SOUTHINGTON — Work is nearing completion on the West Center Street Extension bridge replacement project.
Public Works Director Keith Hayden said work on the bridge, which spans the Eight Mile River, is “substantially complete.” It was originally scheduled to be completed in November. Hayden said the cost of the project is about $1.2 million.
Contractors will be returning in the spring to finish work on topsoil, seeding and some minor items, Hayden said. That work may require further lane closures.
Work began in March to replace the bridge deck.
The replacement included the steel beams supporting the bridge deck and some work on the top of the abutments to support the new beams, Hayden said.
The repairs should last about 75 years, he said.
Bridges are rated by the state on a scale of zero to nine. The highest rating indicates a brand-new bridge and a zero is a closed bridge. Ratings of four or less are considered structurally deficient, but not necessarily unsafe.
The bridge’s deck was rated at three, while other components, such as the superstructure and substructure, were rated at six or seven. The bridge was originally built in 1961.