Gold Star Memorial Bridge in New London reopens after icy conditions

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– The Gold Star Memorial Bridge in New London reopened Monday Morning after the bridge was closed on both sides for nearly an hour due to the icy conditions.

State Police confirm to News 8 that both sides of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge at exit 83 on I-95 were closed due to the snow at about 7:00 A.M.. Police say that there were many spin-outs that happened on the highway before the closure. However no one was injured in those accidents.

“There was a tractor trailer completely across spun out. A couple of other cars spun out.” says Logan Rowley who was just about to get on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge southbound when she was forced to stop by a number of accidents which happened right in front of her.

“I actually saw cars spinning out in both directions,” says Rowley. “They were coming over northbound spinning out at the very top.”

The Department of Transportation says trucks started heading towards the bridge after 6:00 A.M. once the DOT got word snow started to fall. Police had shut down the highway just before the plows arrived.

“They had one truck sanding back and forth, back and forth until they let us back on the highway,” says Rowley. She didn’t get moving again for 45 minutes.

She like many were at a stand still as the plow truck cleared the snow.

State police warn drivers to leave enough room between them and the car in front of them when dealing with winter driving conditions, holiday traffic, or when they’re just heading out on the highway. Troopers expect to see accidents Wednesday when the holiday travel picks up.

“If traffic suddenly comes to a stop you want to be able to stop also,” says Trooper Kelly Grant with the Connecticut State Police. “We usually see a lot of rear end accidents and we’re trying to avoid those.”

The DOT also wants drivers to remember that bridges freeze first because the roadway temperature is colder. The Gold Star also has an added challenge to drivers during slick conditions because it has a steeper incline than some bridges. Even entrance and exit ramps can get slippery.

“It was a little slick there,” says Rowley. “Yeah so it was nasty.”

News8 had up to the minute reports Monday morning on the road conditions, closures, and reopening of the highway.

 

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