Two Weeks of Night Closures Scheduled for East Haddam Swing Bridge

An aerial view of the East Haddam Swing Bridge (CT DOT)


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EAST HADDAM — From Feb. 20 to March 3, complete closures of the East Haddam Swing Bridge on Route 82 are scheduled for Monday through Friday nights, with possible closures on Saturday and Sunday nights if inclement weather cancels work during the week. 

The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on those dates, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. 

Updates on weekend closures will be available on Thursdays each week. Motorists can receive closure alerts by signing up here

During the night closures, traffic will be detoured to the I-95 Baldwin Bridge in Old Saybrook and Old Lyme, and to the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown and Portland. 

The closures began Jan. 4 for rehabilitation of the 110-year-old bridge and work is expected to be completed February 25, 2025, according to CT DOT. 

Pennsylvania-based American Bridge Company built the bridge in 1913 and was awarded a $55 million contract in June 2022 to repair and update structural and electrical components of the bridge. 

A cantilevered pedestrian bridge will also be constructed, adding $23 million to the $55 cost, according to a spokesperson for CT DOT. 

The state has estimated the two-year project will require 25 full bridge closures in addition to about 23 weeks of 24/7 one-way alternating traffic. From December through March in 2023 and 2024, passage through the bridge will be closed to boats taller than 25 feet. 

Editor’s note: East Haddam Swing Bridge closure will be for two weeks, not three weeks as previously published. This story has been corrected.