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East Haven Historical Society Seeks To Save 1876 Bridge

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Members of East Haven’s Historical Society are questioning the state’s plan to knock down an 1876 bridge during a road project.

Society members tell the New Haven Register (http://bit.ly/I52lhK ) they don’t understand why the Department of Transportation can’t incorporate the bridge into the $7 million realignment of routes 1 and 100, which is expected to begin in 2014. They plan to attend a public information session on the project Wednesday night.

DOT officials say the stone arch bridge spanning the Farm River is in such bad shape that it can’t be fixed or incorporated into the realignment. But federal officials will have to review the project’s effect on historic structures, because federal aid is being used.

The bridge was first built in 1644 as a wooden span with stone supports.
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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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