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Construction of Danbury Road footbridge begins

Construction of a footbridge connecting the town’s recreation center property with the sidewalks in the Copps Hill area were expected to begin this week.

“The bid’s been awarded. They’re ready to start,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said.

The footbridge project was approved by the Inland Wetlands Board on Tuesday night. Town Engineer Charles Fisher described the project.

“The town proposes to build a pedestrian bridge over the Ridgefield Brook, or Norwalk River,” he said, “the purpose of which is to connect the parks and rec center with the rest of town, via sidewalks.”

The footbridge will parallel the road bridge that carries Route 35 over the stream.

Nagy Brothers of Monroe won the contract with a low bid of $156,900.

“They’ve been around a long time. They have good reputation,” Mr. Marconi said.

The town received 11 bids other bids ranging from $159,000 to $320,000 on the project. The bridge construction is to be financed with money for the Local Capital Improvement Project (LOCIP) grant that Ridgefield, like other towns, receives from the state each year. Most years Ridgefield uses the annual grant for sidewalk work.

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  • David

    Bear in mind that the state offered to build this bridge for us at no charge and we turned them down so we could better control the design of this insignificant sidewalk connector.

    I’m normally a big fan of the BOS, but I think it’s ridiculous that we turned down a free bridge and opted instead to spend $159,000. That money could have been used to help the town in other ways. For example, John Frey worked it out in Hartford that we could have used the yearly LOCIP grant to pay for school security this year. But nope, we will spend $200,000 of our own tax money on school security. How embarrassing for John Frey that he put in this effort and his own town doesn’t take advantage of it.

    What are we all wealthy in RIdgefield? Is there nothing we can’t buy ourselves?

    There’s another story in the paper today about how many Ridgefielders are living below the poverty line. Go figure.

  • Starting Over

    Well said, David. This town has refused to recognize that it’s been hit as hard financially as any community these days.

    In addition to the items you mentioned, there’s the five million for that bloated library ( and probably more as they seem to be running over budget ), new sidewalks and streetlights by Copps Hill (is that a necessity?)

    This town had never been able to distinguish between “needs” and “wants” and it’s the taxpayer that picks up the tab, whether we like ti, or not.

    Good job, Ridgefield. Just keep your head in the sand…..

  • Working for a living

    I just love the way out town monies are spent with out of town contractors Most of the time the locals don’t even get a chance to submit bids… Then they say “Shop Local”
    Just like the tree work by the on Prospect Street, 3 full days of work for $5,000.00??? Yeah sure……… Tell me another one, The motto should be (If you can’t beat them, Join them)

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