Simmonsville Bridge Reopens with Fanfare

At a special ribbon cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, the Department of Transportation, state and local officials celebrated the reopening of the bridge that spans Simmonsville Brook which had been closed since July. The $2.8 million dollar project came in on budget and was completed ahead of schedule. “They brought this project in on budget and four months ahead of schedule. This is a project that normally have taken two years to build, but the new DOT with our new project management capabilities built it in eight months,” said Peter Alviti, Director of the DOT. According to the department, had conventional construction methods been used and the bridge remained open to the traffic, it would have taken two full construction seasons to complete. By coordinating the closure of the bridge, DOT was able to quickly replace the structure.