The state Department of Transportation is calling in a crane to help remove debris which has washed down the Connecticut River and caught up on the stone supports of the century-old Bulkeley Bridge. The work will affect traffic over the bridge.

The two right lanes of westbound Interstate 84,  the upstream side of the bridge, are being closed to allow room for a crane to scoop up the debris.

A spokesman said the debris is not a threat to the bridge,  but the material backing up against the piers of the structure is constricting the flow of water downstream,  backing up water significantly.  He said it is not currently a problem, but could become one if allowed to continue,

The DOT provided a photograph of the piled-up debris,  which included trees, lumber, tires, bags of garbage and other material.


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