The target date of August 17 for restoration of the Merritt Parkway North Avenue bridge is near. It won’t be met.
So you’d think — particularly with penalties written into the contract — that crews would be working feverishly on the project.
Perhaps day and night.
In fact — according to James Lomuscio, writing last Friday for WestportNow — state Department of Transportation project engineer Shalal Hussein had said the week before that his crews were indeed “working around the clock.”
The weather this evening was beautiful. There was no heat, little humidity, and not a hint of rain.
There was also not a hint of any work being done on the bridge.
The alert — and concerned — “06880” reader who sent the photo above says, “This was taken at 7:30 p.m. tonight, on a clear evening. NO ONE is at the North Avenue Merritt bridge work site.”
She adds that according to a neighbor on Northside Lane, the crew shows up at 7 a.m. and leaves by 3 or 4 p.m.
“The lack of activity tonight was no aberration,” the neighbor says. “It is the norm.”