Swing Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Haddam/East Haddam Swing Bridge


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Swing Bridge Project Weekly Update: Construction Activities - Week of May 21, 2023

The Connecticut Department of Transportation advises the following construction activities for the upcoming week:


Town of Haddam 
  • Crews will continue with bridge abutment rehabilitation.
  • Crews will continue with retaining wall construction along the southside of Route 82.
Town of East Haddam:
  • Crews will be installing temporary bridge rails.
  • Crews will perform bottom chord repairs on Span 2.  
  • Crews will perform surface prep followed by priming on Span 2.
  • Crews will be installing conduit on the Swing Span.
  • Crews will be preparing for upcoming Superstructure removal. 
  • Crews will continue with repair work of the swing span's mechanical and electircal systems. 
Bridge Work: (Nighttime Work)
  • Crews will perform surface prep followed by priming on Span 2.  
  • Crews will continue with repair work of the swing span's mechanical and electrical systems.  
Vehicular Advisory:
  • Single land closures on Route 82 will occur Monday - Friday between 9am -3pm within the project limits. Traffic flaggers will coordinate the alternating traffic sequence.
  • All lanes will be reopened and operational during peak traffic hours. 
  • Weeknight bridge closures will occur Monday - Friday this week. Be advised that Saturday and Sunday night closures may also occur if weekdays are lost due to bad weather.
  • When an overnight road closure is required, the hours of closure will be implemented per the following:   


  • Monday - 7pm - 6am
  • Tuesday - 7pm - 6am
  • Wednesday - 11pm - 6am
  • Thursday 11pm - 6am 
  • Friday 11:30pm - 8am 
  • Weekends (if required)
  • Saturday - 11:30pm - 8am
  • Sunday 10:00pm - 6am. 

Marine Advisory:

  • The East Haddam Swing Bridge's schedule for limited openings to boats will be as follows (until further notice): 
  • Two openings Thursday's 10am & 1pm
  • Two openings on Saturday's 10am & 1pm
  • Two openings on Sunday's 10am & 1pm

Boaters are advised that the swing span is still in a state of disrepair and that each of these test swings will require monitoring by a team of engineers, if during a test swing, the team witnesses anything that potentially puts the bridge at risk, the remaining test swing openings would be canceled.

For future scheduled openings for maritime traffic, click here

 Also, the contractor has temporarily removed approximately 50 feet of their suspended scaffold to provide additional vertical clearance for boats that generally do not require the bridge to swing opening to pass through. The temporary scaffold removal was done in the channel that is closest to the East Haddam shoreline.

Boaters are advised that currently the approximate vertical clearance to the scaffold are as follows: 

Low tide clearance is about 18’-8”

High tide clearance is about 16’-8”

The tide clearance boards are recommended as the best reference for gauging clearance at time of passage, the boards are located on the swing span pivot pier and teh bulkhead at Goodspeed, both have been adjusted to reflect the vertical clearances in locations of the contractor's suspended scaffold. Be advised that there is approximately 3 feet of additional clearance in the location where the scaffold was temporarily removed.

Navigational beacons have been installed on the bridge to designate the channel. 

Please be advised: 

  • Weekend work is not anticipated. 
  • We are now sending TEXT Alerts for bridge closures and re-openings, closure cancellations, and any emergency closures. To Opt-in, text the word SWINGBRIDGE to 888777. (Message and Data rates may apply). In addition to SMS messages, if you would like to receive Swing Bridge open/closed status notices via email or a voice call from Everbridge, please click here to enter the required information. Message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help, STOP to Opt-out.
  • Effective November 11, 2022, any trucks that exceed 16 tons are restricted from using the East Haddam Swing Bridge, until further notice. Routine enforcement has been scheduled with the Connecticut State Police and Department of Motor Vehicles. 
  • Project traffic CAMS (one on each side of the river) are available 24/7 to monitor the traffic conditions at the bridge, the camera feeds are viewable from our project website homepage
  • Road signage will alert drivers to lane closures in the construction area.  Please pay attention to road signage, slow down, and stay safe! 
  • Access to local businesses and residents within the work zones will be maintained. 
  • Unforeseen circumstances have the potential to impact all scheduled construction activities. 

If you have any questions related to construction, please send an e-mail to dotproject40-141@ct.gov

April 14, 2023 Update: 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that overnight road closures of Route 82 over the Connecticut River (East Haddam Swing Bridge) will occur from Monday, April 24, 2023 through Friday, May 26, 2023.



There will be complete bridge closures to vehicular traffic every Monday through Friday night. Be advised that Saturday and Sunday night closures may also occur if weekday nights are cancelled due to inclement weather. (Weekend updates will be provided at the end of the week to inform the public on weekend closures).

The overnight closures will be implemented per the following schedule:

Mon. night into Tues. morning – 7:00pm to 6:00am
Tues. night into Wed. morning – 7:00pm to 6:00am
Wed. night into Thur. morning – 11:00pm to 6:00am
Thurs. night into Fri. morning – 11:00pm to 6:00am
Fri. night into Sat. morning – 11:30pm to 8:00am


Weekends (If required)
Sat. night into Sun. morning – 11:30pm to 8:00am
Sun. night into Mon. morning – 10:00pm to 6:00am

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that the Extended Lane Closure scheduled to occur between April 1, 2023 and May 15, 2023 where only one lane of travel would be operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week under traffic signalization control has been removed from the project.

In lieu of the extended alternating one-lane signalized traffic, daily single lane closure will occur Monday through Friday with no time-of-day restrictions. This change will be in affect during the contract specified time frame for the extended lane closure, April 1, 2023 to May 15, 2023.

This modification to the traffic control plan will allow for the road to return to two lanes of traffic at the end of the contractor’s work shift. The change also allows greater ability to relieve traffic buildup that would otherwise have occurred if traffic signalization had been implemented.

Additionally, inclement weather or construction related issues could cause cancellations of overnight bridge closures, we will communicate cancellations if they occur.

Motorist alternative options to cross the Connecticut River during these overnight bridge closures will be as follows:

Traveling to/from the South – Use the signed detour utilizing the Baldwin Bridge (I-95 Old Saybrook).

Traveling to/from the North – utilize the Arrigoni Bridge (Middletown-Portland).


Click here to see the Swing Bridge Preconstruction Slide Show (June 2022)


Click here to read the Anticipated Park Impact (Eagle Landing State Park)