Ramping up election-year media hits, Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday will be joined by Congressman Jim Himes and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal to formally announce funding and a timeline to build a new Congress Street Bridge that fell into disrepair decades ago.
Ganim’s office issued a media alert about a news conference scheduled for Friday, 1:15 p.m. in the conference room of Fire Headquarters, 30 Congress Street adjacent the old bridge site.
Last week Ganim announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation has committed 50 percent of the funding for a new bridge with a projected $24 million cost. The other half will be covered the City Council’s previously approved $12 million of city capital allocated for the construction project.
The bridge’s void has been a public safety and commerce issue for both fire response and East Side merchants.
Federal officials last year declared the Pequonnock River north of the bridge a non-navigable waterway for commercial boat traffic. As a result a new bridge can be a fixed span reducing the cost of bridge reconstruction.