September 18, 2020

Now Five Weeks Behind Schedule, Griswold Gives Update on Mile Creek Bridge Replacement Project

The first stage of the Mile Creek Bridge installation. Photos by T. Griswold.

OLD LYME — The Mile Creek Bridge replacement project finally moved forward again this past Monday when the bridge decking over the Black Hall River was installed. A large crane lowered each section into place and Machnik Bros. Construction is now in the process of completing the final installation.

The second stage of the Mile Creek Bridge installation.

Old Lyme First Selectman Tim Griswold told LymeLine.com that at this point, the project is about five weeks behind schedule, noting, “The fabricator in Massachusetts had told Tom Machnik there were a variety of problems, including COVID.”

Griswold commented, “That is behind us now, but frustrating nonetheless.”

The third and final stage of the Mile Creek Bridge installation.

Due to the delay, Griswold said the project is now scheduled to, “Wind up in the first half of October.”

Stressing that,  “The delay is not in any way related to the Machnik Brothers’ performance,” Griswold added, “The board of selectmen thank the affected residents, who must detour the bridge, for their understanding and patience.”

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