April 13, 2021

Senator Haskell, Rep. Steinberg Applaud State Release of Funding to Support Sherwood Island State Park Bridge Replacement

Today, State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport) and State Representative Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport) applauded the State Bond Commission’s planned commitment of just over $2.5 million to finance capital improvements at various state parks, specifically earmarking funds to replace a Sherwood Island State Park bridge in Westport.

“Sherwood Island is a treasure, connecting Fairfield County residents with the beauty of the Long Island Sound. As the oldest state park in Connecticut, it’s critical that we invest in the park’s maintenance and preserve it for the next generation of birders, bikers, hikers and beach goers,” said Sen. Haskell. “I’m grateful that Governor Lamont recognizes the importance of funding project and replacing a bridge that’s currently in poor condition.”

“Westport is proud to be the home of the state’s first state park and I applaud the Governor’s decision to address the park’s infrastructure needs,” said Rep. Steinberg.

The State Bond Commission’s agenda for its Friday, April 16 meeting sees it agree to release funds to finance minor capital improvements at various state parks and wildlife management areas, as well as repair a bridge in serious condition in Sherwood Island State Park. Bridge W28, which dates to 1958, carries Sherwood Island Lane over Mill Creek. The bridge was recently rated in serious condition when inspected, and the project will involve the construction of a one-lane bridge that will then be placed where the existing bridge currently stands. The new bridge will be comprised of a new prefabricated, galvanized steel superstructure, with concrete abutments protected by permanent sheet pile enclosures.