Project 0147-0062 Webpage

Welcome to the webpage for Project 0147-0062, Replacement of Bridge No. 04805, Forge Hill Road over Pachaug River, in the Town of Voluntown.

A Virtual Public Information Meeting (VPIM) was held for the project on February 20, 2024. The recording of that event can be accessed at the Virtual Public Information Meeting Video Library. Scroll down that page to find the video.

The video is also available on this YouTube Channel.

Report of Meeting from Virtual Public Information Meeting can be viewed here (coming soon...)

The purpose of the project is to replace Bridge No. 04805, which carries Forge Hill Road over Pachaug River. The proposed 34’-0” long replacement structure is a prestressed concrete solid deck beam bridge that will address the poor condition of the superstructure and restore two-way traffic. The superstructure will be supported by concrete abutments with foundations designed to resist scour. An aesthetically pleasing 3-tube open bridge rail system meeting current design standards is proposed along each fascia. The proposed 22’-0” wide roadway will be reconstructed approximately 200 feet at the south approach, approximately 350 feet along Wylie School Road/North Shore Road, and at the intersection of the three roads. A sidewalk will be added to the east side of the bridge, and there will be a westerly shift in the horizontal alignment to improve the intersection of the three roads. A temporary bridge will maintain traffic during construction, but truck traffic will be detoured through a 7.5-mile detour route around the bridge.

There are right-of-way impacts associated with the proposed improvements, requiring a partial property take (1 property), and temporary easements (3 properties), drainage easements (3 properties), and permanent slope easements (3 properties).

Construction is anticipated to begin Spring 2026 based on the availability of funding, acquisition of rights of way, and approval of permit(s).  The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $4.36 Million. This project is anticipated to be undertaken with 80% federal funds and 20% state funds.

Public Meeting Notice can be viewed here.

The proposed project plans can be viewed here.

Please note that the project email previously posted will not be monitored at the conclusion of the Virtual Public Information Meeting. Questions should be addressed to Customer Care at, please include the project number when making inquiries.

Additional Information for Public

Voluntary Feedback Survey

After the meeting, we hope you’ll take a few extra minutes to fill out our brief survey.

DOT Office of Equity – Title VI Program

MS-4 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems