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03/02/2021 12:30 PM

Section of Plum Bank Road, Saybrook, to Close March 8

A stretch of Plum Bank Road (Route 154) will be closed from Monday, March 8 to at most May 3. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Work on a bridge over Plum Bank Creek that will close a stretch of Plum Bank Road (Route 154) in Old Saybrook has been delayed one week—the closure will take place beginning Monday, March 8.

Both vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be prohibited between the entrance to Harvey’s Beach and Tom’s Road (which has no outlet), a distance of about 0.2 miles. According to a press release issued by the town of Old Saybrook on Feb. 4, the closure will last a maximum of 84 consecutive days.

This is the second phase of a project to repair two bridges on the route that began in October 2020. The work is being conducted by Arborio Construction of Cromwell under the auspices of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT).

“The existing bridge will be demolished to below the existing subgrade” and a new one constructed, according to a September 2020 DOT press release. A new water main will be installed as part of the construction of the new bridge and “overhead utilities” will be returned “to approximately the same location.”

The cost of the project is roughly $2.2 million. It is expected to be completed as of July 30.