Engineering and construction work will take place on the Lane Street bridge over Means Brook, as the result of several expenditures approved by the Shelton Board of Aldermen at its Thursday, Feb. 14, regular meeting.
According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the bridge needs replacement because of several factors, chief among them its age (76 years) and a “poor” DOT rating. The bridge also has no sidewalks and has a critical level of scour, a phenomenon in which fast-moving water removes sediment such as sand and gravel from around bridge abutments or piers and can lead to bridge failure. Additionally, the bridge’s twin culverts need to be replaced.
The agreement approved by the Board of Aldermen directs $249,329 to the firm of Milone & MacBroom of Cheshire, for construction inspection services. It also directs $2,048,092, to New England Road, Inc., of Clinton, for construction services. Ultimately, the state DOT will reimburse Shelton for 80 percent of the cost.
Security, streetlights, sidewalks
Alderman also approved a variety of measures concerning safety for motorists, pedestrians and schoolchildren at the meeting:
• Earning unanimous approval was a measure to reimburse several property owners for the costs associated with replacing sidewalks along their properties. Those property owners are St. Joseph’s School, located at 420 Coram Ave., and Manisha Yadav, whose properties are at 129-131 Oak Ave. The amounts approved by the board for reimbursement were $10,344 and $5,040, respectively. The board also authorized the finance director to transfer $13,398 from city’s Contingency General Account to the Sidewalk Reimbursement Account.
• The board also approved an expenditure of $4,580 for locks and security upgrades at Holy Trinity School on Soundview Avenue. The vendor is Calvert Safe and Lock. “These will be the same locks used on every elementary school in the city,” said Mayor Mark Lauretti. “This is a legitimate public safety measure.”
• The Aldermen approved measures to install new LED street lights on poles at two street corners. They are at Sylvester’s Way and Perry Hill Road, and at Coppel Lane and Armstrong Road. They would have annual costs of $98.92 and $92.06, respectively. Lauretti questioned their necessity, but Third Ward Alderman Cris Balamaci noted they had been recommended by the Public Health and Safety Committee. The sole “no” vote was cast by Anthony Simonetti, alderman for the First Ward.
The board approved $2,562.50 for the city’s corporation counsel, the firm of Teodosio Stanek, and $1,452 for assistant corporation counsel Thomas Galvin Cotter.