GRISWOLD, Conn. (WTNH) — The reason the water level on Glasgo Pond was lowered last year was so dam repairs could be made. Now bridge repairs will be needed as well.
Rushing water is carving its way through the base of the Sheldon Road bridge making it too dangerous to cross.
“I said to them can we walk and they said they don’t want anybody on it,” says resident BJ Curran.
When the water level was lowered it revealed the safety problems the town already knew existed on the bridge but it also added to them.
The lower water is washing away the rocks and base of the bridge. It was shut down last week after residents noticed the damage.
“We thought we had a longer period of time before we’d be forced to have to repair or replace rather,” says first Selectman Kevin Skulczyck. He says this is no easy fix. It could cost $1.5 million or more and could take two to four years to finish.
“It is an inconvenience for me,” says Sean MacNamara.
Sheldon Road which is a popular shortcut to a nearby recreation area connects Rt. 138 and Rt. 165. The detour sends drivers and walkers all the way around the pond.
“Today I had to extend my walk up and around the detour which is an additional three miles,” says MacNamara.
Still he would rather be safe than sorry.
“Certainly you wouldn’t want anybody to be on the bridge or any cars to be on the bridge when it collapsed,” says MacNamara.
The first selectman is hoping federal funding will help pay to replace it.
“Certainly can’t expect the taxpayers to burden this whole project,” says Skulczyck.
Even though the bridge repair is expected to take longer than the dam repair News8 has learned that once that dam is fixed the water level on the pond will be raised again.
It will only be lowered as needed when work is done on the bridge.