STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford celebrated the rebirth of the Cold Spring Road Bridge Monday officially reopening the road after the recent completion of its rehabilitation project, which extended its life another 50 years.
The bridge was first erected in 1935, and was rated as poor by a state inspector prior to the reconstruction, City Engineer Louis Casolo said during the rededication ceremony. In addition to replacing the deteriorating bridge, the project included keeping the archway, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, he said.
“It was very important to the community,” Casolo said adding that local politicians, residents, and board members all stressed maintaining the character of the bridge.
“It’s really the same bridge,” Mayor Michael Pavia said at the ceremony..
The construction work which began in March of 2011 took about 15 months being completed this past June, Casolo said. The project included adding new water and gas mains, reconstructing abutment walls, and new railings along the sidewalks, he said.
The project cost a total of $1.5 million, with about 28 percent eligible for reimbursement through the state’s Department of Transportation’s Local Bridge Program, the release said. The rest will come from city funds, which both Casolo and Pavia felt was not a lot for the amount of use the bridge gets.
“It’s probably pennies per vehicle per trip,” Pavia said.
This is the sixth bridge the city has replaced in the past 12 years, since Casolo began working for the city, and work will begin on a seventh next year, he said -- the bridge on June Road in North Stamford.