The Danbury City Council gave approval back in August to apply for state grants to do bridge work on three crossings over the Still River, but the measure cited the wrong pool of money. Approval was given to apply for money from the LOCIP. The Council this month gave new approval to apply for funding from the correct source, DOT Local Bridge Program. The DOT has confirmed that Danbury will be getting the three grants.
Crosby Street connector bridge over the Still River project cost is about $1.57 million. Danbury officials are seeking a state grant of $758,102. Kennedy Avenue bridge work will cost $2.9 million. The state grant request is $1.4 million. Work on the Triangle Street bridge over the Still River is estimated to cost is $517,333. The state grant request is $258,666.
Councilman Paul Rotello says the Kennedy Avenue bridge crosses several lanes of traffic near the channel originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers when they buried the Still River. He questioned why the Army Corps isn't paying for the work. Mayor Mark Boughton says the Army Corps doesn't fund maintenance or replacement of bridges. They only fund the initial construction, design and engineering. The go-to funding source for maintenance is the state.