A local lawmaker has toured a DOT construction site in Newtown. State Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan visited the Rochambeau Bridge project site. Construction is slated to be completed at the end of 2023. The bridges carrying I-84 over the Housatonic River were found to be structurally deficient and had a non-redundant design. Allie-Brennan says that means if one component fails, the entire bridge would be subject to fail. The new bridges are based on current design standards where redundancy is built in to prevent failure of the entire structure. The crossing was dedicated in 1954 to the French General Rochambeau, who crossed the Housatonic while leading the French army en route to Victory at Yorktown - the last major battle of the American revolution.