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Connecticut DOT Wins Historic Preservation Award for Merritt Parkway Bridge Project

GREENWICH, CT — The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has won a historic preservation award from Preservation Connecticut for its work in rehabilitating the 1940-era Lake Avenue bridge over the Merritt Parkway in Greenwich.

“An award of this nature illustrates and underscores the DOT’s commitment to historic preservation, as well as our ability to partner with local and statewide organizations to keep our history alive and our highways safe, while staying as true to the original design as possible,” said CTDOT Commissioner Joseph J. Giulietti. “I want to commend everyone involved in this important project, including the town of Greenwich and the Merritt Parkway Conservancy.”

The award will be presented at Preservation Connecticut’s Annual meeting in recognition of the year’s achievements in preservation excellence. The project is a result of a public-private collaboration between CTDOT and the Merritt Parkway Conservancy.

The reconstruction involved full removal of the original cast iron panels for off-site restoration. Prior to their removal, a 3-D laser scan was taken of the bridge as insurance that the ornate panels could be recreated in the event they were damaged. Fortunately, all the panels remained intact throughout their removal, restoration, and re-installation on the bridge. Site engineers Elona Coppola and Mark Strang oversaw the day to day management of the bridge construction project.

DOT’s Bridge Design team collaborated with District 3 Construction, the Office of Environmental Planning, the Merritt Parkway Conservancy, Merritt Parkway Advisory Committee, and the town of Greenwich as they developed repairs that would meet the structural needs of the bridge and remain sympathetic to the original design.

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