BRISTOL – City Hall announced that Memorial Boulevard Bridge would be reopening with detours to be removed this coming Monday for traffic patterns to once again resume normally.
Construction on the project started in June. The creation of parapets and sidewalks will continue along with decorative elements throughout the winter season and on into spring, said city officials. Some closures may occur temporarily as work is done.
Cyclists and drivers are encouraged to remain vigilant as construction continues.
Officials said the bridge is slated to be reworked to honor veterans as well as the city’s clock making heritage with motifs in league with those themes. Discusses were made with the Bristol Board of Parks Commissioners as well as the Bristol Veterans Council.
The bridge was rehabilitated as it had been gradually degrading and is receiving a facelift as officials have often referred to it as an entrance to the city’s downtown.
Trademark Contractors was awarded the project for over $2.5 million. Funding for the project was provided through the state’s bridge program with 50% match of funding municipal and federal dollars through a “progressive reimbursement” process back to the city.