The Connecticut Department of Transportation is advising motorists that they can expect significant delays on the Arrigoni Bridge in Portland and Middletown beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting, and continuing until 6 a.m. Monday.
Motorists should use an alternate route, if possible.
The Arrigoni Bridge will be restricted to alternating one-way traffic to complete preparatory work in advance of the final paving of Stage 3 (northern side of the bridge) on the two main spans, the state DOT said in a press release. The work includes the removal of the temporary concrete barrier and crash system, eradication of the temporary pavement markings and placement of temporary marking tape to delineate travel areas and the work zone.
Upon completion of this work, traffic will be restored to the pattern/alignment that is currently in place - one lane in each direction along south side of structure with the north sidewalk remaining closed, until the final membraning and paving of the Stage 3 deck system is completed at the end of August.
Several more traffic shifts will be occurring after Labor Day, the state DOT said. These traffic shifts will be required to complete final membraning and paving of Stages 1 and 2 which currently have temporary pavement in place. The milling and paving of bridge approach areas and sidewalk repairs remain. The contract is on schedule and will be completed in November 2012.