City may replace bridge on road in Huntington

The city is contemplating a project to replace the Lane Street bridge over Means Brook, according to a press release from Mayor Mark Lauretti’s office.

The bridge replacement project would receive funding from the Federal Local Bridge Program administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT).

The city would receive 80% reimbursement from the federal government for the project, according to the release, and have to pay 20% of the cost from municipal funds.

Where is Lane Street?

Lane Street is a road that intersects with Huntington Street and Church Street, at the Huntington Green. Most of the road is east of Huntington Street, where it crosses over Means Brook not too far from the Green and eventually is a dead-end.

There is a cemetery, part of a golf course and a number of single-family homes on Lane Street, and one end of the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path begins on the road.

Means Brook eventually flows into the Far Mill River about a half mile south of the Huntington Green.

Seeking public input

If the project is pursued, design work would be expected to begin in late 2013, with construction likely in 2015 or 2016, according to the release.

Lauretti noted that local and state policy is to provide early information on such possible projects to the public so people can raise any concerns with municipal officials toward the start of the process.

People wanting additional information on this possible project should call City Engineer Robert Kulacz at 203-924-1555, Ext. 17.

The federal program

The federal aid for the bridge project was authorized in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act, which is administered by the Federal High Administration and the Connecticut DOT.