DARIEN – The town of Darien announced via Instagram on Monday.that they found deficiencies in the condition of a local bridge.
According to a Darien Department of Public Works press release, the town detected defects on the Hanson Road Bridge during routine maintenance checks. The bridge sits across Stony Brook River, about 1.1 miles from Darien High School
The department said the town is in the process of determining repairs, but the concrete bridge is “safe to travel over and is being monitored on a regular basis.”
Darien’s consultant recommended that the town place barricades along the north side of the bridge where the deficiency was noted, restricting the width from both sides. The department advises drivers to use caution and take alternate routes if possible.
According to the state Department of Transportation’s Eligible Bridge List, Hanson Road Bridge was last inspected in 1991. As of March, the structural deficiencies of the bridge were unknown, but it is eligible for state rehabilitation/replacement.
The Western Connecticut Council of Governments added an action to Darien’s 2021 Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify and upgrade bridges known to be having adverse impacts on drainage, flooding, navigation, safety and environmental quality. WestCOG assigned the action as a low priority. It is anticipated to cost more than $1 million and could take until 2026 to complete.
Darien town officials did not respond to queries by CT Examiner in time for publication of this story.