The Connecticut transportation department says a highway contractor will compensate motorists for damage to their cars as a result of a highway lane opened before asphalt dried.
Agency spokesman Kevin Nursick said subcontractor Seal Coating, Inc. took responsibility for the mistake Monday on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge between Groton and New London.
Nursick said he is phoning motorists who have emailed the state agency. The subcontractor's insurance company will compensate motorists with damaged cars. He said red tape will be minimal.
The $7 million pavement preservation project started months ago in the New London, Groton and Waterford areas.
Nursick said a quarter-inch of asphalt was applied to three lanes on the north side of the bridge. Two lanes dried, but the third was reopened before it was cured, leaving vehicles splattered.
Seal Coating said its insurance company, Acadia Insurance, will cover the damage. It said it wants to stand by its good name and resolve the problem.
If drivers want to submit a claim for the damage, they can call Acadia Insurance's Matt Stopa at 1-800-870-1170 ext. 2378. The claim number is 20203020, Stopa can also be reached by email here: MATT.STOPA@ACADIA-INS.COM.
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