Southbound side of Putnam Bridge to close this weekend - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Southbound side of Putnam Bridge to close this weekend

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Southbound side of Putnam Bridge to close this weekend (WFSB) Southbound side of Putnam Bridge to close this weekend (WFSB)
WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Department of Transportation officials have warned drivers to steer clear of the Putnam Bridge this weekend, for the second time this summer.

The southbound lanes will be closed on the Putnam Bridge, which is Route 3 over the Connecticut River, from July 10 to July 13, weather permitting.

The Putnam Bridge runs between Wethersfield and Glastonbury.

Officials said the lanes will close on Friday night at 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Monday morning.

The closure is required for the final milling and paving of the bridge as part of the ongoing $35 million rehabilitation project.

Living in Rocky Hill, Pam Civiello said she knows first-hand about the Putnam Bridge project and all of the gridlock that comes with it.

"It was just backed up all the way before you got to the bridge itself," Civiello said. "It's just terrible getting over there. You can't do it in a timely manner."

The ferry was full of cars on Friday, and drivers are filling the seats at Shad Row in Rocky Hill, near the ferry landing.

Owner Jenna Cavalieri said the construction has brought in big business.

"This summer was so much busier than last year. The ferry has been really busy, cause of the traffic on the bridge, so we've had a line all the way up the street, people have a long wait, so they'll come and grab food," Cavalieri said.

There are other detours like the Charter Oak Bridge or taking Route 2 to Hartford and then getting on I-91 from there.

Once the job is finally done, structural repairs shouldn't need to be made for another 20 years.

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