Hebert on Route 35 bridge: ‘Clean it up!’

Piles of plastic pipes, dilapidated fencing, bulldozers, and huge yellow power shovels, a couple of Dumpsters, orange-and-white striped barrels, orange traffic cones, a port-o-john, plastic trash cans — a lot of stuff’s been stored for months at the construction site of the state’s nearly complete Route 35 bridge project.

Selectman Bob Hebert pushed for “cleanup of the bridge site, removal of equipment” at the Feb. 21 Board of Selectmen’s meeting. He asked First Selectman Rudy Marconi to get on the state’s case.

The $3.2-million state bridge project with its lane closures and long lines of traffic frustrated Ridgefielders for two years. The road reopened last November. State Department of Transportation officials have long said that final landscaping and cleanup will be done this spring — a good time for planting.

Selectman Steve Zemo sympathized with Hebert’s objections.

“They’re using it as a storage facility,” he said.

Marconi said he’d bring the matter up with state officials.

“Can we give them a hard deadline?” Hebert asked. “It’s time.”