Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Improvements to the Derby-Shelton Bridge over the Housatonic River

March 26, 2021

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the start of work activities on April 1, 2021, for repair and reconfiguration of the Derby-Shelton Bridge over the Housatonic River.  The work is primarily intended to improve access for both cyclists and pedestrians.

The proposed work includes the coordination and movement of several utilities and an overall realignment of traffic resulting in a final configuration of three 11-foot travel lanes, two sidewalks (5-foot and roughly 8-foot) and a 10-foot bike lane. The parapets will be reconstructed to meet new safety standards with the current historic shape and finish. The existing lighting will also be upgraded and include decorative light standards.

Additional details from CT DOT:

  • SR 712 (Bridge Street) Between Howe Avenue and Route 34 (Main Street), the contractor will maintain a minimum of one 11-foot  travel lane in each direction.
  • Work will begin on the northern side of the structure and progress to the center of the bridge and finish with the reconstruction of the southern parapet.
  • Access to and from the Derby Greenway will be maintained except during the actual construction of an upgraded access point.
  • Additional informational press releases will be issued prior to stage changes alerting motorists to the new alignment.

Additional information and resources available on the CT DOT website.