The Island Street Bridge in Wilton is expected to reopen on schedule on August 17, after a six-week closure as the bridge was rebuilt. (Kathleen Baglio Humphreys)
Wilton's Island Street Bridge repairs on schedule
The bridge links Route 101A to downtown Wilton’s Main Street and Route 31. Detours take commuters miles out of their way.
Project Manager Brian Emmons from TBuck Construction said, “We are completely on schedule.” He expects the bridge to be reopened by 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17.
According to Emmons, the bridge needed more rehab to the existing abutments than expected. The new concrete deck has been poured and the sidewalks and curbs are complete.
Magic Mirror Salon owner Kathryn Rockwood said, “Many of my customers have been a few minutes late because they forget the bridge is out.”
“I have not noticed a big change because summer is my slow time. I’m glad it’s being done now instead of the fall when business picks up and if it lingered into the holidays that would be bad,” said Doug Nelson, owner of Nelson’s Candy on Main Street.
Before the construction, large trucks were restricted from traveling down Main Street but with the bridge out of service they now head through the business area.
Work began on the bridge June 9 with one lane traffic while detour signs went up by July 7, putting it out of commission for six weeks.