Swing Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Haddam/East Haddam Swing Bridge


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Swing Bridge Project Weekly Update: Construction Activities - Week of May 19, 2024

Updated 63-hour Bridge Closure Schedule (as of 5/6/2024) 

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


Town of Haddam 
  • Pile cap curb installation.
  • Sidewalk installation

Town of East Haddam:

  • Pile cap curb installation.
  • Sidewalk installation
Bridge Work: 
3 & 4 (Swing Span)
  • Deck replacement.
  • Miscellaneous steel repairs. 
  • Bridge sidewalk installation. 
  • Painting.

Pier 3:

  • Infrastructure rehab.  

Machinery Room/Control House 

  • Crews will be working on infrastructure rehab.
  • Swing Testing

Nighttime work:

  • Crews will continue with miscellaneous steel repairs.
  • Span 3 &4 Deck replacement.

Vehicular Advisory: 

  • 63-HOUR BRIDGE CLOSURE this week. (Closure begins Sunday 5/19 at 8pm and reopens Wednesday 5/23 at 11am) 

  Overnight Bridge Closures:

Any changes to these scheduled closures will be communicated. 

  • Wed. night into Thur. morning – 11pm to 6am
  • Thur. night into Fri. morning – 11pm to 6am
  • Fri. night into Sat. morning - 11:30pm - 8am

Swing Span Testing

  • The contractor will be performing test openings of the new mechanicals of the swing span throughout this week, these random tests will only occur between 9am and 3pm. The Contractor will work to limit traffic backups, but delays should be anticipated during these test runs. 
Lane Closures:
  • Single lane closures on Route 82 will occur Wednesday 11am-3pm and on Thursday & Friday from 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.

Marine Advisory:

The Swing Bridge openings to mariners from April 1, 2024 - August 31, 2024 will be as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday openings @ 10 am & 2pm.
  • Friday through Sunday openings at 10am, 2pm, and 5pm.

During 63-hour bridge closures, the bridge will remain in the closed position, NO OPENINGS for boats will occur.

Inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances have the potential to impact the actual dates of these 63-hour closures. A mariner notice will be issued at least 24-hours prior to the start of a cancellation.

The contractor has temporarily removed a portion of their suspended scaffold to provide additional vertical clearance for boats that generally do not require the bridge to swing open to pass through.

The tide clearance board is recommended as the best reference for gauging clearance at time of passage, the board is located on the bulkhead at Goodspeed, it has been adjusted to reflect the vertical clearance to the contractor’s suspended scaffold. Be advised that there is approximately 3 feet of additional clearance in the location where the scaffold has been temporarily removed.

The bridge operator can be reached at 860-218-4973.


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


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)