Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I wanted to take an opportunity to share some exciting news with you! The United States Coast Guard has released a final ruling regarding the East Haddam Swing Bridge that establishes a new draw schedule. This proposal has undergone a great deal of work and I want to thank the USCG, the CT DOT, United States Representative Joe Courtney and all other parties involved for their effort and commitment to our community. We have had several meetings on this important issue over the last many months, which culminated with a stakeholder meeting of the East Haddam and Haddam First Selectmen, Coast Guard staff, CT DOT engineers, area marina owners and local businesses last summer. It is my pleasure to relay this information to you as it will surely make our beautiful and historic Swing Bridge less chaotic for the time to come.
The new schedule is set to take effect August 17th, 2017.
Please see below for the more information and the new schedule.
The Coast Guard is changing the operating schedule that governs the Route 82 Bridge (East Haddam Swing Bridge) across the Connecticut River in East Haddam, Connecticut. The Connecticut Department of Transportation submitted a request to reduce scheduled openings of the span for recreational vessels during the boating season and to allow the bridge owner to require six hours notice for bridge openings at night during the winter season. It is expected this change to the regulations will better serve the needs of the community while still continuing to satisfy the reasonable needs of navigation.
The draw of the Route 82 Bridge, mile 16.8, at East Haddam, shall operate as follows:
From May 1 through October 31: The draw shall open on signal for commercial vessels. For recreational vessels, the draw shall open on signal, except that from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., the draw need open for recreational vessels on the hour only.
From November 1 through April 30: The draw shall open on signal for all vessels, except that from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., the draw shall open on signal if at least six-hours notice is given by calling the number posted at the bridge.
For the full report, please click here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at Melissa.Ziobron@housegop.ct.gov or call (860) 240-8700.