MERRITT PARKWAY (ROUTE 15) SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS, RESURFACING, ENHANCEMENTS AND BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS TOWN OF WESTPORT & TOWN OF FAIRFIELD
Project 158-0211 involves resurfacing of the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) in both directions as well as various safety improvements from Newtown Turnpike in Westport (log mile 20.24) to approximately 130 feet south of Congress Street in Fairfield (log mile 25.19) for a total length of 4.95 miles. This project abuts the completed State Project Nos. 050-0204 and 144-0180 in Fairfield and Trumbull.
Project 158-0211 involves resurfacing Route 15 in both directions as well as providing various safety improvements and aesthetic enhancements. All work will conform to the “Merritt Parkway Guidelines for General Maintenance and Transportation Improvements”. Project 158-0211 also involves the rehabilitation of the existing landscaping by removing invasive species, preserving existing plantings, and adding additional plantings in accordance with the “Merritt Parkway Landscape Master Plan” dated October 1994. In addition, projects 158-0211 & 158-0207 rehabilitate and restore historic bridge structures in accordance with the “Merritt Parkway Bridge Restoration Guide” dated May 2002.
Roadway improvements include the following: improvements to the existing shoulders creating a 4-foot reinforced grass shoulder; replacing the existing variety of guiderail with Merritt Parkway Guide Rail (steel backed timber railing); correcting existing cross slopes of the roadway to meet standards; removing rock ledges and other fixed objects within the recommended clear zone or protecting it with Merritt Parkway Guide Rail or Merritt Parkway Concrete Barrier; installing a slip lined concrete curb and gutter system along the median for drainage and delineation purposes; limited full-depth pavement replacement under bridges and patching of other deteriorated areas; resurfacing of the roadway; installing new drainage; installing Merritt Parkway Median Barrier in areas where the width of the roadway is limited.
Bridge work under project 158-0211 will require minor cosmetic work (various parapet work, graffiti removal, surface and crack repairs to concrete, fencing, overlay, etc). Some bridges may require major work including removing the material on top of the bridge to expose the concrete arch or frame; repairing any deteriorated sections; applying a waterproofing membrane; re- establishing the roadway to its original profile; performing any necessary underside repairs; and finally cleaning the bridge.
Within the project limits is State Project No. 158-0207, Rehabilitation of The Saugatuck River Bridge. The bridge is a built up open spandrel steel arch bridge that consists of a main span of 130 feet and six approach spans for a total length of 153 feet - 3inches. The bridge was originally constructed in 1938, rehabilitated and widened in 1990.
Rehabilitation work will include structural repairs, cleaning and painting the entire bridge; performing concrete repairs at piers and abutments; deck patching and waterproofing; joint replacement; historic parapet replacement; topside roadway work consistent with the proposed improvements under project 158-0211