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ABOUT THE PROJECT

This project involves the resurfacing of Route 15 in both directions, as well as providing various safety improvements and aesthetic enhancements from Main Avenue (Route 7) in Norwalk to Newtown Turnpike in Westport, for a length of 2.5 miles. In addition, rehabilitation of the existing landscaping will be completed by removing invasive species, preserving existing plantings, and adding plantings and the rehabilitation and restoration of historic bridge structures

Roadway improvements will include:

  • Widening of existing shoulders
  • Replacing the existing variety of guiderail
  • Correcting the existing cross slopes of the roadway to meet current standards.
  • Removing rock ledges and other fixed objects within the recommended clear zone or protecting it with concrete barrier in areas where the width of the roadway is limited.
  • Installing a slip-lined concrete curb and gutter system along the median for drainage and delineation purposes.
  • Limited full-depth pavement replacement under bridges and patching of other deteriorated areas.
  • Resurfacing of the roadway.
  • Installing new drainage
  • Installing barrier
The bridges within the project limits will require minor cosmetic work (various parapet work, graffiti removal, surface and crack repairs to the concrete, fencing, overlay, etc.) Some bridges require major work including:

  • Removing the material on top of the bridge to expose the concrete arch or frame.
  • Repairing deteriorated sections
  • Applying a waterproofing membrane
  • Re-establishing the roadway to its original profile
  • Performing any necessary underside repairs
  • Cleaning the bridge

Historic Information

The Merritt Parkway construction began in 1934 and by June 1938 the first 17.5 miles of the parkway were opened to the public. This highway was designed to make the roadway blend in with the topographic scenery of the surrounding area.

Work on the bridges include the restoration of the historic metal railings. All bridge repairs and safety improvements are designed to maintain the unique appearance of each structure.

The maintenance of the existing plantings and additional plantings will be in accordance with the Merritt Parkway Landscape Master Plan.