No one likes having dental bridge work done.
But what’s ahead for Westport might make us wish we were having root canal — without Novocain — instead.
You may have noticed those “Construction Ahead” signs near North Avenue’s Cross Highway and Easton Road intersections. They refer to an upcoming project: repairs to the Merritt Parkway North Avenue bridge.
As reported nearly 3 years ago, the state Department of Transportation needs to patch, waterproof and do other work on the 75-year-old Art Deco span.
That work begins soon.
The contract calls for a 210-day window. The anticipated completion date is October 30. There will be day and night work — and at some point, closure of North Avenue.
That’s a major thoroughfare in Westport. It carries 2300 vehicles a day — and is home to 4 schools (Staples High, Bedford and Coleytown Middle, and Coleytown Elementary).
The good news: Removal of mature trees will be kept to a minimum.