Various roadway improvements including the addition of a second eastbound travel lane, the replacement of the bituminous pavement surface and the underlying concrete deck. The shoulders, which are very wide today, will be narrowed to accommodate a larger pedestrian space on the south side and a bi-directional cycle-track to separate bicyclists from both vehicular traffic and pedestrians.
The project will also offer connectivity with the existing Housatonic Riverwalk in Shelton and the Derby Greenway/Naugatuck River Greenway Trail in Derby. The project limits will extend from the Bridge Street intersection with Main Street in Derby to the west end of the Derby-Shelton Bridge and includes the connections to Canal Street.
It is currently expected that the design will be completed in July 2020, with construction following in the Spring of 2021. While travel lanes may be narrowed, there will be no reduction in roadway capacity.
A public information meeting on the project was held in Shelton City Hall on April 18, 2018. A second public information meeting was held on January 9, 2019 at Derby City Hall to update the public on some minor changes that have been made to the preliminary design.