A massive construction project kicked off Monday on the busy Putnam Bridge, which carries Route 3 over the Connecticut River between Glastonbury and Wethersfield.
Crews told Eyewitness News that they plan to avoid construction during rush hour to minimize delays.
The Putnam Bridge has been around for more than 50 years, with thousands of cars passing over it each day.
However, Connecticut Department of Transportation officials recently decided it's time for an upgrade.
The work is expected to take two years to finish. The bridge rehabilitation project includes concrete and steel repairs, replacement of the center median and structural fixes. They'll also put in a sidewalk.
Some drivers told Eyewitness News they're all for it.
"I'm glad they're getting it fixed," said motorist Bill Huffman. "Wouldn't want it to fall down."
But, some drivers told Eyewitness News that they are worried about the traffic being caused by the construction.
"A lot of cars use it and it's going to be very difficult and a pain the neck," said motorist Judy Rowley.
DOT officials said construction will begin each weekday at 10 a.m. and then wrap at about 3 p.m.
Crews will break during rush hour and then come back later on to work through the night.
During the weekends, there are no restrictions. Crews can work around the clock.
At times, DOT officials said it may require closing one direction on the bridge.
"I suppose it could impact me, I mean, just coming up today they were cutting down trees and stuff, it's delayed me 20 minutes," Rowley said. "So, I think it's going to be difficult, necessary but difficult."
If all goes as planned, the project is expected to be completed by May of 2015.
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Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:01:35 GMT
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